This year’s CAHS convention will take place in Edmonton, Alberta from Wednesday,June 22nd to Sunday, June 26th and will explore the theme “Edmonton: Gateway to the North.” I hope you’ll be able to join us for a great program of speakers, visits to top-notch heritage institutions, and special events. Of course there will also be lots of time to catch up with old friends – and make some new ones!
The convention headquarters will be the Chateau Nova Hotel & Suites at 159 Airport Rd. We’ve secured convention rates of approximately $97 for a single queen room or $103 for a double queen room (taxes incl.). Please reserve by calling 1-888-919-6682 and quoting the group name CAHS and number 576.
For regular members and guests, the convention kicks off Wednesday evening with registration and a meet & greet. Thursday morning we’re off on a day trip to Wetaskiwin, home of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum and Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. We’ll also get a rare glimpse inside the RAM warehouse. After supper will be the CAHS Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers.
During the day on Friday and Saturday, you’ll be introduced to dynamic speakers with heavily-illustrated presentations on a variety of military, civil, and heritage topics connected to Edmonton, Alberta and the North. Scroll down for a quick list, then visit the convention page on www.cahs.ca for full bios and descriptions.
We’re holding the convention to coincide with the Alberta Aviation Museum’s AirFest, and we’ve been invited to attend several of their events. These include:
- A Friday-night swing dance featuring a big band and static display of Second World War-era armoured vehicles
- A Saturday-night Northwest Staging Route-themed dinner
- Sunday AirFest activities – including the fly-in breakfast
Full program details, including registration costs, will be on the website and circulated by newsletter in a few weeks. We will also provide information on other places you may want to visit in the area, such as: 4 Wing-CFB Cold Lake, Nanton’s Bomber Command Museum, and the Aero Space Museum of Calgary.
Keep checking www.cahs.ca for updates and information!
Looking forward to seeing you in June!
CAHS National President and 2011 Convention Chair
Dynamic Speakers and Fascinating Topics!
Chris Weicht - "High River: Alberta's First Air Station"
Denny & Margaret May - "Mercy and Mail by Air: Wop May's Historic Interwar Flights"
Clark Seaborn - "Flying is Funny: The Lighter Side of Alberta Aviation in the 1930s"
- Bill Zuk - "Tom Lamb: 'Mr. North'"
Rachel Lea Heide - "British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Bases and Towns in Alberta"
Whitney Lackenbauer & Richard Goette - "Frigid Wings, Warm Hearts: RCAF Arctic Mercy Flights During the Early Cold War"
Todd Kristensen - "Archaeology of a Crash: B-17 Discovery and Heritage Survey in the Yukon"
- Darrell "Doc" Knight - "Buffalo Airways: Diamonds, DC-3s, and 'Buffalo Joe' McBryan"
Exciting Aircraft on Display!
One of our partners, Vintage Wings of Canada, will be doing its Yellow Wings tour with BCATP aircraft this year. They will be leaving two of these – a Tiger Moth and a Fleet Finch – in Edmonton during the convention.
Also in the works: a “Stage and Screen” evening highlighting Canadian aviation history in film and theatre!