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From the Vaults: Audio from Edmonton's Past

From the Vaults: Audio from Edmonton’s Past is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the early history of Edmonton through digitized audio recordings preserved in the City of Edmonton Archives. These recordings were made by the people who helped shape Edmonton and who bore witness to the community’s growth throughout the early twentieth century. Wearing headphones to listen is highly recommended!

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Voices of Old Strathcona: Doris Lawton
Today's episode features Doris Lawton. Lawton goes into detail about her experience in school and about getting a job after graduating.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
92:35 2/7/24
Voices of Old Strathcona: Irene Richards
Today's interview features Irene Richards, another resident of Old Strathcona. Richards, having lived on a farm outside of Strathcona, describes her experience working on her parent's dairy farm and the growth of her local church community. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
80:49 1/24/24
Voices of Old Strathcona: Helen Taylor
Today's episode features an interview of Helen Taylor. Taylor describes her experience of Strathcona after the Second World War and the enormous post-war growth of the area. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
79:30 1/10/24
Voices of Old Strathcona: Vonda Smith
This week's interviewee, Vonda Smith, discusses winter sporting in Edmonton including skating and cross-country skiing. Smith also describes the effects of the influenza epidemic in the area. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
72:40 12/27/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: George L. Davies
Named a 'Living Heritage Treasure' by the Alberta Museums' Association in 1993, George L. Davies is the subject of today's oral history interview. A teacher by trade, Davies describes life in Strathcona and his decades of work with the Edmonton Public School Board. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
61:19 12/13/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Robert M. Currie
This week's interviewee, Robert M. Currie, describes his time during the Second World War. His journey through Britain, Belgium, and Germany during the 1940s provides a unique perspective of someone from Strathcona who came home to see the postwar boom. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
51:41 11/29/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Mae Dornan
Mae Dornan, this week's interviewee, discusses her arrival in Strathcona in 1910. She describes the Strathcona Hotel, where her family spent their first night, and the experience of her family establishing themselves and running a local hardware store. Cover Image:EA-444-2https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/wankel-and-barr-hardwareThese interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
62:35 11/15/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Elizabeth A. Frost Part 2
On today's episode, we listen to Elizabeth A. Frost's Voices of Old Strathcona interview. In addition to her early upbringing in Strathcona, Frost describes many of the religious communities that called the area home. This is part 2 of 2 episodes featuring Elizabeth A. Frost's interview.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
60:11 11/1/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Elizabeth A. Frost Part 1
On today's episode, we listen to Elizabeth A. Frost's Voices of Old Strathcona interview. In addition to her early upbringing in Strathcona, Frost describes many of the religious communities that called the area home. This is part 1 of 2 episodes featuring Elizabeth A. Frost's interview.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
62:42 10/18/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Ruth Hargrave
Ruth Hargrave's Voices of Old Strathcona interview is the subject of today's From the Vaults episode. Describing her upbringing and childhood, Hargrave provides a clear picture of growing up in Old Strathcona. As one of the first women who attended the University of Alberta, Hargrave also describes her work in achieving her degree. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
55:30 10/4/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Evelyn Smith
Evelyn Smith's Voices of Old Strathcona interview is the subject of today's episode. Smith, a nurse, describes her time working in and around the University. Smith also describes transportation innovations, including the shift from the street-car to individual automobile usage. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
59:05 9/20/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Mabel Geary
Mabel Geary's Voices of Old Strathcona interview is the subject of today's episode. Geary, a graduate of the Camrose Normal School and the University of Alberta, describes her experience teaching in the many one-room schools around Edmonton and Strathcona.Cover Image:EA-207-743https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/mabel-gearyThese interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
61:49 9/6/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Patrick Rose
On today's episode, the Voices of Old Strathcona Oral History Project interviews Patrick Rose. Rose, a medical doctor, was involved in the growth of Edmonton and Alberta's medical infrastructure. These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
15:40 8/23/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Harmon H. McMahon
Harmon H. McMahon is the subject of today's Voices of Old Strathcona interview. McMahon describes the changes he experienced in Strathcona, particularly the changes in landscape and architecture that occurred after the Second World War.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
93:13 8/9/23
Voices of Old Strathcona: Eva McKitrick
For the first full episode of Season 2, the Voices of Old Strathcona Project interviews Eva McKitrick, a daughter of one of the area's oldest settlers. She was a teacher, and was fascinated with history, particularly that of her family.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
92:48 7/26/23
Season 2 Trailer
