We are installing a new exhibition this week, Pandemic!: A Cautionary Tale, set to open on January 22, 2019 at the Musée Héritage Museum. This fascinating new exhibition will explore the outbreak of global diseases and their lasting impact on our history.
You will find information about historic global pandemics, such as the Spanish Influenza pandemic in 1918–19, as well as relatively recent diseases such as Polio, Swine Flu, HIV, and Ebola.
The exhibition highlights pandemics that have impacted St. Albert greatly, like the smallpox epidemic in 1870 that affected two-thirds of the community’s population and killed one-third. There was also an outbreak of diphtheria in the 1880s. Father Lacombe’s sister, Christine Harnois, was one of those that was deeply affected by this outbreak.
Christine Harnois and her husband, Leon Harnois, faced tragedy when they lost five of their children due to diphtheria, and buried them all in the same week.
You will discover local stories as well as more about the global initiatives designed to combat disease and prepare for future pandemics.
Also, the 2019 Musée Héritage Museum and Art Gallery of St. Albert exhibition catalogues are now available, so be sure to pick one up the next time you are at the museum!