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  • Happy Family Day!

    It is Family Day in Alberta, as well as in many other places in Canada, so I wanted to post a picture of the Steele family to honor the occasion! This particular picture was taken in 1916 when the family was living in Kent, England. At this time, two of the Steele children – son Harwood […] ... read full post
  • Brrrr!!!

    Waking up in the Edmonton area today, we were greeted with temperatures hovering near 29 degrees below zero – not so unusual for January in Alberta! It always strikes me, when working with historical documents, how obsevations and comments about weather strike a truly common chord. As humans, we seem to have a need to […] ... read full post
  • Sam ‘s 165th Birthday!

    Today (January 5th, 2013) marks the 165th year since Samuel Benfield Steele’s birth on January 5th, 1848 in Medonte Township, Upper Canada to parents Elmes Yelverton Steele and Anne MacIan Macdonald. An earlier blog entry focussed on the deliberate confusion Sam encouraged about the year of his birth – he appears to have always portrayed […] ... read full post
  • Season’s Greetings!

    Interesting items fill the Steele family archives housed at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library! In honour of the Christmas season, I thought I would share a few of the items that bring this season to mind. First, is a recipe for “Honey gingerbread”, hand-written on a scrap of paper, but quite legible (and the […] ... read full post
  • Armistice Day 1918

    With November 11th rapidly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to look at what Sam recorded in his diary on this historic day in 1918. Sam, at this point in time, was not at all well. He was bedridden with the flu and other ailments that would end his life in only a short two months following […] ... read full post
  • Video Blog 3: Law and Order in the Yukon

    In the third Sam Steele Video Blog, tour guide Samantha investigates an escape note from Steele’s time with the NWMP in the Klondike. Law and Order: Sam Steele Edition from Sam Steele Collection on Vimeo. ... read full post
  • Video Blog 2: Sam Steele Goes to the Boer War

    In the second installment of the Sam Steele Video Series, tour guide Paul takes you to the eve of the Boer War with an interesting letter from a couple young volunteers for the Lord Strathcona’s Horse. If you want to see the letter for yourself the exhibit is open until September 30th at the Enterprise […] ... read full post
  • Video Blog 1: Sam the Family Man

    Welcome to the Sam Steele Video Blog Series! The end of the Sam Steele: Journey of a Canadian Hero is fast approaching and we wanted to make give everyone interested in Steele but unable to visit Edmonton a chance to see a little bit of what is on display. The first video comes from our […] ... read full post
  • Reviving a Canadian Hero

    *This was originally posted on Active History. Sam Steele was the Forrest Gump of Canadian History.  He was involved in some way with the Fenian Raids, the Long March West, the 1870 Riel Uprising, the establishment of the North-West Mounted Police, the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the 1885 Northwest Uprising, the Klondike Gold […] ... read full post
  • Coming Soon: Video Blogs

    We are nearing the halfway mark of the Sam Steele Exhibit at Enterprise Square in Edmonton and the guides are ready to share some of their favourite items in the exhibit.  Over the next month a series of six videos about items on display will be posted here for the enjoyment of all those Steele […] ... read full post