Lacombe & District Historical Society


The Society works through four avenues of access to the community – through the Michener House Museum and Archives, the Blacksmith Shop 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 Blacksmith Shop museum – the oldest, operational, on original site blacksmith shop in Alberta. Since 2012, the Society has been operating year-round in partnership with Lacombe Regional Tourism with whom it shares a full-time Executive Director.

Our Governance

As the governance body of the Lacombe’s museums the Lacombe & District Historical Society’s (L&DHS) 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.

Our museums:

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.

Available Internships

No available internships