Conference Information

More information on program and registration is forthcoming.

This conference is hosted by the Winnifred Eaton Archive and will take place in Calgary, Alberta where Winnifred spent the last four decades of her life in Calgary, writing screenplays, championing Canadian authors, fostering Alberta Little Theater, and ranching. While living in Alberta, Eaton and her family’s foundation also supported many local organizations including the Alberta YMCA, the Salvation Army, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, the Glenbow Museum, the Boys’ Club, and Wood’s Christian Home.

Events will take place at the University of Calgary, the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Silver Dragon Restaurant, located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. Calgary is a prominent airport hub with a history of literary community, rodeos, and resource extraction. It also is the site of the fourth largest Chinatown in Canada.

July 26: Walking Conversation with Calgary author and literary historian Shaun Hunter, author of Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers. Shaun will guide conference registrants and descendants to two of the many Calgary addresses Eaton called home. During this walking conversation, we will share stories, anecdotes and memories of Eaton’s Calgary years. Tour begins at Lougheed House and is ~ 2km (1 mile).

July 27 & 28: Panels addressed primarily to a scholarly audience will take place Thursday July 27 and Friday July 28 at the University of Calgary. Several events open to the public will be held in the University of Calgary’s experimental Reeve Theatre built with funds donated by Winnifred Eaton’s second husband Francis F. Reeve and her daughter Doris, and at University of Calgary Archives & Special Collections, where the Winnifred Eaton Reeve fonds are housed.

July 29: Public-facing presentations, including a Chinese Canadian genealogy workshop, and a multi-course banquet inspired by the Chinese Japanese Cookbook authored by Winnifred and her sister Sarah, will take place July 29 in downtown Calgary: at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre and the Silver Dragon Restaurant.
July 30: Check out other local events organized by Historic Calgary Week