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Lorena Smalley

We know our members love history and with so many of our members’ families being long time residents of Edmonton, we thought it would be fun to share some of the amazing articles from the Edmonton Heritage Council’s ECAMP website.

Up next…we have all been to Hawrelak Park but how much do you know about William Hawrelak?   This week we share an article from the ECAMP website about Mayor William Hawrelak

Mayor William Hawrelak: Resigned, Removed & Re-elected – Author Justin Bell

At the centre of Edmonton’s river valley system sits William Hawrelak Park, an “emerald oasis” that plays host to ice castles and Shakespeare festivals, small family gatherings, and the Edmonton Heritage Festival.

What Edmontonians heading into the park may not be aware of is the namesake behind the park: an incredibly popular mayor who sat in the big chair for a dozen years between 1951 and 1975. He was also forced to leave the mayor’s seat twice for using his position as mayor to benefit himself financially, once resigning and once being removed by the Supreme Court of Alberta.

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Launched in 2013, the Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP) is an initiative of the Edmonton Heritage Council that explores the history of our city through story. We hope you enjoy the articles we are sharing and we encourage you to visit the ECAMP website to read more!

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