Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Night at the Museum, 2011

On Saturday, March 19, 2011 the Musée Héritage Museum hosted a special event and a number of historic and contemporary, well known Canadians dropped in! Historic guests included Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy, Louis Riel, Anne Murray, Dr. Ruth Nakai and Queen Elizabeth II!

Actually Grade 5 and Grade 6 students from Leo Nickerson Elementary School, in St. Albert, came in to display their History Fair projects.  The theme this year was “Night at the Museum” and each student took on the persona of a historic figure. By dressing up and delivering a first person monologue each child shared, in a very unique way, what they had learned about their chosen subject.

All you had to do was press the big red button on their hands and the character would come to life!  Really great idea and lots of fun for the students and visitors!  Thank you Andrea and Leo Nickerson students for your presentations—they were awesome!!

Check out the pictures!

Lois Hole (Julianna)

Star Trek's "Scotty" - James Doohan (Claire)

Les Rogers (Gracie) - The Canadian Curling Skip 
Winning the Canadian Senior Curling Championship in 2005

One of the Famous Five - Nellie McClung (Sabrina)

Billy Bishop (Kade) - Canadian WWI flying ace

Ann of Green Gables (Tayden)
Speaking about her author Lucy Maud Montgomery

Louis Riel (Ian)

Two more of the Famous Five...
Emily Murphy (Celina)

Nellie McClung (Kristyn)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

St. Albert Historical Society AGM and Film Screening

On March 3, 2011, the St. Albert Historical Society held their AGM at the Musée Héritage Museum.  Following the meeting, the film, A Living History of Métis Families as told by Dorothy Chartrand, was shown.  This film was produced and directed by Judy Iseke and told the story of Dorothy Chartrand’s family and life.  Dorothy Chartrand (née Bellerose) is a Métis woman who is a member of the St. Albert community.  She did research into her family history and told stories of her family’s experiences in the community from the 1800s to today. 

The film was well attended and featured various archival records as well as Dorothy Chartrand’s personal family photographs.  The film outlined the challenges that Chartrand came across while conducting genealogical research in addition to highlighting the history of St. Albert as experienced by a Métis family. Judy Iseke has done a remarkable job of capturing stories from St. Albert’s past.  She shared with those who attended the screening her experiences of producing the film and the personality of Dorothy Chartrand.  The website for the film is

 Here are some images from the film screening...