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Do not overlook the smaller community museums and/or historical societies which possess information on early settlers and residents. Check local telephone directories or Directory of Alberta Museums and Related Institutions, published by Alberta Museums Association (Museums Alberta). Some museums are listed below and their collections illustrate information which may be available at other institutions.
Basilian Fathers Museum
- Basilian Fathers Museum
Mundare, Alberta T0B 3H0
Telephone: (780) 764-3887
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm and summer weekends; appointment required
Mandate is to preserve archival materials representing the Ukrainian, religious and cultural life, historically and culturally significant to the Basilian Fathers and/or Mundare and surrounding area. Collection dates from 1903 to the present. Guide is available for photographs, documents and Liturgical books.
Claresholm and District Museum
- Claresholm and District Museum
5126 #2 Highway
Claresholm, Alberta Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1000
Claresholm, Alberta T0L 0T0
Telephone: (403) 625-3131
Hours: Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend: Monday-Sunday 9:30 am-5:30 pm; during the winter, an appointment can be arranged through the Town Hall (625-3186)
The holdings consists of records documenting the history of Claresholm and area, from 1880 to 1930, including minutes of the Town of Claresholm; records of local school districts and societies; correspondence of private individuals; farm and airport periodicals; and over 1,000 photographs. Also of interest are lists of pilots trained nearby during WWII and through NATO.
The staff will give 15 minutes of research free: there is a charge thereafter, prepaid. A listing is available for the catalogued records at the Museum and holdings are also described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.
Fort Saskatchewan Museum
- Fort Saskatchewan Museum
10006 - 100 Avenue
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 1V9
Telephone: (780) 998-1783
The museum has a relatively small archival collection
- local histories
- local newspapers (1903-1915 with some gaps)
- North West Mounted Police journals and history
Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitors Information Centre
- Millet and District Museum, Archives and Visitors Information Centre
5120 - 50 Street
P.O. Box 178
Millet, Alberta T0C 1Z0
Telephone: (780) 387-5558
Hours: May-August: Monday-Saturday 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Winter hours, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 1:00 pm-4:30pm
Holdings consist of the photos from the Town of Millet and from the thirteen surrounding school districts that were covered in the history book Tales & Trails of Millet. Held as well are town minute books, business records, posters and manuscripts from many organizations, businesses and residents from the above described area (1880-1970).
- Morinville Museum
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3252
Morinville, Alberta T8R 1S2
Telephone: (780) 801-3290
Hours: summer: Wednesday-Sunday 12:00 am-5:00 pm
Housed in the old convent of the early 1900s. The major collection is over several thousand negatives from photographs printed in three local publications.
- minutes of the Thibeault School District
- early French newspapers (1910-1911)
- minutes of the M.D. Sturgeon
Musée Héritage Museum
- Musée Héritage Museum
St. Albert Place
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N 3Z9
Telephone: (780) 459-1528
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; an appointment is recommended for research.
The Musée Héritage Museum provides for the preservation and understanding of St. Albert’s history. Holdings consist of the municipal records of the City of St. Albert; drawings and plans of historic buildings and structures; records of local organizations and clubs; personal papers, including photograph collections of St. Albert residents; local business records and records of school districts and residential schools.
A subject index to the holdings is available on an in-house database. Some holdings are also described on the Archives Network of Alberta Database.
Of Genealogical Interest
- computer database of the museum’s entire collection
- biography file of St. Albert people
- reference books
- newspapers local businesses materia
- a few family genealogies
- extensive genealogy of the Callihoo families
Stony Plain Multicultural Centre
- Stony Plain Multicultural Centre
- 5411 - 51 Street
Stony Plain, Alberta
Mailing address: :P.O. Box 2188
Stony Plain, Alberta T7Z 1X7
Telephone: (780) 963-2777
Hours: library: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am-6:30 pm; an appointment is recommended
Combined with displays in an early high school building, an archives section (in the attic) has information and photographs about Stony Plain and its early pioneer families.
- oral histories
- written family histories—cross referenced to subject areas
- photograph collection (over 2,000) catalogued and cross referenced
- historical calendars/greeting cards
- historic site inventory
- on microfilm from about 1907 to 1940s
- bound copies from 1930s to 1980s
- local history books (cross referenced)
- reference books
- some business papers (i.e. Oppertshauser Family Hardware Store)
Taber Irrigation Impact Museum - Taber District Museum Society
- Taber Irrigation Impact Museum - Taber District Museum Society
4702 - 50th Street
Taber, Alberta T1G 2B6
Telephone: (403) 223-5708
Hours: summer Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; winter: Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am-4:00 pm
The holdings of the Taber and District Museum Society pertain to and promote irrigation, crops grown in irrigation and related processing industries. The Museum also specializes in the history of the Town of Taber (originally Tank 77 on the Canadian Pacific Railroad line) and the surrounding district. The holdings date from 1904 and include business histories, agricultural records, information about local residents, maps and photographs, including those of local photographers Stan Keeling and Johnny Evanson. A completely indexed set of the Taber Times newspaper is also available.
Dr. Woods House Museum - Leduc and District Historical Society
- Dr. Woods House Museum - Leduc and District Historical Society
4801 - 49 Avenue
Leduc, Alberta T9E 7G6
Telephone: (780) 986-1517
Hours: July and August Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am-5:00 pm; Winter (September-June): Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
The Society operates the “Woods House,” the home of Dr. Robert Woods. The displays are mainly of the Woods family life. A small archival collection features:
- The Representative (1907-1976)
- The Enterprise (1904-1906)
- some information of local homes and families
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