Monday, December 2, 2013

Happy Holidays!

The Lacombe & District Historical Society thanks all of its volunteers, members, sponsors, partners, supporters, and friends for another wonderful year!

We wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

The Museums will be closed December 22, 2013 to January 10, 2014.
The Flatiron and Michener House will resume regular hours starting Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Lacombe Regional Tourism Photo Contest Exhibit


November 28, 2013 - February 1, 2014

The Flatiron Museum in Lacombe is exhibiting the top ten photos voted for by the Lacombe Regional Tourism’s Facebook Fans from November 28, 2013 to February 1st, 2014.

Congratulations to Maxine Lozinsk (First Place), Danielle Payne (Second Place) and Tim Day (Third Place).

Thank you everyone for your submissions and votes to the Lacombe Regional Tourism Photo Contest on Facebook!

The Flatiron Museum is located at #100, 5005 – 50 Avenue, Lacombe (403) 755-6935, Open: Tue – Sat 9am-5pm, closed 12-1) Special hours for opening day: Open 1-8pm on Thursday November 28, 2013.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Old Fashioned Christmas - Light Up the Night Events on November 28, 1 -8pm

Join the Lacombe & District Historical Society as they revisit Christmas of yesteryear. 
The Museums are open from 1-8pm
on Thursday  November 28.
Stop in for hot cider during the bake sale at Michener House from 5pm - 8pm. Make fun Christmas decorations with Sayde and stay for story time with Mrs Claus at 7pm.
At the Flatiron Museum see the latest photo exhibit: A Sense of Place featuring the top 10 photos from the Lacombe Regional Tourism Photo Contest. Watch an old Christmas movie in the Lux Theatre and enjoy popcorn from 1 - 8pm.

Event Details

  • Date:Thursday, 28 November 2013
  • Start Time:1 PM
  • End Time:8:00 PM
  • Venue:Flatiron Building and Michener House Museum
  • Sponsors:
    Lacombe & District Historical Society

Wednesday, November 13, 2013



NOVEMBER 28, 2013 TO FEBRUARY 1, 2014


#100, 5005 – 50 AVENUE, LACOMBE
(403) 755-6935



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Prairie Puzzles

New Fall Exhibit Opening Reception
Thursday.  September 26th , 7pm  
Flatiron Museum

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fall Hours (starting September 1):

Flatiron Interpretive Center
Open Tuesday-Saturday 9-5 
(closed for lunch from 12-1)  
(403) 755-6935

Michener House Museum
Open Saturdays 9-5 
(closed for lunch from 12-1)
and by appointment
(403) 782-3933

Call to book a group tour!

Friday, August 16, 2013

2013 Heritage Home Tour

Click to enlarge poster

For more information you can watch the following interviews from Shaw TV by clicking on the title: 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Historical Society's 2013 Lacombe Days Events

Lacombe Days was a great success for our historical society. With all 3 museums open we were never short of visitors, and even had a group of over 20 people for one of the guided walking tours of our historic downtown. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us make Lacombe Days 2013 a success! 

The blacksmith shop was very busy giving live tours and demonstrations. Click the link below to read what the Lacombe Globe has to say about it! 

Two of our summer students gave free walking tours, and also made it into the local news. On the Lacombe Globe's website you can read a brief article about Seth and Sayde (the link is posted below.) They will continue giving daily walking tours at 10am and 2pm for the rest of summer. The costs are $10 for adults and children 16 and under are FREE. The tours are 45 minutes, and will teach you all you need to know about downtown Lacombe and the Murals. 

Volunteers working at the Pancake Breakfast 

Line up for pancakes!

Old car and old costumes. 

Getting ready for the parade.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Historical Society Activities during Lacombe Days: July 19-21

Friday July 19
Michener House Museum & Flatiron Museum are both open 9:00am  to 5:00pm-Free admission 

Guided Walking Tour of Murals & Historic Downtown, that start at the Michener House; morning tour is at 10:00am and afternoon tour is at 2:00pm- Free tours during festival.

Saturday July 20

Michener House Museum & Flatiron Museum are both open 9:00am  to 5:00pm-Free admission

Guided Walking Tour of Murals & Historic Downtown, that start at the Michener House; morning tour is at 10:00am and afternoon tour is at 2:00pm- Free tours during festival. 

Pancake Breakfast at the Michener House Museum from 8am-10:30am, featuring live music. Adults cost $7, Kids cost $4, and children under 6 eat for free! 

Blacksmithshop Museum demonstrations between 1pm-3pm; demonstrations and tours are free. 

Sunday July 21

Michener House Museum & Flatiron Museum are both open 9:00am  to 5:00pm-Free admission

Guided Walking Tour of Murals & Historic Downtown, that start at the Michener House; morning tour is at 10:00am and afternoon tour is at 2:00pm- Free tours during festival. 

Blacksmithshop Museum demonstrations between 1pm-3pm; demonstrations and tours are free. 

For more information visit or 

New Exhibit at the Flatiron- A Gull Lake Photo Gallery 

July 20th 8am-10:30am Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Michener House Museum

Click on poster to enlarge

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Gull Lake: Archival Photos from the collection

July, August and September 2013

The exhibition will feature a selection of black and white archival photographs of Gull Lake from the collection of the Lacombe & District Historical Society. The photographs, taken by photographers John Scales and the Ben Cameron Photo Studio of Lacombe, portray the popular vacation destination in its heyday from 1900 to 1940.

With over 100 historic photographs of Gull Lake in its collection, the Museum will be displaying a photo album with all of the pictures for visitors to see.

