Museum Moment: Hole Family Display

St. Albert has been served by many citizens who have contributed to our quality of life and the building of our community. People like Sam Cunningham who served on the Northwest Council and led the St. Albert Rifles, or the Perron family whose businesses, political participation and sports involvement helped to shape the fledgling town.

One such family is the Holes. Lois Hole and her husband Ted started out as farmers but their dedication to the community and desire to raise a responsible and socially aware family has left a much greater mark. Lois’s commitment to literacy, education, health and the environment changed the Province –  and just imagine how many plants and trees in the city went through their hands!

Just before the pandemic hit, the Musée Héritage Museum received a collection of photos and clothing from Bill Hole. Many of the items came from the Enjoy Centre when it was sold. They also donated Ted’s beloved 1948 John Deere tractor. Ted did some careful research before buying the tractor which served the farm for decades. Lois recalled following Ted home with it along the highway, just to make sure that he got it home safely. The tractor is still in great condition, and we soon hope to have on display at the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park.

A photo collage of Ted’s John Deere tractor 

In tribute to this very special family, we have created a new section in our St. Albert History Gallery to highlight just a few of the donations. As the matriarch of the family, Lois was always giving. She volunteered on boards and committees, raised awareness of important issues and ultimately wound up being asked to serve as the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. All of this she did with her characteristic positivity, wisdom, and of course hugs.

(Right image) Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens on Bellerose Drive, 2006.

Come on down to the Musée Héritage Museum to get a glimpse at the Hole family and their tremendous contribution to our area.  For more information find us online at museeheritage.ca or call 780 459-1528.