Valerie Palmer, Peace River, Alberta

Valerie Jeanne Williamson was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1933. “Children like me, growing up in wartime Britain, were often thrown on their own resources to fill their leisure hours. Hence, when I was not in school, or playing sports, I developed many hobbies, including drawing, painting, letter-writing and collecting everything from stamps to shells, rocks, and all kinds of …

Peace River Train Station Northern Alberta Railway 1930

“Peace Train” and the Runaway Caboose of 1947

A Comedy of Errors in Peace River’s history Researching a black-and-white photo can lead to the discovery of colourful stories! November 2018 was the 100th Anniversary of the completion of the railway bridge across the Mighty Peace River. I collaborated with Carson Murphy and Beth Wilkins at the Peace River Museum to create a commemorative “Peace Train” card with pictures …