Museum Moment: National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

  June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. In light of the recent findings in May 2021 of 215 unmarked burial sites on the former Residential School property in Kamloops, we are sharing some photos in the video above from the Archives at the Musée Héritage Museum.       St. Albert had two Indian […]

Heritage Sites Moment: Opening dates 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park and Historic River Lot 23 & 24 as of June 16th, 2021. Following safety protocols, we’ve been hard at work to get the site ready over the past year. The biggest changes will be found on River Lots 23 & […]

Archives Moment: #EmpoweringArchives – Archives Week 2021

This year’s Archives Week theme of #EmpoweringArchives refers to one of the key functions of archives. In order to understand the main themes addressed in the video above, it is important to look at the work that takes places in the archives and what archives do. Archives are institutions that collect original records and facilitate […]

Heritage Sites Moment: Giving Back with our Community Garden

  2021 is the first year for the community garden on the historic River Lots 23 & 24. The community responded with enthusiasm and 30+ garden plots are being planted with over 40 gardeners hard at work preparing the soil and planting their gardens. As in years past, garden plots will produce a harvest for […]

Children’s Festival 2021: Spring along the Sturgeon River

For many years we have gathered along the banks of the Sturgeon River in St. Albert for the International Children’s Festival and I was thinking about all of the things we have learned together over the years. I took a walk along the river and looked for signs of spring. I thought about all of […]

Children’s Festival 2021: Butterflies

  Did you know that hummingbirds, moths, even beetles and bats are also pollinators? The butterfly is a popular and hardworking pollinator. Below are ways we can create a more inviting neighborhood for butterflies. There are more than 170 kinds of butterflies found in Alberta and over 300 in Canada. You may only see butterflies […]

Children’s Festival 2021: Best Bee Friends

There are over 300 different types of bees in Alberta. Some of them are social bees and live in hives and some are solitary bees. Social bees, like honeybees and bumblebees live in hives. There are three different types of bees in a hive: worker bee, drone bee, and the queen bee. Each type of […]

Heritage Sites Moment: Restoration Completed on Maison Chevigny

In 2020 restoration was completed on Maison Chevigny located on historic River Lot 23. The restoration process took place over the course of several years, starting with the donation and physical relocation of Maison Chevigny in 2008.  In 2012 the house was stabilized, and repairs were made to the logs on the exterior walls, and […]

Heritage Sites Moment: Preparing Cunningham House and the Garden

I’m Celina Loyer, Aboriginal Programmer at the Musée Héritage Museum. My Dad, Gilbert Anderson, was the son of Celina Callihoo and Joe Anderson. Joe was descended from the Ft. Edmonton Métis, who had a very close association with the St. Albert Métis. I am married to Darrell Loyer, whose Métis roots are recorded in this […]

Museum Moment: Virtual Indigenous Programs

When Grade One teacher Nicole Roe from Bon Accord Community School approached the Musée Héritage Museum to do a program about moccasins, we were only too glad to work with her! One of our new Virtual Aboriginal Programs is Moccasins. Grade One students in Bon Accord were given a 15 minute “show and tell” with […]