January 22–March 24, 2019 at Musée Héritage Museum
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the worldwide Spanish Influenza pandemic in 1918–19, we look back on the impact of this and other global illnesses that changed the course of history.
St. Albert was faced with two earlier epidemics in the late 19th century. When smallpox came to the community in 1870, it killed 300 people, one-third of the population. Fifteen years later, diphtheria struck. At the Mission, the Oblates and Grey Nuns worked tirelessly, providing medicine and comfort during these tragedies.
Pandemic! also looks at more recent diseases—such as Polio, HIV, Swine Flu and Ebola. It examines what we have learned from past events and what science is doing to stay one step ahead of a future pandemic.
October 30–January 13, 2019 at Musée Héritage Museum
November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Created by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2014, this exhibition “…commemorate[s] the centennial anniversary of the First World War…dedicated to how the war affected Albertans on all fronts. Historical memorabilia such as photographs, letters and newspapers transport the visitor to the Great War era.”
The exhibition story includes: The Western Front, Women in the War, The Home Front, Opposition and Oppression, and The Aftermath. With artifacts included to bring the text to life, each of the subjects will inform us about how this earth-shattering global event affected St. Albert, the province and the country.
August 21–October 21, 2018 at Musée Héritage Museum
The Musée Héritage Museum is delighted, once again, to be working with guest curators Bill and Michelle Tracy. Representing a century of creative tradition, In Their Footsteps brings together over 100 pairs of moccasins, leggings, slippers and mukluks in a captivating exhibition of Aboriginal footwear.
Featuring the stories of several of the makers, the exhibition highlights the diversity, innovation and artistic expression found in the strong traditions of the Dené, Cree, Métis, and Plains peoples of Western Canada. Selected from the extensive Tracy collection, the Robertson Trading Company collection, the Musée Héritage Museum and others, In Their Footsteps is a unique opportunity to see a truly beautiful array of footwear styles and decoration.
June 12–August 12, 2018 at Musée Héritage Museum
The Musée Héritage Museum presents the 8th annual Take Your Best Shot youth digital photo contest, a student-based exhibition that has seen nearly 300 students display their photographs in a professional exhibition. The theme this year is “My St. Albert”; winners in the different categories will receive generous gift certificates sponsored by McBain Camera.
Our aspiring photographers will be exhibiting alongside a feature wall of work by one of St. Albert’s renowned professional photographers, Victor Post.
April 3–June 3, 2018 at Musée Héritage Museum
This exhibition about the Witness Blanket is a story that comes from the heart, mind and hands of master carver Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme).
“Strewn in the wake of the Indian Residential Schools are an immeasurable number of broken or damaged pieces. These fragmented cultures, crumbling buildings, segments of language, and grains of diminished pride are often connected only by the common experience that created them.”
FORGET-ME-NOT, MÉTIS ROSE:
Through the eyes of their Métis ancestor, Suzette (Chalifoux) Swift, two artists interpret the endemic flora and fauna of the family homestead in the Rocky Mountains.
“When her art found her relatives, the land called them home.”
Lisa Shepherd and Kristi Bridgeman, Métis artists, met serendipitously through an artist group, where they exchanged stories of family and ancestry. As they pieced together their stories, they began to realize their connection through their common ancestor.
January 16–March 25 at Musée Héritage Museum
Come and experience the Fun in Fungi! A Taste of Science is an bilingual interactive exhibition that engages all your senses. You’ll find lots on the menu to feed your mind and imagination!
As you wander through giant food containers, you can try out activities and games for the whole family. Learn about fungi, germs, microbes, fermentation and discover what processes make food spoil. And if you’re really brave, smell the different types of food that have spoiled!
We gratefully acknowledge that funding for A Taste of Science was provided by Canadian Heritage (Patrimoine canadien) through the Museums Assistance Program.
September 19–January 7, 2018
The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to be the host of an exhibition curated by members of the Michel Band Council. The history of this First Nation is deeply connected to the region. With family objects loaned to us by band members and pieces from the museum collection, they will tell their story of strength, family, injustice, challenge and perseverance.
