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Calgary's Story

Resources documenting Calgary, southern Alberta, and Western Canada

Bringing the city’s history and heritage to life.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the signing of Treaty 7, Calgary’s boom-and-bust past, exploring your house’s history, who Deerfoot Trail was named after, or what Calgary looked like at the turn of the century, you’ll find the answers in this collection of community heritage and family history resources.

Visit Calgary's Story, presented by Walt and Irene DeBoni, on Level 4 of Central Library.

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that the place we now know as Calgary has a deep history. In the spirit of respect and truth, we honour and acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the People of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Nakoda people of the Stoney Nations, the Beaver people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Three, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta.

Historian in Residence

Available for six months each year, the Historian in Residence delivers specialized programs about Calgary's rich past, and meets one-on-one with Library patrons to discuss your history-related questions.

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Inspiring life stories since 1912.

A timeline of important milestones in the Calgary Public Library’s history.

Share in our story

Do you know the stories of Calgary?

Try this virtual escape room with friends and family! You'll learn about Calgary's community history, from the time of the dinosaurs, to the Indigenous people who live here and other notable Calgarians and places in the city.

Historic Calgary Week Escape Room

The Fidler Map

The Fidler Map is the first recorded map of the Blackfoot traditional territory. The map details insights from a Blackfoot Chief named Ackomokki — but was named after the European man who transcribed his drawings, Peter Fidler.

Take a trip back in time with recorded history programs

Miss out on a program, or want to rewatch one you loved? Check out the free history programs on our YouTube channel to hear accounts from experts in local history, international archeology, and more.

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