My name is Kate Renfree and I am a field placement student from MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program. I had the wonderful opportunity to spend my summer learning at St. Albert’s Musée Héritage Museum. While here, I had the chance to learn from the Programming Manager, Sharon Morin, and the Curator, Joanne White, to build a better understanding of the work that goes on in museums.
The Musée Héritage Museum is a fantastic place for collaboration, where everyone works together to create exhibits, programs, and resources to support St. Albert’s community.
On the programming side, I helped give interpretive tours of the Métis river lots as well as the grain elevators. I loved learning the interesting facts about the Cunningham and Belcourt houses (did you know the that Ivory soap was to move the house onto its new foundation).
Sorting the programming collection gave me a chance to see how packaging and advertising has changed or, in some cases, stayed the same (spice tins from the 1960s look nearly identical to spice tins today).
As seen in the video, my most recent project involves photographing religious vestments.
I am so grateful for this chance to learn and experience St. Albert’s vibrant history.
For more information about the museum or the collections go to museeheritage.ca.