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 […]

Archives Moment: Reference Library and the different types of sources

The reference library at the Musée Héritage Museum has developed over the years since our museum’s inception. Our reference library has grown in a variety of ways, including donations and the purchasing of obscure items from antique and book stores. In addition we often have researchers visit our archives to gather primary sources for a […]

Heritage Sites Moment: Community Garden Opening

  The Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert is pleased to announce that the St. Albert Heritage Sites Community Garden, maintained by the Musée Héritage Museum, is now accepting applications for gardening with us this summer! We look forward to growing a welcoming community of enthusiastic gardeners on the historic river lots site. The […]

Museum Moment: Body Language Speaker Series #3: Dawn Marie Marchand and Keith Callihoo

When the Musée Héritage Museum planned the exhibition schedule for 2021, we were excited to have the opportunity to share the exhibition Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest with many visitors.  Unfortunately  our galleries are still closed due to Covid restrictions. In order to share the message behind the exhibition, we created a […]

Discovery Room: Happy Easter

  A sure sign of spring is time off from school and the busy Easter preparations. The history of Easter is one that many European cultures contributed to over the centuries.  How do you celebrate Easter?   Whether you fast for lent or decorate colourful eggs, it is time to shake off the long cold […]