Thursday, January 22, 2015

A behind the scenes look at the installation of our next exhibition

Everyone is always thrilled to see a new exhibition come in, but not everyone gets to see the work that takes place behind the scenes. This is a peek at our staff and volunteers at work this week, installing our next exhibition, Wus'kwiy/Waskway--From Berry Baskets to Souvenirs.

Most of our exhibitions require input from a many of our staff members, but this exhibition has required all staff to be involved! 

The first step was to take down the previous exhibition, Take Your Best Shot.
Celina, Tori, and JP putting together a display case

                  Getting ready to paint the walls

Once that was done, we started getting to work to paint the walls, get cases together for the berry baskets to be displayed in and choose where to display the information panels.

When the cases are ready, we will arrange the baskets to fit the themes of the exhibit. 

Then it is time to set the lighting levels so that it is at an appropriate level and will not damage the materials in the exhibit. 
JP and Roy working with a plexi panel

Roy is getting fabric ready to be used in the display cases
The museum staff invites you to drop in next week and see what the gallery looks like when the new exhibition opens on January 27, 2015! Opening reception January 29 from 6pm - 8:30pm.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NEW Saturday Family Programs at the Museum

New for 2015!  Introducing Saturday drop-in programs for families! 

On the second Saturday of every month we invite you to come down to the museum between 1PM and 4 PM for specially-themed crafts and activities.

 Hour long guided programs with a museum programmer will be from 1:30-2:30. Drop-in programs are a suggested donation of $2-$3 per participant.

Our first program will be this Saturday,  January 10, 2015 and the theme is “Shape Builders.” 

Did you know that everything is built out of shapes? Look closely and you will see circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles everywhere! 
Join us as we explore shapes, the theme of this year’s Take Your Best Shot youth photo exhibition. 

Come by at 1:30 PM for the hour long guided program, where we will build a group shapes mural using an old-fashioned projector, or drop in between 1 and 4 PM to do some self-directed shape-related crafts and activities, including shape bingo, shape puzzles, and 3D shape-making.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Holiday Program Reflection

We welcome 2015 with a quick look back at our holiday programs, held last week on Monday, December 29, Tuesday, December 30, and Wednesday, December 31. 
We made winter landscapes and tuppies (dog blankets) for our sled dogs, and celebrated the New Year by learning about traditions in other countries, making New Year’s hats, and enjoying some fun and festive refreshments.
 Check out the photos below to see all the fun we had!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Programs at the Museum!

Staying home over the holidays? Come to the museum to help us ring in the new year with our NEW holiday drop-in programs with a suggested donation of $2 per participant. 

Programs will take place at the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert Place Monday Dec. 29, Tuesday Dec. 30 and Wednesday Dec. 31-- check out the details below!

We will be open Monday, December 29 for our “Winter Landscapes” program, discovering how people lived (and travelled) in the early settlement of St. Albert, throughout the long winter months. We will look closely at real historical objects, and make some winter landscape crafts.  
Program times:  10 AM and 1 PM (for one hour).

On Tuesday, December 30 come learn about “New Year’s Around the World,” through stories, a fun game, and a celebratory craft.   
Program times:  10 AM and 1 PM (for one hour).

On Wednesday, December 31 we will have a New Year’s Celebration from 10 AM-12 PM (drop-in), with snacks, drinks, and crafts to get you ready for the New Year’s Eve.

Akins children on sled, 1926. St. Albert Historical Society fonds, Musée Héritage Museum

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Take Your Best Shot People’s Choice Winners Announced!

The votes are in! 
The winners of our first ever People’s Choice with our annual Take Your Best Shot youth photo contest are in. 
One person from each category of Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12 were chosen by you, the people! 
Congratulations to Jemimah, Candace, and Holly, whose photos are reproduced below. Make sure to come in and see the exhibition before January 18, 2015.

Jemimah, Grade 3

Candace, Grade 7

Holly, Grade 10