Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!

As you can see from our Christmas newsletter which you will find here, or by reading the following post, we have had an eventful year.

As we go into the New Year we are looking at more ways to bring the history of Lacombe and Lacombe County alive and relevant  to those that live here, as well as creating a place that people will want to visit and stay awhile.

Please note that we will be closed until January 8 and we will have new hours. In the meantime, stoke up the fireplace, turn on the Christmas lights, curl up with a good book, gather loved ones around for a board game or a movie, drink hot chocolate, apple cider, or egg nog, go sledding or skating, visit a shut-in, leave cookies on a neighbor's doorstep, and enjoy some time off from the regular concerns of the world.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or any other holiday, we hope you have the best of the season with family, friends, laughter, love, warmth and fun.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lacome & District Historical Society Wins Heritage Award!

We were honored to have received an award from Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.

Lawrence Henderson is the president of the society.

Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture, congratulates Lawrence Henderson of the Lacombe and District Historical Society.

 Lawrence Henderson of the Lacombe and District Historical Society speaks at the 2012 Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards as board chair Dr. Carolee Pollock looks on. The society was presented with a Heritage Conservation Award for its efforts to preserve the art of blacksmithing through the restoration of the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop.

Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk shares a laugh and a memory with Bill Marquardt of the Lacombe and District Historical Society at the 2012 Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards in Edmonton, November 30.
 Bill is our blacksmith. He has lots of stories to tell and he's quite an artistic guy!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Christmas Village Interview!

Interview by Anna Maria Junus  - Assistant to the Executive Director of the Lacombe and District Historical Society

Dennis and Elaine Wilson have been setting up their Christmas Village for years. This year they move the village out of their small apartment and into the Flatiron Museum. While Dennis was working hard at setting up the village (there is a lot of snow to fall, lights to light, and trees to plant), I sat down with Elaine.

Let's first talk about you two. Where were you each born? Tell us about your family.

Dennis was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He's the oldest of five brothers and sisters. He was born deaf and received a cochlear implant in 1989. I was born in Kelvington, Saskatchewan. I have an older brother and a twin sister. We were the first set of twins born in Kelvington. We were mirror twins. Complete opposite. I was blonde and blue-eyed and she was black haired and brown eyed. She was right handed, I was left. She was petite and I was not. We were opposite but close. My grandfather suggested that we be named Ida and Ido. I probably would have gotten Ido. I'm sure happy my mother had the names already picked out. My sister's name was Lorraine. Elaine and Lorraine.

Where did you and Dennis meet?

We met in Red Deer. There was a dance at the Legion. He asked me to dance and that was it. Game over. It was 1999. Then I moved to B.C. where I got my Master's degree, and Dennis, for twenty-six years worked at Juniper Emblems here in Lacombe and now he's been at Red Deer Exhaust. He would come and visit me and he asked me to marry him. So I did. We got married in 2000 and then we moved back here.

Do either of you have children?

I have three girls. Dennis had never been married before and doesn't have children.

When did this Christmas village first start?

Dennis and I were married August 12, 2000 in Langley BC and the village started in December of 2000 and it has increased, increased, increased until it was the village or the furniture.

What was the first piece?

It was the four piece Norman Rockwell village and the nativity. Every year we added to it. This year we spent another four hundred dollars. When we do it at home it's only certain pieces we bring out.

Do you have stories for any of the pieces?

We were friends with another couple. When they found out that he was dying of cancer they gave us their village.

Which ones are your favorites?

Dennis loves them all. I like our new one that has the girl making a snow angel. And I like the gondola. Come see the village. Pick your favorite.

How many pieces do you have in your collection?

With the little people and everything, he's got to have close to three thousand. Dennis doesn't let me unpack, pack or set them up. Even the little people he individually wraps. Do you think I have the patience for it? I would just throw them in a box.

Have you ever broken anything?

Yes. That's why he doesn't let me touch them. I dropped a house on a house and that was the turning point. I went to hand it to him and I thought his hands were out and it dropped. You would think I had smashed the whole village.

Where do you normally set up your village?

It's always been set up in the front room with me moving my furniture into the spare bathroom and the spare bedroom. We live in a small apartment. I've gotten down on my knees and thanked you guys so many times. My house is clean!

Is your house going to seem bare now that your showing your collection at the Flatiron this year?

Not at all! We're still putting up a Christmas tree. I can have company sit on my chesterfield in the living room. I can have a meal at our kitchen table in the kitchen. For three nights before Christmas we used to have the door open for people to come in and view the village and have a snack.

How long does it take to set up and when do you usually start?

He starts in November or early December. Dennis is such a quiet person when he works you don't even know he's there.

Is there anything you would like to get for the collection that you don't have right now?

If we could afford it, I would like to get more movable parts, like another train so we could have two. A coal train or a passenger. Dennis likes to put the train around the tree.

Thank you for the interview Elaine!

The Christmas Village will officially be on display throughout the Christmas season on November 29th. Look for other seasonal displays as well. The Flatiron is getting all gussied up for Christmas! And while your there, cast your vote for your favorite piece!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Light Up the Night Festival Events

During the month of November we are having a silent auction for a beautiful Darcy Shaver limited edition print. The auction closes on Dec. 1 at 5 pm. You can see the print and place your bid at the Flatiron Museum. Proceeds go to the Lacombe and District Historical Society.