Welcome to Season 2 of the podcast!With another set of audio recordings coming up, join Dylan as he provides details and context for the recordings from The Old Strathcona Foundation's Voices of Old Strathcona oral history project.Thanks for listening!Cover Image: ET-28-844https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/whyte-avenue-3These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
03:13 7/12/23
An Interview with Laurence G. Decore, Part 2
In today's episode, we continue the July 1996 interview of Laurence G. Decore.Cover Image: EA-813-1Mayor Laurence Decore receiving the chain of officehttps://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/mayor-laurence-decore-receiving-the-chain-of-officeThis interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on April 1st, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
83:29 6/28/23
An Interview with Laurence G. Decore, Part 1
In today's episode, we join Georgia Baird in her July 1996 interview of former alderman and Mayor Laurence G. Decore.Cover Image: EA-813-1Mayor Laurence Decore receiving the chain of officehttps://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/mayor-laurence-decore-receiving-the-chain-of-officeThis interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on April 1st, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
82:34 6/14/23
An Interview with Cecil (Cec) John Harry Purves, Part 2
In today's episode, we join Georgia Baird in the second part of her May 1996 interview of former alderman and Mayor Cecil Purves.Cover Image: ET-28-163Mayor Purveshttps://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/mayor-purvesThis interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 31st, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
58:06 5/31/23
An Interview with Cecil (Cec) John Harry Purves, Part 1
In today's episode, we join Georgia Baird in the first part of her May 1996 interview of former alderman and Mayor Cecil Purves.Cover Image: ET-28-163Mayor Purveshttps://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/mayor-purvesThis interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 31st, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
94:19 5/17/23
An Interview with Janice Rhea Reimer, Part 2
In today's episode, we join Georgia Baird in the second part of her 1996 interview of former alderman and Mayor Janice Rhea Reimer.This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 31st, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
55:15 5/3/23
An Interview with Janice Rhea Reimer, Part 1
In today's episode, we join Georgia Baird in the first part of her 1996 interview of former alderman and Mayor Janice Rhea Reimer.This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 31st, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
86:29 4/19/23
An Interview with Muriel Clark
In today's episode, we join Bruce Ibsen and Muriel Clark in their January 28th, 1987 interview. The daughter of Joseph Clark, a former Mayor of Edmonton, Clark describes her perspective of the City as well as some details of the personal life of one of Edmonton's most well-known mayors. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 30th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
38:51 4/5/23
An Interview with Frank Rodberg
In today's episode, we join Bruce Ibsen and Frank Rodberg in their December 2nd, 1985 interview. A longtime resident of Edmonton, Rodberg describes the City's growth over the years as well as his experience working as a Bailiff for the Sherriff's office. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 30th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
45:10 3/22/23
An Interview with Stan McMillan
In today's episode, we join Bruce Ibsen and Stan McMillan in their November 20th, 1985 interview. As a bushpilot, McMillan describes his career in aviation and some notable incidents in Edmonton's history regarding the work of pilots. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 26th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
57:38 3/8/23
An Interview with Bryce Van Dusen
In today's episode, we join Bruce Ibsen and Bryce Van Dusen in their September 6th, 1985 interview. The son of early western settlers, Van Dusen describes his life in early Edmonton and his work as an entrepreneur. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 26th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
65:15 2/22/23
An Interview with Ernie Smalian
In today's episode, we join Bruce Ibsen and Ernie Smalian in their July 12th, 1985 interview. Smalian describes his work building the early hockey community in Edmonton. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 26th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
111:13 2/8/23
An Interview with James F. Falconer
In today's episode, we join John McIssac in his November 27th, 1981 interview of James F. Falconer. Falconer, a member of the Edmonton Public School Board among other positions, describes the changes he saw in Edmonton and Alberta during his career.Cover Image: EA-4-9 [James F. Falconer]https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/james-f-falconer-2This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 25th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
140:48 1/25/23
An Interview with Doug Lychak
In today's episode, we join Bruce Ibsen in his June 25th, 1985 interview of Doug Lychak, City Manager. Lychak describes his time before being hired as the City of Edmonton's City Manager, as well as crucial points in his carrier during. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 25th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
60:31 1/11/23
An Interview with Elizabeth 'Betty' Hewes
On today's episode, we join John McIssac in his October 4th, 1984 interview of Elizabeth 'Betty' Hewes. An Alderman from 1974 to 1984, Hewes speaks to her time in Edmonton and her work with 22 public and community service boards. Hewes also speaks to her work as an MLA after her aldermanic career and election to the Legislature as a Liberal member, the first woman since Nellie McLung in 1921. This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on March 25th, 2021.These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time. Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.
162:55 12/28/22