This exhibition has been organized by the Lacombe & District Historical Society in commemoration of the Summer Village of Gull Lakes centennial year (1913-2013). 

Centennial celebrations have been organized by the Gull Lake Centennial Committee and will be taking place in Gull Lake August 2-5, 2013. For more information visit their website at

Friday, May 24, 2013


Come listen to some great dutch bluegrass music and have some treats!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013



The Historical Society is seeking applications for temporary full-time Museum Assistant(s). The successful candidate(s) will report to and assist the Executive Director of the Lacombe & District Historical Society with duties relating to the daily operations of the Museums and Archives in Lacombe. To apply for this position you must be a student and qualify for the Young Canada Works Program. For more information about this position visit the Museum’s blog at or call us at the Flatiron Museum at (403) 755-6935

Applications will be accepted by e-mail to or bring it in person to the Flatiron Museum or Michener House Museum and Archives. Please include a cover letter and references with your resume.
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.


Job title: Museum Assistant
Location: Flatiron Museum & Interpretive Centre and/or Michener House Museum & Archives, Lacombe, Alberta 
Wage: $14.00 per hour 
Start Date: June 1, 2013 to September 3, 2013 
Work Week: Wednesday to Sunday. (some flexibility possible) 
Job Description: to provide visitor services, tourism information, give tours of historic venues and host walking tours of historic downtown, assist with archives and museum collection, among other possible duties to assist the Executive Director of Lacombe & District Historical with day to day operations of the museums. 
Qualifications: Applicant must meet the Young Canada Works guidelines; be over 16 years in age and registered as a full-time student for the fall of 2013. Applicant must have good communication skills, be fluent in English and have good computer skills.

Friday, May 3, 2013

April 30, 2013
Royal Alberta Museum acquires PoW collection 

The Royal Alberta Museum will offer a unique window on the province’s history of prisoners of war (PoWs) thanks to its recent acquisition of the Robert Henderson PoW Collection.

Canada was home to nearly 35,000 PoWs, mostly German, during the Second World War. A number of detainment camps were located in Alberta, notably at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Some camps also held civilian internees thought to be a danger to the Canadian war effort. Veterans of the First World War, most too old for active overseas service, served as camp guards.
Collector Robert Henderson spent close to four decades acquiring and researching the extensive assemblage of artifacts and materials relating to camp inmates, guards and operations. The collection’s level of documentation, which explains where, when, how and by whom most of the objects were used, is nearly as extraordinary as the objects themselves.
In total, there are more than 1000 PoW-related objects in the collection. Artifacts range from infrastructure pieces, such as an isolation cell door, to objects that shed light on camp life, including works of art created by prisoners. Also part of the acquisition is a collection of more than 600 “home front” objects.
Once processed, the collections will be assessed for display in the new Royal Alberta Museum. An online exhibit will also be developed and objects will eventually be made available for research and loans.
Operated by Alberta Culture, the Royal Alberta Museum is located in Edmonton.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Come Walk Among Us - June 15 in Alix

Come Walk Among Us 

All day Saturday, June 15th in the Village of Alix 

Be part of a busy village in rural Alberta on a typical Saturday of days gone by.

Experience history through the eyes of Irene Parlby of the “Famous Five” as she takes you on a guided tour of Main Street where you will meet other characters from the past. Mingle with the farmers and artisans who have come to town to sell you their wares, to socialize and play.

Participate in this unique period of our province’s heritage as you: enjoy homemade pie and delightful lunch options, watch butter and ice cream being made or see a carding and spinning demonstration at the museum, marvel at the antique cars and machinery, listen to live music, take a walk on the beautiful Alix Lake Nature
Trail or go for a horse and wagon ride.

Top off the day by watching a POLO GAME “the sport of kings” –– as it was played here in the early 1900’s.

Registration – Alix Youth Centre 9:00 a.m. onward

1st Walking Tour – 10:00 am/ 2nd Walking Tour – 1:00 pm

Registration fee includes: Walking Tour, Pie/Beverage, Polo Game
Youth/Adults/Seniors - $30/      Children 12 & Under - $20

More information: or
Or call Donna @ 403.747.2584
Bus transportation available from Red Deer. Camping Available.
For a list of Campgrounds in Lacombe County visit

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Employment Opportunity

The Lacombe & District Historical Society is seeking an energetic and organized individual with experience in records management, customer service, volunteer and event co-ordination to join their team on a part-time basis. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. For more information please call (403) 782-3933 / (403) 755-6935. Resumes will be accepted by email (sent to or delivered in person. Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Video of Blacksmith Shop

Shaw TV did a profile of our Blacksmith Shop. Here it is!

Blacksmith Shop

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Alberta Genealogical Society Conference 2013

Alberta Genealogical Society Conference 2013

Same Roots, Different Branches

2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Alberta Genealogical Society!

The conference will be held April 20 & 21, 2013 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre in Edmonton. Conference highlights include: International and local speakers, Marketplace, and Displays.

For more information visit or on Facebook: “Alberta Genealogical Society 2013 Conference.”

Conference email:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Annual General Meeting - March 28th, 2013


The Annual General Meeting for the
Lacombe & District Historical Society
is taking place on Thursday March 28nd, 2013 at 7pm
in the Board Room at ‘Siding 12’ located at
4892 - 46 Street in Lacombe, AB.

Welcome to anyone interested in preserving the past and supporting their local museums. All existing members are encouraged to attend. For more information please call (403) 782-3933 / (403) 755-6935.

Membership $20/single, $30/couple, $50/corporate

The Lacombe & District Historical Society is a registered not-for-profit and charitable organization. 

Monetary donations to the Society are eligible for tax receipts.