Sign Your Name to Victory! – The U.F.A. During World War Two

Alberta may have seemed far away from the front lines in Europe during World War Two (1939-1945), but rural communities were affected by the war in a variety of ways. The United Farmers of Alberta (U.F.A.) worked hard to support Canada in the war while still supporting agriculture and rural communities around the province. The … Continue reading Sign Your Name to Victory! – The U.F.A. During World War Two

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to you all! We hope you enjoy this holiday card using the December 1972 cover of The United Farmer. You can see the original here: In this same issue is a thoughtful Christmas Message from then UFA President George Sayle and General Manager William (Bill) McCartney. We wish you the same, and … Continue reading Happy Holidays!

New Acquisition – Thomas A. Anderson Fonds

Earlier this year, the United Farmers Historical Society (UFHS) acquired a significant donation of materials that belonged to Thomas A. Anderson, a U.F.A. member who served as Secretary for the Cardston District local in the 1920s. The archives was contacted by the family of the record creator who had kept these materials in their family … Continue reading New Acquisition – Thomas A. Anderson Fonds

Women Are Persons!

October 18th is Persons Day in Canada, a significant day to commemorate. In 1927, Emily Murphy, Alberta’s first female judge, along with Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards challenged a part of the Canadian Constitution that had historically prevented women from being appointed to the Senate. These women became known as … Continue reading Women Are Persons!

United Farm Women in Politics

In 1914, a women's section of the United Farmers of Alberta was formed, (later named the United Farm Women of Alberta (U.F.W.A.) in 1916), and they quickly began pushing for improvements regarding public education, healthcare, community well-being and equal rights. The U.F.W.A. would typically bring their concerns to the U.F.A. Annual Conventions, who would then … Continue reading United Farm Women in Politics

The U.F.A. in Federal Politics

Only months after a federal by-election and provincial election, a federal general election was called for December 6, 1921 and the U.F.A. party ran 10 candidates winning in all ridings. The Members of Parliament representing Alberta farmers in Ottawa were George Gibson Coote (Macleod), Donald Macbeth Kennedy (Edmonton West), Edward J. Garland (Bow River), Lincoln … Continue reading The U.F.A. in Federal Politics

100th Anniversary of the U.F.A. Government

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of when the United Farmers of Alberta (U.F.A.) formed the provincial government in 1921. That same year, they also won seats in the Federal general election. Today, the UFA is known for its iconic orange farm supply stores and petroleum agencies, but has an early history as an organization … Continue reading 100th Anniversary of the U.F.A. Government

U.F.A. and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Today’s Covid-19 pandemic is reminiscent of the influenza pandemic of 1918. Although most of us were not around then, we can learn through archival sources how the pandemic changed daily life for Albertans, and draw parallels between the approaches and responses from a century ago to today. This blog post will look at the 1918 … Continue reading U.F.A. and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Over 100 years of history!

The United Farmers of Alberta is one of the oldest agriculture cooperatives in Canada. Since its formation in 1909, gender diversity, inclusion, and ‘rights for all’ have been cornerstones to its foundation. The United Farmers Historic Society was founded in 2002. It's mission is to steward and promote the historical artifacts of the United Farmers … Continue reading Over 100 years of history!