Michel Callihoo, the namesake of the Band, was the son of Louis Kwarakwante, a Mohawk man from Kahnawake, near Montreal. For many years the family was settled in the Jasper area but as Louis’s children grew they moved throughout Western Canada. Michel worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company for 26 years, living in Lesser Slave Lake and Fort Edmonton before joining the little mission community at Lac Ste. Anne.
In 1878, Chief Michel and two headmen signed an adhesion to Treaty 6. In 1880, the Michel Callihoo Reserve was created approximately 29 km northwest of Edmonton. After many years of great pressure and lack of support from government agents, the reserve was broken up, through surrenders and enfranchisement. The Band still seeks to regain formal recognition of their status.
The Michel Band and Musée Héritage Museum gratefully acknowledge that funding for the Michel Band exhibition was provided by Canadian Heritage (Patrimoine canadien) through the Museums Assistance Aboriginal Heritage Program.
Listen to an interview with Celina Loyer, guest curator and councillor for the Michel Band, on CFWE here.
Listen to CBC radio the Doc Project “Why my grandfather dissolved the Michel First Nation and renounced his Indian status” to find out more about this story here.
Contest Theme: My Canada
June 20 – September 10
What does your Canada look like? Keeping with the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the subject for our 2017 photo contest is “My Canada.” We expect to get some great images of what Canada means to our young citizens.
Each year we ask participants to tell us why they chose their subjects. It is amazing to see read about the different perspectives of our young photographers.
It will be a special exhibit his year as we add images from the St. Albert Photo Club, celebrating their 25th anniversary. The adult photographers will also be presenting the theme “My Canada.” We look forward to examining the work of multiple generations and viewing different approaches to the subject.
An Exhibition from the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc
April 1 – June 11
As we continue to remember the events of World War I, the Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to host The Life and Legacy of Sir Arthur Currie: An Exhibition from the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc.
Discover the story of Sir Arthur Currie—from his upbringing in Ontario to his rise through the ranks to become the first Canadian Commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
We will also feature some of the contributions of local entrepreneur and military strategist, Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel, who served under Currie’s command.
We gratefully acknowledge that funding for the Life and Legacy of General Sir Arthur Currie exhibition was provided by Canadian Heritage (Patrimoine canadien) through the Museums Assistance Program.
A Travelling Exhibition from the Canadian Museum of History
January 24 – March 26
“On July 1, 1867, Confederation was proclaimed, marking the birth of today’s Canada and the culmination of a journey that had taken nearly 30 years. This exhibition explores the route to nationhood taken by a society in transition, and by the people who fought, negotiated and made compromises to forge a more peaceable union.
By tracing the pivotal moments leading to the draft of the British North America Act, this exhibition helps visitors to better understand how this legacy continues to affect our identity, our values and our institutions.” – Canadian Museum of History
Along with the travelling exhibition, the Musée Héritage Museum will be uncovering some intriguing facts and information about what the world was like in 1867—locally and internationally.
Theme: Old Stone, New Steel (photos of our built environment)
November 18 – January 15, 2017
Discover the incredible talent of St. Albert youth at our annual Take Your Best Shot Youth Photo Exhibition—one of our most popular events! This year’s exhibition, themed “Old Stone, New Steel,” will feature fabulous photos of our built environment snapped by photographers in Grades 3 – 12. Chosen by a jury, the top three photographers from each age group will receive prizes from McBain Camera. Photos from all three age groups will be on display at the Museum from November 18, 2016 to January 15.
September 20–November 13, 2016
In 2015, the Musée Héritage Museum received a large donation of business and family items that had belonged to Leland Stanford (Lee) Williams, partner in one of Canada’s largest cattle-commission firms. Weiller and Williams Co. Ltd. was founded in 1925, with Lee heading up operations in Edmonton.
This exhibition tells an important Alberta story with images and artifacts from Lee’s years with the company and also from his extensive involvement with horse racing in the province.
June 28 – September 11
This exhibition will look at how some of our local businesses have advertised for more than a century. Come and peruse our collection of signs, newspaper ads, posters, calendars, knick-knacks, clothing, and packaging. Great slogans, images and event celebrity endorsements have been used to separate you from your hard earned paycheck.
