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Roland Michener | Rooted in the West

On July 5, 1967, the Lacombe Globe announced that the newly installed Governor General, Roland Michener, was planning to come for a visit in November of that year. This visit did indeed come to pass, and Roland Michener and his wife Norah spent a busy afternoon in Lacombe on Thursday, …

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At Home and Abroad: Stories from Lacombe and the Second World War

Introduction to the Second World War The Second World War lasted for six long years, starting with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September of 1939 and ending with the defeat of the Axis nations in Europe and then Japan in 1945. Between those bookend events, Canada made …

National Historic Places Day – 360 Tours

The Lacombe Museums The Michener House Museum The Michener House Museum displays items from Roland Michener’s personal and family collections, furnishings from the turn of the century, the original pump organ from Grace Methodist Church, in addition to the bed that Roland Michener was born in. The Michener House was …

Remembering Holland: Stories from Lacombe & the Second World War

The Second World War The Second World War started with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany on September 1st, 1939. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later, and Canada declared war on September 10th. Some of Nazi Germany’s goals during 1940 were to defeat France, Holland, …

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Through the Years | The Kanngiesser Building

Kanngiesser Building Lacombe

History of the Building The building now known to Lacombe residents as the Kanngiesser Building originally had a different name. It used to be known as the Urquhart Block, after Andrew Urquart who built it in 1907. It is located on the Flatiron Block in Lacombe’s historic downtown. Due to …

Reflections on Vimy

What Happened and What Does it Mean?   The First World War in 1917 The Great War was now well into its 3rd year and the sweeping operations of 1914 had given way to stalemates, the costly battles of 1915 had yielded little success, and the large scale attacks of 1916 …

Lest We Forget: Our Brave Hearts

In the early 20th century, a series of events transpired, the consequences of which would influence the paths of nations for decades afterwards. Tensions that had been smoldering on the international stage for years finally came to a head in 1914, leading to the outbreak of the First World War, …