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Torch run

Torch Run in Calgary with the Bow Building in the Background, Jan. 19, 2010

Judith Umbach

With the Winter Olympics set to start in Vancouver in a few days, many Calgarians are casting their minds back to our own very successful Winter Games in 1988. I was working here, at the Central Library, and so had a front row seat for many of the events that went on in the Plaza. I also remember the influx of people from all over the world. It was a very exciting time in the city and I know that Vancouverites are experiencing the same exhilarating rush that we had twenty two years ago.

When the torch came through here on its way to Vancouver, Judith Umbach, who is one of the contributors to our Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library, was there to capture the event for posterity. The two photographs showing the torch with the Bow Building in the background are hers.

Torch run

Torch relay in Calgary with the Bow Building in the Background, Jan. 19, 2010

Judith Umbach

We have a great deal of material in the Community Heritage and Family History collection about the Olympics in Calgary. We have a copy of a speech given by then mayor Ralph Klein in 1984, one month before Calgary accepted the Olympic flag in Sarajevo. We have numerous reports and briefings and other official documents. But we also have fact books, athlete biography sheets, pin-collectors’ guides (remember pin collecting?), a guide to finding your brick on Olympic Plaza, a list of souvenirs and their suppliers, and lots and lots of other very cool stuff. It occupies at least three shelves in the Local History room. If you are at all nostalgic for the glory days of ’88, come down and check out our ’88 Olympics collection in the Community Heritage and Family History collection on the 4th floor of the Central Library.

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Hidy and Howdy Welcome you to the 1988 Calgary Olympics

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