The Forgotten Alberta Project

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About Forgotten Alberta

“150 years ago Captain John Palliser said this region was unsuitable for agricultural settlement. Whether the captain would be honoured or embarrassed that the Palliser Triangle bears his name today is anyone’s guess. One thing I do know: Although the region owes its name to Palliser; it’s the pioneers who gave us our identity.”

In 2009, Jonathan Koch launched the Forgotten Alberta Project in an effort to raise awareness about the disappearing history of southeastern Alberta. Using a website (, social media, and a monthly newspaper column within the Prairie Post (2012-14), the Forgotten Alberta Project has spearheaded preservation efforts at two heritage sites within eastern Vulcan County. In 2014, the Forgotten Alberta project received the 2014 Heritage Awareness Award from the Government of Alberta for outstanding achievement in promoting and interpreting Alberta’s heritage.

About Jonathan Koch

Sorry Mr. Dyrland… I’ll try harder I promise!

Jonathan Koch has over a decade of experience in professional communication, both as a newspaper reporter and editor, and as a corporate communications specialist.

As a freelance writer and columnist, Jonathan’s work has been published in several Alberta weekly newspapers, including the Prairie Post East and West editions, Brooks Bulletin, Calgary Herald, and Medicine Hat News. He has also contributed to the Western Standard, Alberta Views, and Alberta History Journal.

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Believe it or not, reporters contact me on occasion to ask me what I think about things. That’s a scary thought. Here are a few examples (links provided when available):

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Forgotten Alberta Live at Didsbury Municipal Library “Pints and Points” event, 2018 (Artist’s rendition)

You don’t have to be a reporter to give me a shout. Since 2009, hundreds of people from across Canada and the United States have contacted me with questions about Forgotten Alberta, the places I write about, and the people who once lived there.  If you have a question, or two, or ten, or you just want to say “hi”, feel free to drop me a line! I would also be grateful for any stories, photos or video you might want to share and submit as well.

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Chronicling the forgotten people and places of the southern Alberta drybelt. 2014 Alberta Heritage Resources Foundation Heritage Awareness Award recipient.