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Answering questions about Edmonton history with Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.

Answering questions about Edmonton history with Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.
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Answering questions about Edmonton history with Historian Laureate Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.






15 - The Sign Of The Ferry

Raymond Matthias asks if he's found the remains of John Walter’s ferry. We take a live history walk into the river valley to examine the debris he found and get to the bottom of his question.

Duration: 00:48:06

14 - The Land At Hand

Lauren Crazybull asks what parallels we can see between broken treaties and gentrification in Edmonton. Our journey starts on a hill at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery with Papaschase First Nation's Chief Calvin Bruneau.

Duration: 00:42:57

13 - The Multiplication Of Evil

Tess Dehoog asks whether it's true that the German Nazi party came to Edmonton to learn about Alberta’s eugenics program.

Duration: 00:43:24

12 - A Rather Queer Roadtrip

Kory deGroot asks where we can learn about queer history in Edmonton. Answering that takes us through old love letters at the U of A Archives, a sneak peek at some research Fort Ed is doing, and hearing a story about coming out late in life.

Duration: 00:58:15

11 - About Ritchie

Ritchie is a beloved older neighbourhood near Mill Creek Ravine. In this episode, we gathered residents' questions about a school, a meatpacking plant, and some trees in the area. And then we took a walk to find out the answers together.

Duration: 00:35:59

10 - The Dinosaurs At Danek

What are paleontologists digging up at Edmonton's Danek Bonebed? We head down into the ravine to answer that question and a whole lot more questions about dinosaurs from Edmonton kids.

Duration: 00:28:29

The Talking Teacup

This month, I have something a little different for you. It’s a one-off podcast I did in June 2016 to capture a little taste of the 2016 Edmonton Chinatown Conference. The 2016 Edmonton Chinatown Conference ran from June 11-12 at the University of Alberta. It was a gathering of city planners, business people, history nerds, young artists, folks from Chinatowns in other cities, and just generally Edmontonians with a strong bond to Chinatown here. The goal: to learn more about Chinatown's...

Duration: 00:25:32

6 - The Great Apartment Caper

This episode: The Great Apartment Caper. Pamela Learmond asks me to help her verify whether her grandpa really had an entire apartment building moved down 97 Street.

Duration: 00:57:24

Episode 4 - The Klan Query

Rebecca Jade asks whether we can put a plaque where the KKK used to publish their newspaper in Edmonton - The Liberator. Along the way we learn about the mayor and premier who lent support to the KKK, a fiery picnic, and what the point of a plaque is anyway. The Edmonton Historical Board's Barbara Hilden helps us figure out whether a plaque is possible.

Duration: 00:39:53

Episode 3 - The Story Of The Sheppard House

This episode: The Story of the Sheppard House. Christy Boulter asks what exactly is the story behind her home, and its original owner William Sheppard. Investigating that question gave us a surprising look at booze, the behind-the-scenes machinations around prohibition, and what your dining room says about you.

Duration: 00:36:26

Episode 2 - The Trustee Enigma

This episode: The Trustee Enigma. Bashir Mohamed asks whether Edmonton has ever had a black public school trustee. Looking for an answer takes us to the Edmonton Public School Board's archives, a conversation with a current trustee, and to the centre of the conversation about modern-day racism in Edmonton. This episode contains some explicit language. Full episode information at

Duration: 00:38:44

Episode 1 - The Snow Goose Case

The first episode of Let's Find Out, where we take your questions about Edmonton's history and find out the answer together. This episode: the Snow Goose Case. How did the Snow Goose Festival become the Snow Goose Chase? The answer reveals something fascinating about us, and what we can get used to, and how quickly normal can change. Full episode information at

Duration: 00:21:21

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Duration: 00:00:33