The LH Blog

Welcome to Lougheed House: Stories! Have you ever wanted to know more about the people who worked at Beaulieu, or get a glimpse into the back rooms of a museum? Ever wondered how an exhibit gets its start? 

In biweekly posts, find out about new research, what makes a historic house museum different than any other museum (and the challenges that come with it), sneak peeks into our current project, Lougheed House Reimagined, and so much more. Keep checking back or look for new posts on social media!  

Latest Posts

Musing on House Museums

February 10, 2021
Coloured image of stately home in with brown bricks and brown roof.

Written by Kay Burns The “house museum” is a particular type of museum in the realm of museology. Like most museums, the aim of the house museum is to preserve…

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The Early Stampede

November 17, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen The era of the open-range cattle industry that began in the 1880s and peaked by 1906 was enabled by the Canadian government’s generous policies permitting large-scale…

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Calgary’s Literary Celebrity

November 12, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen Winnifred Eaton Reeve was a Canadian novelist and screenwriter born in 1875 in Montreal to an English father and a Chinese mother. She was one of…

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Women in the Military

November 10, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen During the Second World War, Canada’s military was facing labour shortages and needed to find a way to free up capable men from administrative and support…

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Nellie McClung’s Complicated Legacy

November 5, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen In 1923, the well-known author, activist, and Alberta MLA Nellie McClung became a new neighbour of the Lougheeds. McClung and her family moved into a half-timbered…

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Three Calgary Chinatowns

November 3, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen Chinese immigrants were attracted to Western Canada to work on the construction of the CPR in the early 1880s. They faced racist government policies and discrimination.…

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The Gay History of Lougheed House

October 29, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen For many years, the park around Lougheed House was at the centre of Calgary’s gay prostitution stroll which was known in the community as the “Fruit Loop”.…

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Calgary’s Great Fire

October 27, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen   The November 6, 1886 edition of the Calgary Weekly Herald called for “an effective system of fire suppression […] required without delay”. The writer mused…

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Calgary’s Métis History

October 22, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen   Isabella Hardisty was born in Deninu Kué, ‘moose island place,’ a trading post on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake, also called Fort Resolution.…

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The Story of Charles Daniels

October 20, 2020

Written by Caroline Loewen Charles Daniels worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway during the early 20th century as an inspector for porters. At the time, one of the few jobs…

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