The Historica-Dominion Institute mourns the passing of Peter Lougheed, a great Albertan and Canadian. Along with his many achievements on behalf of his country, the Institute in particular is grateful for his commitment to history, shown through his constant support of our initiatives. In 1978, when Mr. Lougheed was asked, in his capacity as Alberta premier, to support the creation of The Canadian Encyclopedia, he immediately agreed – and also offered to underwrite the Encyclopedia’s development cost. He then decided to provide additional funding in order to send a copy to every school and library in Canada. This gesture became Alberta’s gift to Canada, given on the occasion of Alberta’s 75th anniversary. That grant marked the first in support of the Encyclopedia, a national resource that has now been available to Canadians for almost 30 years (available today in online form.)
In his devotion to the preservation and promotion of Canada’s history, Mr. Lougheed also gave generously of his time. He served as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of The Historica Foundation, and as President of Historica’s Advisory Council. In these roles, he helped set the tone for projects and initiatives that are still reflected in work the HDI does today.
Along with many other Canadians, we are grateful for the enduring legacy of his achievements – and saddened by the loss of a remarkable politician, person, and friend.
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