University of Calgary

Lorry William Felske

  • Assistant Professor (ended on Jul 1, 2018)

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


BA, University of Calgary , MA, University of Calgary , PhD,University of Toronto


Dr. Felske has undertaken numerous historic resource impact assessments and historical research projects for government, private companies and local history groups associated with coal mining history. He was the historical consultant for Parks Canada’s recent research on the history of coal mining in Alberta. This work led to the creation of three National Historic Sites in and around Coleman, at the Atlas Coal Mine and Nordegg mine surface buildings.

Dr. Felske’s research also focuses on western urban culture and he is currently researching cultural history of the Calgary Stampede Parade. In 2004 he co-edited, with Dr. Beverly Rasporich, a collection of essays on the Canadian West entitled Challenging Frontiers: the Canadian West.


Dr. Felske held a Mobility in Higher Education Grant funded by Human Resources Skills Development that funded students for a term abroad in the United States and/or Mexico. He was responsible for bringing the annual International Summer Seminar, funded by the International Council for Canadian Studies, to Western Canada. In 2006 the annual meeting of the International Council for Canadian Studies was held at the University of Calgary. Delegates from over 70 countries having Canadian Studies programs at their universities attended the event.


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