It’s been two years since the Lacombe & District Historical Society has been able to host their full repertoire of events. Not only are the Michener House Museum and the Lacombe Blacksmith’s Shop open for the season, but most of the society’s events have returned with a few new additions to check out.  

“It's definitely been a quick change of pace from having the restrictions. I think that most people would agree that it was a bit of a damper the last two summers not being able to do a lot of things.  Everything that we've done pre-COVID, we've brought back probably like three times as much. Keeping in mind, we also have a brand new museum at the Flatiron Building that has already opened this year, so we've been really busy with our three sites,” said Executive Director of the Lacombe and District Historical Society, Melissa Blunden. 

There are only a few tickets left for the Society’s upcoming Garden High Tea Party at the Michener House Museum and Blunden says it will be something you won’t want to miss out on. 

“There’s going to be some pretty interesting foods. We’ve got a really fun menu planned, so it'll have some more traditional items like this three-tiered tray brimming with finger sandwiches, sweets, and pastries. Then, there's also going to be a couple unique items on there as well as bottomless pots of participant’s choices of tea. It could be a really fun afternoon out on hopefully a nice, sunny day,” said Blunden. 

The event will be hosted on Friday, July 1st. and will be a great opportunity to check out the Historical Society’s new Garden Space located just outside of the Michener House Museum. For tickets to that event, click here. 

However, another way you can check out the new garden space will be to check out the Society’s weekly Art in the Garden event. The drop-in program runs every Saturday from 1-4:00PM until September 3, 2022 with new activities that will be happening each week. The program is free and is for people of all ages. 

“This last weekend they did plaster painting, which was canvases covering canvases in different clusters to get different techniques and textures on it, then painting a scene on top of that. There was a lot of fun it wasn't just a craft, it's a natural fine art exhibit or fine art activity. At the end of summer, we are going to host an exhibit outside in the garden with all the pieces people have made in the program over the summer,” said Blunden. 

In addition to art in the park, Blunden says you can take in history through Historic Downtown Walking Tours or learn skills for homesteaders at the Michener House Museum and Blacksmith’s Shop on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information on that, click here. 

There are also only a few more weeks of the Legacy of Hope Exhibition at the Flat Iron Museum. The Museum is wrapping up local school tours and the exhibition will remain in the space until July 16th. 

With all these extra activities, the Lacombe and District Historical Society is looking for more volunteers to help with the Blacksmith's Shop. For more information on volunteering, click here.