Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Events at Rutherford House 2015

There are many ways to enjoy Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site! Join us for Special Events, Social Sundays and The Achnacarry Social Club.

Special Events

Visit the museum during a special event when we are recreating a significant occasion in the Rutherford family history. Share their traditions and learn about the family and their experiences with old-fashioned, hands-on activities.

Social Sundays

Looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon? Join us at Rutherford House as we explore and practice some time-honoured activities. Enjoy learning the skills of traditional crafts and games. Explore the secrets of age old, proven methods for canning, making soup and refreshing beverages. There will be a different activity for the whole family to discover and enjoy.

The Achnacarry Social Club (formally The Knitting Circle)

Working on a knitting or crochet project and would like some company? Want to learn a new craft? Join us at Rutherford House once a month for refreshments and encouragement to finish that WIP (work on progress)! Work away in the comfort of Mr. Rutherford’s library or imagine yourself “knitting your bit” in Mrs. Rutherford’s parlour. All lap crafts are welcome (embroidery, rug hooking, quilting, or needle felting). Call Rutherford House for more details!

Knitting for Soldiers

Special Event
Robert Burns Celebrations

Sunday, January 18, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

The poet Robert Burns and his beloved haggis are at the heart of this Scotland-focused event. Celebrate his birthday with an afternoon of bagpipes, traditional dancing, and of course, haggis! Connect with your roots or simply come for a taste of Scotland as Rutherford House honours Alexander Cameron Rutherford’s Scottish heritage.

Knitting for Soldiers

Social Sunday and The Achnacarry Social Club
Knitting for Soldiers

Sunday, January 25, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Always wanted to knit socks? You can do it and we can help! Join the club and learn about Red Cross knitting for soldiers and get started on a pair of simple crew socks. RSVP as space is limited; bring your own yarn and needles. Pattern and supply list will be provided.

Family Day

Special Event
Family Day Open House

Monday, February 16, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Family Day with a visit to the historic home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and his family. The Rutherford family moved into their new home in February, 1911. Explore the features of this historic house, take part in traditional family activities, sample a treat made in the historic kitchen and make an old-fashioned craft.

Family Day

Social Sunday
Fun & Games

Sunday, March 8, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

What do you do when the electricity goes off and the batteries are dead? Play marbles, card games and indoor games! Pack up the kids and bring back some memories.

The Achnacarry Social Club

Sunday, March 15, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.


Easter EggstravaganzaSpecial Event
Easter Eggstravaganza at Rutherford House

Sunday, April 5, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Spring and Easter go hand in hand at Rutherford House. Celebrate the season as your explore this magnificent home and discover historically coloured eggs. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and a spring-themed craft; just make sure to keep a watchful eye for the Easter Bunny!

Easter EggstravaganzaSocial Sunday and the Achnacarry Social Club
Start Small

Sunday, April 19, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Ramsey’s Green House was the place to go for garden plants and flowers in 1915, but often Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford would “start small” and plant their garden plants from seed. Start your garden off by making your own paper pot and plant something special to put in your garden in June!

Easter EggstravaganzaSocial Sunday and the Achnacarry Social Club
Oh My Mama!

Sunday, May 10, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Surprise your mom with a special gift you made yourself. Homemade is best!

Easter EggstravaganzaSocial Sunday and the Achnacarry Social Club
Founder's Day

Sunday, June 14, 2015, noon to 4 pm

From 1912 through to 1938, the Rutherford family hosted a Founder’s Day celebration. Mr. Rutherford and the University of Alberta graduating students would plant a tree on campus and then return to the family home for a luncheon. Join us for refreshments and plant flower seeds in Mrs. Rutherford's historic garden.

Rutherford House Historic Kitchen fun Social Sunday and the Achnacarry Social Club
Cool and Refreshing

Sunday, July 12, 2015 from, noon to 4 p.m.

Vinegar as a refreshing drink?! See how to make fruit vinegars and taste-taste a "shrub" fruit vinegar drink.

Sunny Summer Fair Special Event
Sunny Summer Fair

Sunday, July 26, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us for an old-fashioned country fair with historic crafts, time-honoured games and the fruits of our harvest. Enjoy delightful hand-made crafts and lively music. Test your skills with old fashioned carnival games. Square off for contests and prizes for both children and adults. We have tons of activities for a family friendly summer Sunday so bring the whole family!

Sunny Summer FairSocial Sunday and the Achnacarry Social Club
School Days

Sunday, August 16, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

What did kids take to school in their lunch in 1915? Was it yummy? Take home 1915 school lunch suggestions and children make a special craft to remember this school year.

Sunny Summer FairSocial Sunday and the Achnacarry Social Club
Can I Do It?

Sunday, September 20, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Sure you can! Canning was one of Mrs. Rutherford’s specialties and you can do it too! Learn how to make your own preserves and gifts on the wood-burning stove!

Sunny Summer FairRutherford House Culture Days

September 25 - 27, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

As part of the Alberta Culture Days, this event puts the spotlight on local talent in the arts and culture community. Bring the family to enjoy an afternoon of art, historic crafts, music and fun including live performances and more. Rutherford House is proud to continue a Rutherford family tradition of showcasing great local talent performing within the walls of this magnificent home.

Achnacarry Social ClubThe Achnacarry Social Club

Sunday, October 18, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.


Rutherford House RemembersSpecial Event
Rutherford House Remembers

Sunday, November 8, 2015, noon to 4 pm

What did the women do while the men were away at war? Come and witness what life was like for those in Edmonton during World War I. Discover the contents of the comfort packages sent to the soldiers overseas, gather a few hints on knitting socks, and read letters from the front-line. See what changes the war had on women’s lives, clothing and careers. Demonstrate your patriotism by sampling a war budget meal!

Christmas at Rutherford HouseSocial Sunday
Secret Santa

Sunday, November 22, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

But wait! If you don’t have a fireplace how does Santa get into the house? We can help you with this. Make a special key that only Santa can use.

Achnacarry Social ClubThe Achnacarry Social Club

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Christmas at Rutherford HouseA Christmas Past

Sunday, December 6, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.

Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and taste cookies baked in a wood burning oven. Visit the historic kitchen and sample some hot apple cider. Spice up this holiday season with a visit to Rutherford House!

Achnacarry Social ClubThe Achnacarry Social Club

Sunday, December 20, 2015, noon to 4 p.m.


Achnacarry Social ClubThe Achnacarry Social Club

Sunday, January 10, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.


Contact Information

Please call (780) 427-3995 or for toll-free calling within Alberta dial 310-0000 first.

For deaf or hearing impaired calling please dial (780) 427-9999 in Edmonton, or 1-800-232-7215 from other locations.

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Last reviewed/revised: October 13, 2015