Thursday, November 29 2012

Flatiron Museum and Michener House Museum open 1-9

Come to our grand opening of our Christmas Exhibit at the Flatiron. We open that day from 1-9. We have a beautiful and large Christmas village as well as other decorations and exhibits. So while you're downtown at the Santa Claus parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the LMC, pop in and see our beautiful display.

Also, Michener House will have it's annual bake sale. Home baked goodies made for you by our wonderful volunteers. The bake sale begins at 1 pm and goes until 9 pm or until everything is sold. Yes, we are open late that night especially for the Light Up the Night Festival.

Friday, November 30 2012

Flatiron Museum and Michener House Museum open 9-5. Closed for lunch from 12-1.

See if any goodies are left over from our bake sale at Michener House!

Come see the Christmas Village at the Flatiron Museum and warm up in the Lux Theatre.

Saturday, December 1 2012 

Flatiron Museum and Michener House Museum open 9-5. Closed for lunch from 12-1.

Blacksmith Shop demonstrations at the Blacksmith shop from 11 - 2.

Mrs. Claus comes to the Flatiron from 3-5 pm. She will read a classic Christmas story and then show a Christmas movie down in the Lux Theatre.

And our silent auction comes to a close at 5 pm.

For more information on the Light Up the Night Festival, visit Lacombe Events or Heart of Lacombe.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Culture and Harvest Festival

The Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival is this weekend! Sept 28-30.

To see all the events - and there are a lot of them, then visit Heart of Lacombe.

We have several events going on that weekend.

Both the Flatiron and the Michener House will be open from 9-5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As always, these venues are free. You haven't seen Lacombe until you've visited these two important historic sites. Did you know that a Governor General of Canada was born in this town?

We will have FREE walking tours of the murals and the downtown core. These will happen daily at 10:30 to 11:30. Meet at the Michener House and our lovely escort will take you around town and show you the beautiful murals of Tim Giles, and tell about the histories of our hundred year old buildings that still house active businesses. Did you know that horses used to walk up to the bar and order a beer? It was indeed the wild west.

On Friday we have a Dairy Farm Tour from 2-5. This event does require tickets at $10 a person, $5 16 and under. We will meet at the Flatiron museum where you will receive a friendly guided tour of the display "A History of Dairy Farming" and then we'll board a bus to Nielson Dairy Farm where we will learn about modern dairy procedures and how milk products get from the cow to your table, because milking a cow in your kitchen is never a good idea.

On Saturday from 11-2 come for a live Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing Demonstration. Yes, we will have a live horse who has consented to allow the public demonstration of acquiring shoes. And as always with our blacksmithing demos there will be fire, sparks, steam and loud noises. Kids will love this because it's got fire, sparks, steam and loud noises.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today's the Day!

Historical Home Tour. Come see those beautiful homes!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Although we had lots of fun things planned during the summer for afternoon activities, due to lack of interest we will no longer be doing them. However we still have them on file and plan to continue the activities in September for school groups. If you are a teacher or a home schooling parent, please ask about our activities when you set up a school tour.

We also will no longer have daily walking tours. Walking tours will be by appointment only. If you are interested in a tour that includes the downtown buildings and the murals please call the Michener House at 403-782-3933 or the Flatiron at 403-755-6935.

Walking tours are $10 per person, 16 and under free, minimum of two people.

We will have new hours beginning August 19th. The Flatiron will be open Mon-Fri, closed Sat and Sun and the Michener House will be open by appointment only. If you happen to walk by and see the open sign out on the sidewalk, then feel free to come in.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lacombe Day Thank You!

The Pancake Breakfast was a great success thanks to all the volunteers who came out to cook, make batter, serve at the cash and serve the food! 400 people were fed and 150 participated in the 50/50 raffle! Congratulations to Mike Duffy who won the raffle.

Friday, July 20, 2012

2012 Heritage Home Tour

August 11th, 2012
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

The Heritage Home Tour offers a rare glimpse inside stunning heritage homes in the beautiful historic City of Lacombe.

Pick up your information at Michener House and then take your time viewing five beautiful homes all within walking distance. A guide will be at each home to show you through and tell you about the history.

Then you can go to Salt, a restaurant in the Kent house. Take a look around this lovely building and take advantage of the specials that Salt is offering to tour participants (cost of food is extra).

Tickets for the tour can be purchased for $25 at the Michener House and the Flatiron Museum.
For more information call: 403-782-3933 or 403-755-6935.

All proceeds go towards the non-profit Historical Society.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lacombe Days is Here!

Come to our pancake breakfast on Saturday 8-10:30. Take a tour of the Michener House and the Flatiron. Saturday only come to the Blacksmith shop. There will be demonstrations, live horseshoing and a petting zoo! Or take advantage of our new lower prices to take a guided tour of historic downtown.

New Lower Guided Tour Prices!

We have changed our guided tour prices to serve you better.

