Forgotten Alberta

Sights and Stories of the Southeast

Prairie Cheeseburgers and the Post-Apocalyptic Cafe

The other night I was rifling through my Twitter feed when I came across the following item from Canadian Geographic: What 'prairie cheeseburgers' can teach us about cooperation http://t.co/GCNUq20yDU #wildlifewednesday — Canadian Geographic (@CanGeo) March 26, 2014 Intrigued, I clicked the link, hoping to read about the old prairie standard: a slab of hamburger dripping […]

The story of Forgotten Alberta

On March 14, I was privileged to join a diverse lineup of presenters at Medicine Hat’s Esplanade Heritage and Cultural Centre for the second Pecha Kucha Night of 2014. It was an interesting and informative night for all involved, and I’d like to thank Pecha Kucha organizers for inviting me to present. For those who […]

Forgotten Alberta is coming to Medicine Hat’s PechaKucha Night (V.2)

Clear your calendars Medicine Hat! On March 14, I will be joining some of the southeast’s most creative and interesting people at the second PechaKucha Night of 2014, taking place at the Esplanade Studio Theatre, start time 8:20 p.m.  As one of a dozen presenters on the evening (details below), i will be talking about the Forgotten Alberta blog, and why […]

Top Instagram Shots from 2013 – #10

It’s 2014, and as I’m feeling the need to publish in something the next two weeks, I’m going to be counting down my top 10 Instagram photos of the year, as “hearted” by my devoted legion of followers (all 17 of them). The selections are a mixture of pictures I’ve posted from previous year’s excursions, […]

It took more than money to save the south from drought

Photos courtesy of the Esplanade Archives. Albertans have a turbulent relationship with Mother Nature. We live in wonder of her ability to shape our majestic landscape and wide open spaces. Sometimes we wonder why we live here at all, when extreme weather events, like last month’s floods, turn lives upside down. Over the last century, […]

History books, websites help uncover the southeast’s forgotten history

I received an early Christmas present this year. Out of the blue, a reader of this column offered me two local histories from his collection, and I was happy to accept. I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude to Frank Horvath of Barrhead, Alberta for his kind donation. I developed a love of local histories […]

Alberta History Matters

I only found out this week the Canadian Museum of Civilization, soon to be renamed the Canadian Museum of History, is asking Canadians: What would you put in your national history museum? What stories would you tell? How would you reach Canadians across the country? Public consultation has been ongoing for a month, and unfortunately […]

True Grit

To eake out a living in these parts, you have to possess true grit. On a recent trip through the Eastern Irrigation District, the Calgary Sun’s Mike Drew encountered some of that grit, in the form a nascent black blizzard: The black blizzards of the Dirty ’30s became became just another part of the endless […]

Getting it right – Alberta’s American Fact must not be forgotten

“Settlers and farmers founded this province and their values run deep. Albertans are proud, resilient, generous and independent-minded. We believe in family and freedom, and are passionately devoted to the land on which we live.” – Premier Alison Redford, speech to AAMDC Fall Convention, 24 November 2011 I started this blog two years ago to […]

Coming soon to the Prairie Post – Forgotten Alberta

I am happy to report that starting in January 2012, select articles from the Forgotten Alberta website will begin appearing in print, on the pages of the Prairie Post newspaper. My column, to be called “Forgotten Alberta – Stories of the Southeast”, will run the third week of every month for readers in SW Saskatchewan […]

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    Drawing on 100+ years of family history in southeastern Alberta, Prairie Post columnist Jonathan Koch highlights the region's almost forgotten pioneer-era people and places.

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