Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Take Your Best Shot" Photo Submissions Due Soon!

Our annual Take Your Best Shot Youth Digital Photo Contest is up and running! This year the theme is “Shape Search.” 

We are looking for creative interpretations of this very open-ended theme. Where do you see shapes in your life? How does nature create shapes? How can you create shapes, and document them?  

            We will be creating three groups for entries, with a chance to win first, second, and third place in each group. The groups are: grades 3-6, grades 7-9, and grades 10-12.  Entries will be judged on: choice of subject, creativity, quality of photo, and written description. Winning entries will be displayed at the Musée Héritage Museum from November 21-January 18, 2014 with a special reception and prize presentation held December 4.

NEW THIS YEAR: We will have a special display for up-and-coming photographers grade 2 and under in the Discovery Room!

Submission by Serena for Take Your Best Shot 2013
The upcoming deadline for submissions is October 14, 2014. Please email your submission to, or drop it off on a CD at the museum. Winners will be notified by November 7, 2014. Entries for the special display can be sent to

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Archives Week 2014

Each year during the first week of October the Archives Society of Alberta (ASA) celebrates Archives Week. This week is intended to promote archives across Alberta and the Musée Héritage Museum Archives is proud to participate in this event.

To celebrate the Musée Héritage Museum Archives will have a special display in the foyer of the museum, highlighting some of the donations received by the archives over the past year, including items from a recent donation related to Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel. The Brutinel archival materials complement the current exhibit on display at the museum about the fascinating life of Brutinel.

Our Archivist at the museum will be conducting special tours of the archival storage space on a drop in basis, from Oct 7-10, 10 am to 5 pm. The tours will give our museum visitors a look behind the scenes to see how, and where, archival items are stored.

The ASA theme for Archives Week this year is "Creepy Alberta!" The ASA has created a web exhibit and calendar with images from across the province that "capture the strange, weird and eerie from Alberta's archival holdings".

The calendar will be available for sale at the Musée Héritage Museum alongside a newly published book about Brutinel.

In addition the Musée Héritage Museum Archives will have some "creepy" photos posted in our Discovery Room where we invite kids and families to come in and draw a creepy image of their own. After all, creepy is in the eye of the beholder!

Please drop by and join us this week as we celebrate Archives Week and learn more about the archives that care for the documentary heritage of St. Albert and the region.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celebration of Lorne Akins Junior High School in St. Albert, Alberta

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Musée Héritage Museum was invited to a special open house at the St. Albert Public Schools District Office in order to view a display commemorating the history of Lorne Akins Junior High School.

Vino (museum archivist) and Roy (education programmer) were among the many members of our community who attended the event which included current and former staff, parents, students, and alumni.
Roy taking a look at one of the display tables
The museum was also proud to contribute some of our photographs of Lorne Akins for the displays.
Information and photos about one of St. Albert's prominent citizens, Lorne Akins

Former principals, and vice principals, spoke about the history of the school and shared fond memories of students and staff. You could tell that their time spent at this junior high school still remains a big part of their lives. We heard it said many times, "Once a Gator, always a Gator!"

Congratulations to the committees that put this display together and thank you for inviting the museum staff to the presentation. Job well done Lorne Akins Junior High!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It’s Time to Go Back – Way, Way Back – To School!

And just like that, summer is over, and it is time to go back to school. Here at the museum we are also going back to school – way, way back to school in the 1940s! Come visit our new “Old School” Discovery Room, and see how school life was for kids over 60 years ago.

You’ll be able to sit in an old desk facing the “blackboard,” with today’s lessons already written out. You can use a slate to practice arithmetic, reading, and writing – the three R’s. Don’t forget to salute the King and Queen!

Other activities include counting on the abacus, doing a schoolhouse puzzle, making paper dolls, and colouring sheets. We also have old school workbooks for you to take home!

You can also check out our display of old schoolbooks and other things that would be found in a 1940s school, including pen-and-ink. Hanging on the wall are examples of what boys and girls would wear to school each day.

Lastly, take a peek at our new World War I kit, released this year along with our 3 feature exhibits to commemorate the start of the First World War. Try your hand at one of our original educational activities and look at some of the posters and images included in the kit. This kit is available for rent for teachers and other groups. Please visit for more information.

Riiiiiiiinnnnnnggg. That’s the bell! Hurry down to the Musee Heritage Museum before it is too late!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Harvest Festival 2014 -- A great day!

We had a blast hosting Harvest Festival in St. Albert once again, on one of the nicest days we had seen in a week!

Hundreds of people came by to enjoy the sunshine and have some fun, which included a scavenger hunt, kid’s crafts, live music, a beer-sampling garden, mini donuts, a petting zoo, and the requisite grain elevator tours and demonstrations. 

The winners have since been announced for our candy guessing game, so make sure to check your messages when you’re home – and take a look at some of the photos Vino took of the day, below.

Paul Woida wooing the crowd with popular hits

Roy giving a tour of the 1906 grain elevator, demonstrating how the old gas engine powered the elevator

Members of the Edmonton Rug Hooking Guild showing the old-fashioned skill of rug hooking
Visitors at the petting zoo, which included a pony, mini Zebu cow, sheep, pot-bellied pig, ducks, chickens, and guinea pigs
Photo opportunities, in costume, in the 1921 Ford Model-T

Making seed art and other grain-related crafts
Trying to figure out the next clue in the SAGE Scavenger Hunt riddle
Thanks to Amanda from the Art Gallery of St Albert for coming out to Harvest Festival! She’s pictured here making a “Scarf for St. Albert” with visitors

The train passed by at just the right time – we couldn’t have planned it better if we wanted it to!

Enjoying a beautiful Alberta day for our annual  Harvest Festival