Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Snowflake Festival 2014 at the Musée

St. Albert's annual Snowflake Festival was this past Friday, November 21, 2014. 

Along with a number of other organizations in the Perron District, the museum participated in this exciting yearly family event. 

After the big light up, visitors came inside to look at our newest exhibit, the annual Take Your Best Shot Youth Photo Exhibition,  and enjoy some holiday cheer in the form of hot apple cider and candy canes.  

Our programmers had crafts to keep the kids entertained - thanks to our great volunteers Marian and Chantal for helping out! Check out the photos below to see what fun everyone had at this year's Festival:

Chantal assisting visitors in making holiday cards

Visitors playing at the Building Station in the Take Your Best Shot exhibit

Visitors enjoying the Take Your Best Shot exhibit

Roy helping visitors make 3D snowflakes

Councillor Hughes checking out the archives display

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remembrance Day Reflection

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day is always a special time, and this year’s ceremonies were poignant reminders of the service and sacrifice Canadian soldiers have made throughout our nation's history.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, a conflict in which over 60,000 Canadians lost their lives.  After the recent tragic deaths of Canadian soldiers in Quebec and Ontario, the meaning of Remembrance Day was brought very much to the present day.

The Musee Heritage Museum was open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on November 11th, with staff attending the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph, just down the street from the Museum’s front doors.  It was great to see such a large crowd in attendance for the Remembrance Day ceremony on St. Anne Street.

The weather was cold, so it was nice to have the museum open and many people dropped in to see the exhibitions and warm up.  We provided coffee, hot chocolate and snacks, including some homemade bannock, courtesy of a special friend of the museum (thank you Theresa).  Theresa's mother, Dorothy, had served in the CWAC’s during World War II, and her uniform was on display at the museum for Remembrance Day.

We also had special exhibitions on display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War: an honour wall telling the stories of the numerous men (and one woman) from St. Albert who served in World War I; and the Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel exhibit.  

Our Discovery Centre and Education Space were also set up with military artifacts, war posters, and interesting facts.  We even had some World War II uniforms that visitors could try on!

When the day was done, we had welcomed more than 400 visitors at the museum!  Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and came downtown for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph, and to the Musee Heritage Museum, to help us honour our veterans and our fallen soldiers.