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  • Klondike Days!

    As the city of Edmonton welcomes their annual summer exhibition, and ponders whether it should once more be named Klondike Days or K Days, I thought it might be interesting to learn something about Sam Steele’s experience with the real Klondike Days which was kicked off when gold was discovered in the Yukon in 1896. […] ... read full post
  • Mounties, Moustaches, and Crooks in the Klondike

    From July 19th to July 29th moustaches and Klondike Crooks take over the Sam Steele Exhibit at Enterprise Square! July 19th Moustache Mania takes over the Sam Steele exhibit!  There are 271 moustaches just on the 100 foot-long timeline in the gallery and we want to see even more of the funky facial hair.  Join […] ... read full post
  • Poetry inspired by Sam Steele

    The guides have been hard at work learning all about Sam Steele and sharing his story with visitors to the exhibition. Inspired by Steele, his life, his legacy, and his mustache, one of the guides penned an poem to our Canadian hero. If you are also poetically inspired by Steele, let us know! Ode to […] ... read full post
  • Sam Steele Almost Doesn’t Go to the Klondike Gold Rush

    The following article was written by Rod Macleod, historian and Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta:      Sam Steele’s time in the Yukon at the height of the great gold rush was one of the defining moments of his life. In 1897 he was a senior NWMP Superintendent stationed at Ft. Macleod. He was well known […] ... read full post
  • For the Love of Stamps

    The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada recently held their annual convention in Edmonton from June 1st to 3rd. Alongside their very interesting philatelic displays, was featured a mini-exhibition of Sam Steele archival documents from our Bruce Peel Library collection. The library staff was generously invited to attend the Society’s banquet, held aboard the Edmonton Queen […] ... read full post
  • Lesson Plans for Teachers!

    An interesting small Sam Steele display has been created by the staff of the H.T. Coutts Education Library at the University of Alberta. The display is set up in the hallway opposite the library entrance, and includes posters, photographs, and a selection of books, all available at the Education Library, that teachers might choose to […] ... read full post
  • Busy Days Preparing for the Sam Steele Exhibition!

    In just over a month, and the countdown has begun, the University of Alberta Libraries will present the inaugural exhibition of the Sir Samuel Steele Collection at the Enterprise Square Gallery in downtown Edmonton. Everyone involved with presenting the exhibition is busy preparing the gallery space, and last week was particularly exciting as horses and cannons were moved […] ... read full post
  • A Connection with the Titanic Tragedy

    In light of this month being the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I thought it timely to share a connection Sam and Marie Steele had with one of the Titanic victims. A passenger on the ill-fated Titanic voyage was J. Hugo Ross of Winnipeg, the son of Arthur Wellington Ross, Member of Parliament for the Manitoba […] ... read full post
  • A Confusing Birthdate

    We have recently had inquiries at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library about what the actual year of Sam Steele’s birth is, and why there is ongoing confusion about this date. As the archivist working with the Steele papers, I totally understand this confusion. Sam himself ‘accepted’ various dates for his birth, often not correcting the birth-dates […] ... read full post
  • A Pretty Border!

    I have long admired scrapbooks kept by family and friends that include so many nice visuals and dashes of color, so wanted to share a page from a Steele family photograph album that is also quite lovely to look at. The album pages are edged with colorful floral borders that are a lovely contrast to […] ... read full post