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.