Red Willow Place photo exhibit!

The Musée Héritage Museum recently installed a photo exhibit at Red Willow Place in downtown St. Albert, based on the theme of childhood and youth play. Working in partnership with the senior’s centre the museum staff chose photos from the museum collection highlighting many activities that youth have participated in throughout the history of our community. Come […]


Canada Day 2017 at the Little White School

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation into a unified nation state so naturally  people were out and about in St. Albert to celebrate this joyous event on Canada Day. And the Little White School was no exception as we had about 250 people visit the school that day! We provided maple leaf-shaped cookies, from Grandin […]


Research from the Archives: Katrina’s Ladies and Children Wear

Recently, renovations on the storefronts on Perron Street have uncovered a sign for a store that was once located along Perron Street: Katrina’s Ladies and Children Wear. Several curious passersby have contacted the Musée Héritage Museum archives wondering if we have more information about Katrina’s. While we don’t have records specifically from this store, we […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part VI by Roy Toomey

In this final entry, I discuss Verdun and the conclusion to our trip. On Day 7, we went back to Vimy Ridge to see the new visitor centre, and the trenches and memorial. None of these things were available on the day of the ceremony, and luckily we were in a position to come back […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part V by Roy Toomey

In this blog post I’ll be talking about the centennial observances held at Vimy Ridge on April 9th. Day 6 was Vimy Ridge Day, the main purpose of the trip. The temperature for the whole trip averaged around 15 degrees, perfect for hiking, but on this day the temperature spiked to 25! Having left St. […]


From the Archives: Congratulations grads!

Cover of AURORA yearbooks, 1957 and 1961. It’s that time in the school year where students are writing diploma exams and celebrating their graduation from high school. We would like to wish all the best to the graduating Grade 12 students, and remind you to hang on to your yearbooks! The Musée Héritage Museum archives […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part IV by Roy Toomey

In this blog post, I discuss days 4 and 5 of our Centennial Great War pilgrimage to Belgium and France. Day 4 brought us to Mons and then Lens, as we traversed the distance that our men would have during the final offensive of the war. St. Symphorien Cemetery was a highlight on this day. It […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part III by Roy Toomey

Our centennial Great War pilgrimage to Belgium and France continued… Day 2 took us to Ghent. Belgium is a wonderful country, and driving in the Belgian and French countryside and small towns is enjoyable, but driving in the larger cities is ridiculous, especially when roads are blocked off by construction. Most towns are so old […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part II by Roy Toomey

I believe it is important to always remember what our military men did, and the sacrifices they made for King and Country. As a historian, I also hope that by remembering our military past, and the terrible price paid in men’s lives, we can avoid such brutal, costly wars in the future. One of the […]


April 2017: A Centennial Great War Pilgrimage, Part I by Roy Toomey

Check out the travels of one of our education programmers, who is a military history enthusiast. He visited some World War sites in Europe. This blog is his personal account of what it meant to him. When I traveled to Belgium and France in 2013, I wrote a series of entries about my trip. (See […]