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The Illustrated War News

Edited by J. W. Bengough (1851-1923), "cartoonist, editor, publisher, author, entertainer, and politician." Aptly described as "bombastically nationalistic." (John Wilson Bengough, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online)

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News & Updates

2014 Edmonton Folk Music festival Program added to the already impressive lineup of scanned programs

In anticipation of the 2015 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, we have digitized and made available the 2014 edition program. Programs are available from 1980 onwards. ... July 30, 2015

Interesting Peel Statistical Analysis from the 1st Half of 2015

For the 1st 6 months of 2015, here are some interesting stats about users and usage of the Peel site,
-1.9+ million page views!
-60% new visitors versus 40% returning
-of all visits, 78% via desktop computer (includes laptops); and then remaining equally tablet and mobile
-newspapers are the top choice for Peel users, and then the Henderson Directories after that (with Edmonton and Winnipeg vying for 1st place usage!)
-Other top Henderson Directories include Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon
-Top used newspaper is the Edmonton Bulletin
-Postcards are also very popular
-By Country: ... July 20, 2015

A Letter from Louis Riel, "Tres cher ami"

A previously unrecorded autograph letter of Louis Riel, written at a most important juncture of the first Red River Rebellion, a mere seven days after Riel's band of Metis rebels had captured Dr. Schultz and his party at Fort Garry and imprisoned them, and just six days after the publication of the famous Declaration of the Inhabitants of Rupert's Land.

Le Courrier de l'ouest

Published from 1905 to 1915 in Edmonton, Alberta, this newspaper was at one time the only French language newspaper created in Western Canada. (Alberta's Online Encyclopedia)