Heritage Sites Moment: Historic Belcourt House with its internal upgrade

In this week’s heritage sites moment, we take a look at the internal upgrades to the Belcourt House on River Lot 24 in St. Albert. Once the contractors had completed their part of the conservation of the Belcourt House it was time for us to add the finishing touches and return it to the time […]


Museum moment: Holding Onto Memories

Before the discovery of vaccines and antibiotics, disease took the lives of countless children each year. Father Lacombe’s sister, Christine Harnois, lost five children in a week from Diptheria. The Spanish Flu was even more virulent. The L’Hirondelles were one of St. Albert’s first families. Jacques senior joined the Northwest Company before 1811. His son […]


Museum Moment: Unprecedented?

During the Covid 19 pandemic “unprecedented” has become a favourite word. Disease is constant for humans, we just forget that history repeats itself. How have the many different epidemics and pandemics impacted us here in Canada?  Scarlet Fever and Measles, 1864: Roughly 1200 indigenous people in the Saskatchewan district (including Alberta) were killed by these […]


Heritage Sites Moment: Land Based Learning

River lots are long narrow farming lots that border a river and were a historic way that many Metis people lived. St. Albert River lots were set up by Metis families who were working at the local forts and were freighting goods in Red River Cart brigades from Red River (Winnipeg) to Fort Edmonton and […]


Heritage Sites Moment: River Lot 24

“The River Lot system pre-dates the sale of Rupert’s Land to the Dominion of Canada and the adoption of the standard rectangular township plan of Alberta…River Lot 24 is unique for its continued occupation by subsequent generations of the same Métis Family that settled in St. Albert after the mission was created by Father Lacombe.” […]


Archives Moment: Victor Post’s St. Albert photos

This Archives Moment continues to look at renowned St. Albert photographer Victor Post and his work that focused on St. Albert. Post was known for his photography, but did you know that he had many different interests in his life? As a child he developed an interest in experimenting with electronics and this would lead […]


Archives Moment: Head Turner

In this week’s Archives Moment, you’ll see one of the photographs in our archives that gets a lot of people’s attention, Wayne Gretzky posing with a Pro Stars Cereal box. It is one of the many photographs taken by renowned St. Albert photographer, Victor Post. The Victor Post fonds is the group of photographs that […]


Museum Moment: Pandemic exhibition online

Museums are known for highlighting historical events, and after creating the “Pandemic! A Cautionary Tale” exhibition in 2019, St. Albert’s Museé Héritage Museum staff members developed a deep understanding of pandemics and want to further share their knowledge with the community. The exhibition is now an online version and with submissions from the public, the plan […]


Hogan/Belcourt house conservation – Part 6: Interior

Continuing with our conservation series of blogs on the Hogan/Belcourt house on River Lot 24 in St. Albert. Once the plan for the restoration of the interior of a house is developed the physical work of restoration begins. The Standard and Guidelines for Conservation requires that we conserve as much as possible the original materials […]


Heritage Sites Moment: Restoration

  In this Heritage Site Moment video, you’ll see our Heritage Sites Facilities Manager talk about restoration work that has been going on for a number of years at our river lot sites.  River lot 24, the Metis river lot, includes the Belcourt and Cunningham Houses.  River lot 23, the Francophone river lot,  includes the […]