The Calgary Stampede has undertaken a new community engagement initiative with our long-time partner, BMO.

In five BMO branches throughout the city, you will have the chance to check out some spectacular historical artifacts and engaging stories!

The exhibit at Sunridge branch talks about the importance of community

We are happy to be able to share our historical collections in this way. Preserving and promoting our western heritage is one of our key values. One of the ways we do this is collecting important artifacts, records and stories from our history and our community that help us connect to the past and plan for our future.

“I’m excited for the future, currently we have five historical displays in BMO branches across the city that showcase Stampede’s history,” said Dana Peers, First Vice-Chairman of the Calgary Stampede Board of Directors. “Each display has one of the following themes: Community, Women of the Stampede, Rodeo, Chuckwagon Racing and Indian Village. The displays include significant artifacts such as Flores Ladue’s saddle and Clem Gardner’s cowboy hat.”

Sharing these amazing stories is also of utmost importance to us, which is why we were so excited to participate in this exhibition project with BMO. As a long standing partner for over 105 years, BMO shares much of the history we are pleased to showcase. Getting our collections out into the community in unexpected places is a great way to engage with even more Calgarians, and celebrate our heritage.

Exhibits like this take lots of planning and team work

Keep your eyes open at BMO Main Branch, Chinook, Shawnessy, Sunridge and Crowfoot for saddles, cowboy hats, bronzes, headdresses and more, which tell important stories focused on five themes which make up a big part of Stampede history: Community, Rodeo, Chuckwagons, Women at the Stampede, and Indian Village. Many of these artifacts are related to big names in Stampede history- including Flores LaDue and Clem Gardner.

You definitely can’t do it alone!
These exhibit cases were made for this exhibition and include a special UV film to protect artifacts, like Flores La Due’s saddle.

During the 10-day festival, you can also learn more about our collections and history, including The Young Canadians 50th Anniversary, by visiting Quirk Cabin in Weadickville, the historical committee display in Western Oasis and displays in the Grandstand building.


Each object was cleaned for the exhibition and everyone made sure to wear archival gloves!

Thanks to Don Taylor and the generosity of many other donors, the exciting development of SAM Centre is underway. SAM will be the hub of western storytelling, bringing to life the extraordinary stories of everyday heroes, champions, neighbours and families.

If you think you have an object that might find a great home in the Stampede Archives and collection, please let us know by sending an email to archives@calgarystampede.com with a brief description and a photo or two.

Thanks to our Stampede family and valued community members, we are happy to say that we are fortunate to have a very comprehensive collection of Stampede pins, souvenir dollars and most of the posters (with a few notable exceptions!). You can learn more about our collections on our heritage website.