This exhibition will include promotional material from dozens of St. Albert businesses, like Gusto Burger, the Bruin Inn, and Perron’s store.
April 26 – June 19
This fun and colourful exhibition will take a look back at the many public celebrations that have taken place in our community. We’ve had gatherings for important anniversaries, the building of local landmarks, individual accomplishments and sometimes, just to have fun.
It’s hard to believe that St. Albert has been celebrating for over 150 years. This exhibition will include pictures and stories about some of our early events, like St. Jean Baptiste Day and the visit of Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier.
Join us as we reflect on our past events and look forward to more fun and fabulous celebrations!
February 2 – April 17
This collection of stunning photographs told stories of environmental issues, threatened wilderness regions, devastation, and impacts on indigenous people.
Garth Lenz is an award winning photographer and one of only 60 photographers to be named a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work has appeared in many of the world’s leading publications, including Time Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, International Wildlife, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Canadian Geographic, and GEO.
November 20, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Take Your Best Shot has become one of the Museum’s most popular events and each year it sees more amazing talent. The fifth annual Take Your Best Shot, explored the theme “Nature” with a record number of entries.
Photos chosen by a jury from three age groups, Grade 3 – 6, Grades 7 – 9, Grades 10 – 12, were exhibited at the Museum. McBain Camera generously contributed to gift certificates given for the top three photos in each group. Prizes were awarded to the top three photos (as decided by the jury) in each age group: 1st prize: $200 gift card to McBain Camera, 2nd prize: $150 gift card to McBain Camera, and 3rd prize: $100 gift card to McBain Camera.
September 8 – November 15
The names on street signs don’t usually get much attention, but do you ever wonder who were the people that still “hang around” your neighbourhood? This exhibition revealed the identities and stories of many of the individuals and families whose lives merited public acknowledgement by having a street named in their honour.
A bilingual exhibition from The Currency Museum
June 30 – August 30
Our feature exhibition for the summer of 2015 was from the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. Starting with the earliest paper money printed in China, In the Money explored the science of note-based currency, ranging from mulberry paper to cotton and linen rag and, ultimately, the polymer material used for Canada’s new series of bank notes. Funding for the In The Money exhibition was provided by Canadian Heritage (Patrimoine canadien) through the Museums Assistance Program.
April 21 – June 21
This bilingual exhibition, based on the holdings of the Provincial Archives of Alberta, told the story of the French in Alberta. The Museum included artifacts from our own collection to reflect the Francophone history of the St Albert area, highlighting objects from local families to help illustrate the great experience of Francophone immigrants across the province.
January 27 – April 12
Birch bark artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum, the collection of Bill and Michelle Tracy, and other private collections highlighted the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the First Peoples of North America in this exhibition.
November 25 – January 18, 2015
Winning entries from the fourth annual Take Your Best Shot youth photo contest were displayed at the museum in this exhibition that informed visitors about how students see and enjoy our city. In 2014, students in grades 3 – 12 took photographs of “shapes” in St. Albert.
September 9 – November 16
This exhibition told the story of a remarkable man. After serving on one of the last sailing ships, the young Brutinel joined the French Military. In 1904 he moved his family to Alberta. His contributions to the fledgling province include serving as editor for Le Courrier de l’Ouest, Alberta’s first French language newspaper, surveying routes and resources for the Grand Trunk Railway, playing a central role in the development of the Coal Branch and building the Interurban Railway between Edmonton and St Albert. When the First World War began he served in the Canadian Forces, creating the Motor Machine Gun Brigade which he tirelessly championed as a new tactical force in modern warfare. His brigade played a vital role in many crucial battles. During the Second World War he continued the fight, working with the French resistance, to yet again free his homeland.
June 17 – November 16
In spite of being half a world away, the battlefields of the First World War had a great effect on St. Albert. Being such a young country, many of our citizens still had strong ties to their homelands and a passionate desire to defend them. European-born French, Belgian and Swiss immigrants were called home to serve and dozens of Canadian-born patriots rushed to sign up as well. Like so many other towns in western Canada, the impact on the small community was intense and long lasting.
