Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Food Trucks Are Coming… to St. Albert!

Come down to the St. Albert Grain Elevator Park this Friday August 29, 2014 from 5-9 PM for a NEW special event… The Food Trucks Are Coming! Along with 11 of the region’s tastiest food trucks (see list below), there will also be tours of the historic grain elevators, live music, a beer garden, and a 50/ 50 draw. So bring your picnic blanket, lawn chair, hat and sunscreen--sit down, relax and come enjoy some grub!

Admission is free to the St Albert Grain Elevator Park; donations are welcome. For additional information, please call 780.419-7354 or email

Food trucks you will find at the event:
Afterbite Mobile Kitchen
Atilla the HUNgry
Cookie Love Machine
The Crooked Fork
Dedo’s Food Truck
Drift Eatery
Incredible Edibles Catering
Native Delights
S’Wich Food Truck
Trent’s Smokin BBQ

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Early published issues of the St. Albert Gazette are now available online

Front page of St. Albert Gazette, 1 Jan. 1949.

Early issues of the St. Albert Gazette newspaper have been digitized and are now full-text searchable on the Peel's Prairie Provinces website, split into the various incarnations of the paper:

St. Albert Gazette, 1949 - 1953.
St. Albert Gazette, 1961 - 1966.
The Gazette, 1966 - 1970.
St. Albert & Sturgeon Gazette, 1970 - 1974.
The Gazette, 1974 - 1989.

The St. Albert Gazette provided print issues, and the Musée Héritage Museum and St. Albert Public Library provided microfilmed copies of the paper to this digitization project. The Peel's Prairie Provinces, administrated by the University of Alberta, is an online resource of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to western Canadian history and prairie culture. The site has a full-text searchable collection of many of the items, including newspapers.

Also available in digitized form is an earlier newspaper from St. Albert, known as the St. Albert Star / Étoile de St. Albert. This paper was published from 1912-1914 and was issued in both English and French. What is interesting about this paper is that it would often have unique articles with respect to  English and French issues. Thus, the two issues catered to both the English and French speaking people, respectively.

The Musée Héritage Museum Archives also has the physical prints of the St. Albert Gazette and some copies of the St. Albert Star / Étoile de St. Albert.  Currently the museum has a 1915 issue of Les Progrès Albertain on display as part of our World War I exhibit.  Les Progrès Albertain was a French newspaper printed during the time of the war. The public is welcome to view any of these prints. If you would like to see these papers, please email the Musée Héritage Museum Archives or phone 780 459 1528.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mission Hill Day 2014

Mission Hill area in St. Albert, [198-].

On August 17th, 2014, join us between noon and 4pm at the Father Lacombe Chapel to celebrate Mission Hill Day in St. Albert, Alberta . The Father Lacombe Chapel will be offering tours by costumed interpreters, homemade ice cream, musical guests, and historic demonstrations. Walk through the chapel, crypt, grotto and cemetery as a guide shares the stories of the hill and afterwards enjoy a refreshing iced tea and learn the art of rug hooking. There will be crafts and games for the young at heart.
Father Lacombe Chapel, [188- - 189-].
Father Lacombe Chapel is the oldest standing building in all of Alberta, built by Father Lacombe and early Métis settlers in 1861. It started the St. Albert Mission, which became the centre of French speaking and Métis communities of the area.

Father Lacombe Chapel is open daily from 10am - 5pm through to September 1, 2014.

See you there!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Staff Profile: Project Archivist

My name is Jennifer Vickers. I came from London, Ontario in early May to begin work as a project archivist with the Musée Héritage Museum. My job has been to digitize oral histories that were originally recorded on cassette tapes.

 I’ve learned a lot about St. Albert from listening to some its most important figures (including Eugene Perron, Mary Callihoo, and many, many others) talk about growing up and raising families in the area.

  My background is in English Literature and East Asian Studies (strange, I know, but I got a lot out of studying each subject). In 2013 I finished my degree in Library and Information Science with special interest in archives at the University of Western Ontario. Between then and starting my new job here in St. Albert, I worked as an intern at the Sisters of St. Joseph archives in London, Ontario. When it came time to move on, though, I found out just how difficult finding work in my field can be (especially in Ontario). Now that I’m working with the Musée I could not be happier.

  A typical day for me entails listening to oral history interviews while I record them onto my computer and make transcription notes. Then the recordings are cleaned up a little and stowed away until they will eventually be put online for easy access. Hopefully some of you reading this will listen to the tapes and get a better understanding of the town’s history. No two interviews are alike, either. Every single person has a different perspective on town events and culture. 

   Fortunately I have also had to opportunity to help the programmers at the museum which gives me the chance to find out more about the community.  I’ve spent time doing all sorts of crafts and activities that relate to St. Albert’s history, while working with children of all ages.

  The common element between all oral histories that I’ve dealt with is that they bring history to life. I’m proud that I can contribute in my small way to generating awareness for your local history and for the archives. My hope is that I can make these interviews ready for many more generations to experience.