A SHORT STORY ABOUT US
The Lacombe & District Historical Society acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty Six territory. We are respectful of the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people whose footsteps have marked this land for centuries.
The Society works through three avenues of access to the community – through the Michener House Museum and Archives, the Blacksmith Shop Museum and the Society events that take place outside of the museum space.
The Lacombe & District Historical Society (#6288), formerly known as Maski-pitoon Historical Society, was incorporated May 5, 1971. Before officially becoming a Society, the organization met to discuss the purchase of the Grace Methodist parsonage, the birthplace of Governor General Daniel Roland Michener. The purchase of the site occurred October 11, 1972 and restoration was completed in the earlier part of 1984. In 1991, the Society purchased and restored the Lacombe Blacksmith Shop Museum – the oldest, operational, on original site blacksmith shop in Alberta.
From 2012 - 2020, the Society has been recognized by the Alberta Museums Association as a Recognized Museum and has maintained year-round permanent staff and volunteers. This has allowed the Lacombe Museums to act as a source of school tours & programming, hosting special events for the community, and having our collection of over 12,000+ items in our archives accessible for researchers.
To be a relevant and integrated asset that provides value to the individual members, organizations and businesses in the community of Lacombe and Lacombe County by providing programs and services directly to the public through the operation of two Museums, a gift shop, and a community archives in Lacombe, Alberta.
The Lacombe & District Historical Society’s (L&DHS) mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the history and heritage of the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County for the benefit of the local communities by adhering to the standards and best practices for preserving history.
• Participation: we value and recognize the contribution of volunteers within our organization.
• Inclusivity: we value and recognize the diversity of people and groups represented in our communities and facilitate access to the Lacombe Museums for all.
• Creativity: we value and recognize new leadership approaches and seek to provide progressive and inspiring collaboration opportunities in the communities we serve as agents of social change.
• Sustainability: we value and recognize sustainability on an organizational level, with our operations, and as members of the community and the museum and archives sectors.
• Excellence: we value and recognize our communities needs through continuous improvement in the services, programs, and resources we provide.
As the governance body of the Lacombe Museums, the Lacombe & District Historical Society’s (LDHS) primary purpose is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the history and heritage of the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County. As a non-profit charitable organization, the society provides programs and services directly to the public through the operation of three Museums and a community archives in Lacombe, Alberta.
The Lacombe & District Historical Society shall be independent in pursuing these purposes, but will co-operate with any and all agencies, public or private, and with interested individuals who share in the same purposes.
To this end, The Society shall, to the extent of its ability and resources:
- Encourage the acquisition of articles of historical note and the restoration, preservation and display of such articles for the benefit of the public.
- Seek grants and other forms of assistance from all levels of government for the acquisition, restoration, and maintenance of historical sites.
- Encourage public participation in the preservation of our heritage through activity in the Society, donations of money, and donations of artifacts, historic documents, photographs, paintings, etc.
- Promote public awareness of our history and the contribution of our forebears.
- Make our community aware of the need to preserve reminders of our past and our heritage.
- Recruit suitable and capable people to ensure the leadership and personnel necessary to attain these objectives.
- Carry on such other activities in relation to the foregoing as may be deemed advisable.
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