Friday, March 6, 2015

Musée Héritage Museum photo on display in the new curling exhibit at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

The 2015 Tim Horton's Brier is currently taking place in Calgary, Alberta.
To celebrate the opportunity to host this event, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary has a new curling exhibit called Sweeping to Success: Stories of Canadian Curling. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame has gathered artifacts and photographs, from many different halls of fame and museums across Canada, for this exhibition which is open until June 2015.

Hector Gervais' sweater in the Musée Héritage Museum collection. Includes badges from the Canadian Championship of 1961 and 1974, the 1961 World Championship in Scotland (Scotch Cup), and the 1974 World Championship in Bern, Switzerland

The Musée Héritage Museum is proud to have provided a photograph of St. Albert, Alberta curler Hector Gervais and the 1961 winning team of the Scotch Cup. If you are in the Calgary area, be sure to check out this photo on display along with many other photos and memorabilia covering the great history of curling in our country.

Drop by the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert if you are interested in knowing more about Hector Gervais, or to take a look at our own collection of curling related artifacts and archival materials.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wesakechak and the Birch Trees: A Métis Legend

On the blog today is a special preview of the story Wesakechak and the Birch Trees, this rendition is a Métis legend as told by Celina Loyer, with illustrations by Jessie Loyer©. 

Read through the first two pages of the story, then visit the Musée Héritage Museum’s Discovery Room to read the rest of the story and find out exactly how birch trees got those black markings on their bark!  

Based on the information revealed in the first two pages of the legend how do you think the Birch Trees received those black markings all over their white bark?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

‘On the Road Again,’ with the Musee Heritage Museum!

What if a teacher is not able to bring his, or her, students on a field trip to the Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert?  No worries – we’ll bring the field trip to your classroom!

At the Musée, we have been offering outreach programs for years and it is a really important part of what we do.  Inviting a programmer to visit your classroom means that teachers and students have the opportunity to look closely at museum objects, learn something new and share their knowledge with a museum professional, all in the comfort of their own classroom space.

Outreach programs are great for the programming team at the Musée, too.  We enjoy getting out to visit other places, meet new people, and experience the varied environments at different school.  We regularly provide outreach programs in St. Albert schools, Edmonton schools, and even schools in communities further afield, such as Ft. Saskatchewan, Barrhead, Buck Lake, Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park.

 In these photos, one of our Aboriginal programmers, Celina, leads the ‘I Belong’ education program with Mrs. Buchanan’s kindergarten students at the Ellerslie Campus in Edmonton.  Celina has been doing programs at the Musee for more than five years now, and is definitely one of the best when it comes to working with the pre-school and kindergarten children. 

Native drumming is an important part of the ‘I Belong’ program in which children make their own paper drums, and decorate them with important animals of their own choosing.  Once the drums are complete the children join our programmer, who uses a traditional hand drum, and the children drum along with their paper ones.  The program is a lot of fun for everyone and it helps to teach the children about belonging and about the First Nations and Metis cultures.

For more information about outreach programming with the Musée Héritage Museum please go to our website at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy 50th to the Canadian flag!

February 15, 2015 officially marked the 50th anniversary of Canada's flag!
While there had previously been discussion about a design for the new flag the official debate started on  June 15, 1964 when Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson introduced it to the House of Commons. 

Originally around 3,500 different designs for the new flag were submitted, with the winning entry coming from George Stanley.  In 1965 Queen Elizabeth II would officially proclaim the Maple Leaf flag as the Canadian national flag.

The Musée Héritage Museum remembers this event each July 1 as we revive the "Great Flag Debate"  at the Little White School. This contest asks children step back in time and create a Canadian flag design that will be considered by a panel of judges.  

Below are some of the winning entries received the past couple of years so have a look and then start planning your own design for the Canada Day 2015 Great Canadian Flag Debate contest at the Little White School!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Family Day at the Little White School in St. Albert

Family Day 2015 will soon be here!  
What a great day to head out to Seven Hills with your toboggan or your “crazy carpet.”  On Monday February 16, 2015 the Little White School will be open, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for Family Day.  

We invite families and friends to take a break from sledding, come in out of the cold, have a look around and enjoy an indoor activity.

View from Mission Hill. St. Albert, 1977. Jaap Jelle and Liesbeth Bakker fonds

An instructor from the Art Gallery of St. Albert will be on-hand to lead visitors in creating an artistic bookmark: perfect to help out with quiet time reading after a full day of sliding on the hill.

Family Day 2014 on Mission Hill

We will be offering hot chocolate and snacks, and the “schoolmaster” will be around so that visitors can explore the old-fashioned 1948 classroom, and ask about what school was like in days gone by.

Little White School classroom
Admission to the Little White School on Family Day will be by donation, and bathrooms 
are available in the basement.  
You can find the Little White School at 2 Madonna Drive in St. Albert.  We hope to see you there!