The Lougheed House Blog

Who made you an authority?

April 6, 2021
Man leaning up against green rail in front of sandstone mansion

Written by Kevin Allen, member of our Community Advisory Committee for Lougheed House Re-Imagined. The Calgary Gay History Project started in 2012 on a whim. I had a notion of…

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Lougheed House: Pet Friendly for 130 Years

March 22, 2021
Black and white photograph of a very fluffy Persian cat.

Written by Kay Burns Lady Isabella Lougheed, affectionately known as Belle, was involved in numerous clubs and societies in addition to her active social life as the matriarch of Beaulieu…

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Challenge and Celebrate

March 8, 2021
Black and white image circa 1944-46 of three women in military uniform sitting on balustrade in front of group of trees.

Written by Kay Burns In 2021, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. Their statement is that “We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias…

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The Blair Sisters at Beaulieu

February 23, 2021
Black and white image c. 1903 of sandstone mansion with people and a carriage in front.

Written by Erin Benedictson As part of our research for Lougheed House Re-Imagined, we are diving deep into some of the other people who once lived at Lougheed House. One…

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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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