Join us at the Stanley House (Laurier Lounge, 1111 7th Street SW) at 9:45 AM (media availability at 10 am) on the morning of February 15 (flag day) to hand out Canadian flags and see the plaque that will be put on the house, which was the childhood home of George Stanley, the man who designed the maple leaf flag. George's widow Ruth Stanley will be in attendance. More information below the photo
The Calgary Heritage Initiative Society, Historical Society of Alberta, and the Canadian Club of Calgary will be hosting a media event to unveil a plaque at the former house of the designer of the Canadian Flag:
10:00 AM February 15th, at 1111 7th St. S.W. (The boyhood home of George F. Stanley, the designer of the Canadian Flag. The building is now the Laurier Lounge, a Quebecois-themed restaurant)
February 15th 1965 was the day the maple leaf and two red bars were officially raised on Parliament Hill as Canadian flags.
George F. Stanley, the designer of the current style of flag, was born in Calgary and lived at 1111 7th St SW for many years while he went to local schools, including Connaught and Central. He was later a Rhode Scholar for Alberta, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Companion of the Order of Canada, and a widely recognized historian of Western Canadian history. On his death in 2002 his collection of writings and his library were donated to the University of Calgary, confirming a lifelong commitment and interest in the West.
Most Calgarians are not aware of this link between our city and our flag.
Attending the event, and available for interview, will be Ruth Stanley, the widow of Dr. George Stanley. She is visiting from her home in Sackville, NB.
At the event, a plaque donated by the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society, The Canadian Club, and the Historical Society of Alberta will be unveiled.
History of the house and the Stanleys here:
http://www.calgaryheritage.org/CHIForum/vi ... ?p=736#736
Article in the Feb 14 2008 "Beltline Buzz" - link to pdf below