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Metis Geneology Workshop
Crocus Tea at the Museum
Sports Display - Historical Museum

Once again the Prince Albert Historical Museum is opening its doors on Thursday's from 1-4pm. Come in and see all aspects of Prince Albert's history including First Nations, Metis, transportation, war etc. There are some hands on activities for young and older visitors too.

Volunteers will be available to answer questions or conduct tours.

Larger groups please book in advance.

Cost: FREE. Please enter at the east door.

Once again the Prince Albert Historical Museum is opening its doors on Thursday's from 1-4pm. Come in and see all aspects of Prince Albert's history including First Nations, Metis, transportation, war etc. There are some hands on activities for young and older visitors too.

Volunteers will be available to answer questions or conduct tours.

Larger groups please book in advance.

Cost: FREE. Please enter at the east door.

Historical Society's Annual Christmas Opening
Donation to Historical Society from St.  Mary's

The Prince Albert Historical Society would like to thank St. Mary's High School for their donation of a television for displays in the Historical Museum.

Pictured are Dennis Ogrodnick for St. Mary's HS and Michelle Taylor Curator for the Historical Society.

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The museums aren’t as closed as you think!

Of the four museums in Prince Albert, three remain available to the public year round. The Historical, Police and Corrections, and the Evolution of Education museums are still available for viewing! Schools are welcome to visit (advance booking required) as are the general public on Thursdays between 1 and 4pm.  

Viewings and the archives are available outside those times but advance notice is required.

By: Allison McQueen
Throughout the summer, the Historical Museum receives a variety of visitors. Many visitors are people from Prince Albert and area, out for the day to see what the city has to offer.

Parents, young children in tow, visit us to engender respect for the past and foster learning in the new generation. Grandparents and grandchildren meander through the rooms so that the older generation can reminisce about their youth.

Historical Museum Changes – Allison McQueen

I have worked as a Summer Tour Guide for the Prince Albert Historical Society for three summers. Each summer, there is something different to learn or see at the Historic Museum. Just off to the right of the entrance to the Prince Albert Historical Museum is the Serjeant Room, named after Bob Serjeant, a past president of the Historical Society. Within the Serjeant Room we maintain a display that changes from year to year. Of late, the displays have been related to centennial years in Prince Albert’s history.

Historical  Medicine

Medicine sold in Prince Albert in 1886

Have you ever wondered what kind of medicine doctors in the late 1800s prescribed? Here at the Prince Albert Museum we have a cabinet filled with empty bottles of medicine that were sold and used at the local drug store. What did our ancestor use to treat sore throats, high blood pressure, angina and acne in Prince Albert? What were some of the antiseptics and antispasmodic drugs that were used?

The Historical Museum will be open Family Day (Feb. 18) from 1-4pm.

Free of Charge.

A small exhibit of archival material will be on display.

For more information, please call the Historical Museum at 764-2992

The Prince Albert Historical Museum winter office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 12pm and 1 - 4pm. NEW in 2013!

The Historical Museum will be open Thursday afternoons to the public from 1 - 4pm.

Admission is FREE.

Tours to the Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections and the Evolution of Education museum and other weekday tours to the Historical Museum are still available by appointment.

Access to the Bill Smiley Archives is also by appointment.

To book a tour or visit the archives please call 764-2992.

Christmas at the Museum
Those Who Fell Here

World War Two – Prince Albert, Remembering Those Who Fell Here

Several of the aircraft at the Centennial of Flight Airshow last August were the types used in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan training schools during World War 2. Prince Albert had two of those schools; the No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School and the No. 6 Air Observer School.

Two thousand, four hundred and sixty seven aircrew came to Prince Albert to do their elementary flying training and six hundred and fifteen to do their air observer training.

Museum to Honor Veterans

Remembrance Day Open House
Prince Albert Historical Museum
Sunday, Nov. 11
1-4pm

WWII Speaker Glenn Martin

Everyone Welcome.

For more information please call 764-2992.

Museum to Honor Veterans

The Historical Museum will be open Remembrance Day from 1-4pm.

There will a World War II veteran speaking about some of his experiences.

All Welcome.

Just a reminder that this afternoon at 2pm, Morley Harrison will be speaking at the JMC Public Library about the the 'Unsung Heroes' in Prince Albert.

Refreshments are served.

Please plan to attend!

Hands on Heritage

The Prince Albert Historical Museum is hosting 'Hands on Heritage' on Thursday Sept. 27th and Friday Sept. 28th, as part of Culture Days.

There will be hands on activities such as butter and ice cream making, letter writing with fountain pens, embroidery/knitting activities led by the Embroiderer's Guild, and a flintknapping demonstration by Doug Allen.

The event is open to all from 9am to 4pm. Cost is FREE.

Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass

Carnival glass is a type of moulded or pressed glass that always has a pattern and a shiny metallic iridescent surface shimmer. This carnival glass has been called by other names such as aurora glass, dope glass, rainbow glass and even as Poor man’s Tiffany. The reason why it was called Poor man’s Tiffany is because Tiffany was an expensive brand that specialized in blown iridescent glass.

The Season May Be Done But the Historical Society is Still Busy

Just because the museum doors close of Friday, doesn’t mean that the museums are closed.

I want to encourage you to make it an afternoon destination this fall and winter.

There is always someone in the office at the Historical Museum, all you have to do is phone ahead and let us know you are coming. It is not just the Historical Museum that is available for tours, it is also the Police and Corrections or Education Museum. The only museum that is not available is the Diefenbaker House.

Historical Walking Tours of Downtown
 

Tomorrow, the tour will leave the Historical Museum at 11:00am and 2:00pm.
Tours last 45 min to 1hour 15 min.

This is a free tour.

Please call 764-2992 for more information

Tick Tock

Tick Tock by Allison McQueen

Within the Historic Museum’s Tea Room we have an interesting old clock.

The clock hangs on the wall, unassumingly ticking out the hours of the day and dutifully marking off the passing of each hour. The clock’s decorated face oversees all the visitors to the Tea Room and the image on it’s chest make all who see it imagine a far off land.

One morning, while setting up the tea room for another day of business I realized that the clock had ceased its ticking.

written by: David Liebricht

“Billy” Bishop, Flying Ace

William Avery “Billy” Bishop was born on February 8th, 1894 in Owen Sound, Ontario.

A total of 72 victories earned him the title of top Canadian Ace in WWI. Amongst allied pilots in the First World War, Billy Bishop also was one of the most decorated. His pin-point precision with guns, along with unmatched flight dexterity gave him the name “Hells Madg” or Hell’s Handmaiden by the German soldiers.

History of Roundel

History of the Roundel

During the beginning months of the First World War, the need for national markings had not been anticipated .With the risk of ground troops mistaking friendly aircraft flying overhead as enemies, the need to adapt an easy way to recognize one’s own planes became essential. Thus, the idea of a roundel was born.

France was the first country to use roundels fleet-wide in 1912. The idea was inspired by the French Cockade; a knot of ribbons, that uses colors to show the allegiance of its wearer, often pinned to a hat or a lapel.

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