Clarence’s Engine

by Trudy Cowan

When Senator Lougheed moves his family to their new sandstone house in 1891, six- year-old Clarence loses his favourite toy train. Through the engaging story of his search, and vivid full colour illustrations, the reader explores the beautiful, historic Lougheed House, and also learns a great deal about life in the frontier town of Calgary.

Visit the Lougheed House website to read more about this famous building, to find out about school tours and to participate in ongoing events.

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$14.95 CAD

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Weight .176 kg
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .125 in
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Soft Cover

Year Published



Trudy Cowan

Trudy Cowan has worked and volunteered in the heritage and museum field for many years.  Her service on heritage organization boards includes roles as Alberta governor and chair, Heritage Canada Foundation/Canada’s National Trust; Alberta member and vice chair, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada; and board member with numerous local, provincial and national groups. Awarded an honorary doctorate for her heritage contributions by the University of Calgary in 2003, she is a published author of articles, children’s stories including Clarence’s Engine and Quarantine: Keep Out! and has brought her one-woman theatrical “In-Person-Ations” of historical Canadian women to stages across the country. When she retired from full-time work in the heritage world, she began quilting, bringing her life-long creativity in the needle arts, painting and drawing and her love of textiles and colour together with her long experience as a storyteller.




“This book is most suitable for children in Grade 3 or 4 who can compare their present experience with the author’s carefully researched description of a move at the end of the 19th century. Teachers with students of that age will enjoy using it in their classrooms. Parent and grandparents might read it with grandchildren to begin a conversation about ways Alberta and the world has changed in the last century.”
~Dianne Linden, Legacy