This exhibition told some of the stories of those who served and those we lost.
June 17 – August 31
What was St. Albert like at the outbreak of the war and how did its citizens react to the conflict? Roughly ten percent of the population of this small, primarily Francophone, town went to serve in Europe. Those at home were let to keep the town running, raise money and supplies for the war effort and harvest crops to send overseas for the troops. They rallied to support not only the war effort but also each other in this time of stress and great loss. Through photos, news clippings and artifacts this exhibition looked at what life was like in St. Albert leading up to and during the Great War.
An exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum
April 1 – June 8
Visitors learnt about different aspects and levels of biodiversity from the broad perspective of habitats to the relationships of species and their genetic makeup in this interactive exhibition from the Royal Ontario Museum.
An exhibit of quilts at the Musée Héritage Museum
January 21 – March 23
Quilts from both the Royal Alberta Museum and our own collection highlighted the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the creators in making attractive items to decorate their homes and keep their families warm.
November 26 – January 12, 2014
Explore St. Albert through the lens of our youth! The Musée Héritage Museum displayed the words and images of youth from grades 3 – 12. Along with their photos, we invited younger members of the community to tell us why they chose their subject of ‘Play’ in St. Albert.
September 3 – November 3
The Musée Héritage Museum was proud to bring an exhibition to St Albert that tells the story of one of the oldest and most popular recreational and sporting activities in the country. Lace Up: Canada’s Passion for Skating is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.
Lace Up explores the history and importance of skating in Canada and gives a glimpse of three major ice sports: figure skating, speed skating and hockey. Skating is more than a great Canadian tradition. It is an important part of our national identity. The exhibition puts our love of ice sports into a historical and social context.
The exhibit also had photos and memorabilia from local sports icons Joe Benoit, Eddie Joyal, Mark Messier, Jerome Iginla, Meagan Mikkelson, Troy Murray and Olympic speed skater Tamara Oudenaarden, who all skated in St Albert before moving on to the national scene.
June 25 – August 25
The invited artists participating in this exhibition all shared a deep connection to the traditional craftwork of their cultures, which include Cree, Blackfoot, Sioux, Dene and Métis. Working in hide, beads, feathers, fish scales, textiles and other media, the artists took those traditions and layered them with their own visions and contemporary viewpoints. The exhibition contained fabric and hide clothing items from dance regalia pieces to women’s coats, a baby’s Pow Wow outfit, and a modern interpretation of a warrior shirt. Jewelry and other personal and decorative items showed the artist’s skill in beading, quillwork, and caribou hair tufting and a selection of fans showed how new techniques can transform traditional objects. Contemporary twists on traditional craft could be seen in all the pieces through choices in colour, materials and patterns. Each of the artists brought their own interpretations to their work which is exceptional in both its skill and beauty.
April 9 – June 16
The Musée Héritage Museum presented Arctic Life: Lomen Brothers Photography, an exhibition from the Glenbow Museum from April 9 – June 16. Drawn to the north by tales of the gold rush and the untouched riches of Alaska, the Lomen family moved from Minnesota to Nome in 1903. Always looking for an opportunity, they purchased a photographic studio in 1908 and a drugstore in 1909. In 1913 they started a successful reindeer business, shipping meat to the lower states.
Brothers Carl, Harry, Alfred, and Ralph were partners in the photography business. Harry managed the studio but all of them took photographs, quickly learning how to keep cameras in working order at Arctic temperatures.
Tragically in 1934 their studio burned to the ground. Over 30,000 negatives and 50,000 prints were destroyed. The stunning photographs in this exhibition are some of their surviving images of the local Yupik people and life in Nome at the start of the 20th century.
January 29 – March 31
Catching the Light: The Life and Photography of Victor Post was an exhibition made up of some of the most significant and award-winning images of St. Albert photographer, Victor Post.
Victor Post’s photographs captured many of Alberta’s pivotal events and famous faces of the 1970’s and 80’s, such as the Commonwealth Games, the Olympics and visits of the British Royals and Pope John Paul II. Photography was only one of his many passions, which also included science, music, aviation and amateur radio.