Take a walk through the downtown core and learn about the buildings and murals for our reduced rate of $10 a person. If you're 16 or under you get to go for free! Minimum of two people.

Friday, June 15, 2012

New Summer Hours!

Michener House and Flatiron Museums

9-5 Sunday to Saturday (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Guided Historic and Downtown Mural Walking Tour

Sign up for a guided tour! Beginning at the Michener House and ending at the Flatiron Museum your guide will tell you about the historic buildings and the murals painted by local artist Tim Giles. Prices are $20 a person or $15 a person for groups of eight or more. Tours are at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm everyday beginning June 23rd. Must have a minimum of two people. Contact Michener House at (403) 782-3933 or Flatiron Museum at (403) 755-6935.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Announcing New Staff

The summer student positions have been filled by Jennifer Egolf and Hanna Yanglou  Jennifer moved to Lacombe with her family in 1994 and Hanna has come here from Edmonton. Be sure and say hello to these ladies when you drop by. They join our staff of Marie Peron, directer of the museums, and her assistant Anna Maria Junus.

We will have our new summer hours soon. We will be open at both Michener House and the Flatiron 7 days a week from 9-5.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lacombe Trade Show

Thank you to all who helped out at the trade show. It was a big success and we had a lot of interest.
L-R Members of the Lacombe & District Historical Society,
Diane Smith and Debbie Gillard.

These were just two of the many people who helped out by manning the booth.

We were pleased to be a part of the trade show and look forward to more opportunities to exhibit what we have to offer to the community.

Our museum hours are:
Michener House Mon-Sat 9-12 am
Flatiron Museum and Interpretive Centre Mon-Sat 1-5 pm
Blacksmith shop is by appointment

And no, the red van in the back of this picture does not belong to us.

Opening Reception

On Tuesday May 8th from 6:30 to 8:30pm, The Lacombe & District Historical Society hosted an opening reception for their 2012 Spring-Summer Exhibit Series at the Flatiron Museum & Interpretive Centre.

L-R; Mr. Lawrence Henderson, 
President of the Lacombe & District Historical Society; 
Mr. Peter Bouwsema, Lacombe City Councilor;
Mrs. Paula Law, Lacombe County Deputy Reeve;
Mr. Gus Jautz, Mrs. Mary Shur, Mrs. Elsie Jautz.
The opening reception featured talks about the Museums’ current exhibits:
- The Girl Guides Through Time
- Celebrating 110 years of History: The Lacombe Police Service
- A History of Dairy Farming in Lacombe

These new exhibits were organized by the Lacombe & District Historical Society in conjunction with the Lacombe Public Library’s Award Winning History Lecture Series hosted at the Lacombe Memorial Centre and are the product of growing collaborations between the society and various organizations in the community.
L-R; Mr. Fred Dobirstein, Mr. Gary Wm. Leslie, 
Mr. Orest Schur, Mr. Gus Jautz

The opening reception’s program included speeches by Marie Péron, Executive Director of the Lacombe & District Historical Society, Mr. Steve Christie, Mayor for the City of Lacombe, Mrs. Joan Fredeen, former Girl Guide Leader and Volunteer, Mrs. Anna Robertson, current Girl Guide Leader and Volunteer, Mr. Gary Wm. Leslie, Chief of Police for the Lacombe Police Service, and Mr. Lawrence Henderson, former owner and operator of the Henderson Dairy Farm in Lacombe.

L-R; Mr. Gary Wm. Leslie, Chief of Police;
Mr. Rod Fox, MLA Lacombe-Ponoka
The evening event was attended by approximately 50 people including Mr. Rod Fox, MLA Lacombe-Ponoka, Mrs. Paula Law, Deputy Reeve for the County of Lacombe, Mr. Orest Schur, former Chief of the Lacombe Police Service, Mr. Gus Jautz, retired member of the Lacombe Police Service, and Mr. Fred Dobirstein, former deputy Chief for the Lacombe Police Service, and representatives from the Markerville Creamery Museum.
Attendees enjoyed a wine tasting hosted by Chateau Wines & Spirits from Lacombe and a live musical performance by local singer and songwriter Justine Vandergrift.
The Lacombe & District Historical Society thanks all of its dedicated volunteers and members for their assistance with the opening reception at the Flatiron Museum and making the event a true success.  Thank you to all of our sponsors past, present and future for your support!

Friday, April 27, 2012


CALL TO RESERVE (403) 782-3933 or (403) 755-6935

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 22nd Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting for the


is taking place on Thursday March 22nd, 2012 at 7pm.

in the Board Room at 4892 - 46 Street in Lacombe, AB.

New members wishing to join the Society are welcome. All existing members are encouraged to attend as this is our most important meeting of the year.

For more information please call (403) 782-3933.

Everyone is Welcome.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

FEB 29 - MAR 17: Museums closed


FROM FEB 29th – MARCH 7th


Flatiron Museum and Interpretive Centre

Open Wednesday - Saturday: 1pm - 5pm

5005-50th Avenue, Lacombe

(403) 755-6935

Michener House Museum

Open Wednesday - Saturday: 9am - 12pm

5036 - 51st Street, Lacombe

(403) 782-3933