Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrate Canada 150!

In celebration of the Canada 150 anniversary, the Lacombe & District Historical Society is undertaking a community memory project that aims to capture 'Lacombe in 2017'.

The Lacombe Community Memory Project will include participatory programs and activities that will create lasting snapshots of the community from 2017 to be preserved by the historical society in the Lacombe community archive for the next generations of Canadians. 

LDHS 1990.1.592 Portrait of Bernice Bailey c.1910
Self-Portraits of Lacombe: 
The faces of our community in 2017 

As part of our school program this year, students will create self-portraits during their visit to the Flatiron Museum. Classes will be encouraged to take the portraits back to school and create an exhibit. 

A free drop-in art program will be offered at the Michener House Museum every Saturday morning from 10:00 am to noon for the public to participate in throughout the summer. Participants will have the opportunity to paint their self-portraits and submit their work to be included in the Self-Portraits of Lacombe Exhibit that will be on display during the Lacombe Culture & Harvest Festival at the end of September.

Lacombe in Pictures:
Our built environment in 2017

Volunteers and members of the public will be invited to participate in taking photographs the community to capture what it looks like in 2017 in partnership with the Lacombe Heritage Resources Committee.

The Denike Block in Lacombe in the 1920s and recently in 2014

Canada 150 Guest Book

Visitors to the Museum in Lacombe can sign their name in this special guest book which will capture the people in our community in 2017.

Lest We Forget - Lacombe Cenotaph

Reflections on Vimy Exhibit

Oral histories will be collected by volunteers and shared through an exhibit that captures our community's present day link to the Battle of Vimy. 

This project is important to Canada’s 150 because Canada's military history and events such as the Battle of Vimy have become a important symbols of national unity, military ability, and national pride.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge: What Does it Mean to You?
The Lacombe and District Historical Society is pleased to release its first ever online survey. As part of the Society's Canada 150 community memory project, this survey aims to capture the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017!

What does the battle mean for people in 2017, at the 100th anniversary? That is the question that this survey attempts to answer.

Members of the public are invited to complete the survey online at 

OR to complete one of the paper copies provided here and place the completed survey in the box provided.

Results will be featured in Reflections on Vimy, an exhibit which will be on display at the Lacombe Memorial Center during August and September 2017, as well as online at the Historical Society's Virtual Exhibit page. Furthermore, the results from this survey will be collected and retained by the Lacombe and District Historical society for exhibits, research, and other uses.  All responses to the survey will remain anonymous. 

The survey will remain open until 5:00pm on Friday, April 14th, 2017.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at or phone us at (403)782-3933.

The Reflections Vimy Exhibit will be on display at the Lacombe Memorial Centre in August and September 2017.

Canada 150 Publication

The society will produce a special free commemorative publication for local residents that will capture the events and projects in the community for Canada 150.  

Purpose of the Community Memory Project:

The project invites all members of the community to participate in capturing the fabric of the community as it is in 2017 at Canada's 150th. It will help build a vibrant community in Lacombe by providing inclusive and engaging free programming that inspires a deeper understanding of the community through a series of documentary and self-reflective activities.

Our project will provide an opportunity for local residents to come together throughout the year in 2017 and celebrate Canada's 150 in a memorable way that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations through its preservation in the community archives at the Michener House Museum & Archives.

Thank you to our Funding Partners:

The Lacombe Community Memory Project has been made possible with the generous support from the Red Deer Community Foundation and the Federal Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund.

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