In 2001, Victor Post passed away leaving thousands of prints and negatives which were recently donated to the Musée Héritage Museum. A glimpse of his many talents and interests can be found in our selection of photographs and personal archives.
October 30 – January 13, 2013
This exhibition showcased over 30 pieces of wind-powered folk art from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The weathervanes and whirligigs date from the 1870s to the 1970s, from across Canada.
Weathervanes have been part of the European and North American landscape for centuries, perched atop every community’s tallest buildings – on barn roofs, church, steeples, castle towers. Many are now considered icons of folk art. Whirligigs, on the other hand, are created to amuse and entertain. These wind-driven lawn ornaments are generally small figural creations, which, when placed outdoors, engage in frantic movements as they ceaselessly accomplish nothing.
The scarred old weathervanes are charming– classic horses, fish, pigs and arrows rendered in wood, sheet steel, and wrought iron by skilled, often amateur, hands. The whirligigs, new and old, are masterworks of fun– sawyers that saw away, fiddlers that fiddle away, farmers that milk cows, and voyageurs that paddle all the faster when the wind blows.
November 27 – December 24
The Musée Héritage Museum held its second annual youth photo contest! The theme was Nature Nearby and youth were asked to take a picture of something from nature (in or nearby St. Albert). Winning photographs were displayed at the Musée Héritage Museum from November 27 – December 24, 2012.
September 4 – October 21
Within the collections of the Musée Héritage Museum and its archives are many fascinating albums of photos and keepsakes, which give us a glimpse into the history of St. Albert families, organizations and individuals. The creators compiled books of treasures and trinkets in an effort to preserve those things that they saw as important in their lives, and we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy them.
The exhibition Cut and Paste featured family albums, personal collections and scrapbooks from clubs and community groups covering over 100 years of history!
May 29 – August 19
In spite of extreme challenges, early photographers were able to create both beautiful and informative images. Government, military, scientific and commercial photographers recorded historical details, promoted businesses and reported events, creating an often romanticized vision of the disappearing Western frontier. This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Glenbow Museum.
A selection of Blood, Blackfoot, Northwest Mounted Police and ranching artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum and Musée Héritage Museum will be featured along with the photographs.
February 14 – May 19
At the start of the 20th century, many Eastern Europeans began to settle in this area, adding to the diverse mix of cultures and traditions that make up St. Albert. This exhibit is based on the work of Michal Mlynarz, who researched the lives and contributions of the Polish, Ukrainian and Russian families that continue to choose this community as their new home.
The Musée Héritage Museum is bringing in photos, clothing, furniture, handicrafts and personal items from several local families, as well as items from the Polish Solidarity movement of the 1980s. We will also be featuring some belongings of Brother Anthony Kowalczyk, OMI from the Oblate Collection at the Grandin Archives. The Vatican is considering Brother Anthony, OMI for Sainthood.
November 25, 2011 – February 5, 2012
As a wind up to our 150th celebrations, we invited younger members of the community to tell us what they like best about St Albert in 2011. Take Your Best Shot featuredthe words and photographs of youth from 8-18 years old.
Gift cards to McBain Camera were awarded to the top 3 photos in each age group: 8 – 12 years, 13 – 15 years and 16 – 18 years.
This exhibit looked at the two founders of the St. Albert Mission. By 1861, Lacombe and Taché had know each other for many years. They were friends who worked closely to establish the Catholic Church in the west. Although Lacombe is better know in Alberta, without Taché’s support his work would not have been successful.
St. Albert is home to many talented photographers. They take advantage of the amazing natural areas at our doorstep to create wonderful images. This exhibit showcased the work of three photographers from St Albert: Dave Conlin, Al Popil and Peter Stahl. Visitors were surprised and inspired by the variety of wildlife in our area captured in their local lenses.
The design and creation of beadwork by Métis women were highlighted in this exhibit. Artifacts from the Musée Héritage Museum were shown along with pieces from other collections, illustrating the lives of the makers and the variety of designs used to decorate clothing and personal items.
Featured carvings by Ludo Bogaert
This exhibition featured architecture of St. Albert.
An exhibit about growing community.
“How we treat the earth is a reflection of our National Character” Lois Hole