The Michener House Museum & Archives and the Blacksmith Shop Museum will not open as they traditionally would due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to the difficulties of our confined spaces, coupled with the inability to sanitize our artifacts, and a lack of summer student funding, we are not going to be open in a traditional sense while the pandemic is on going,” Melissa Blunden, executive director, said.
Blunden is hoping that they will be able to offer more services as the summer progresses.
“We are hoping as the summer comes to be able to roll out a pre-booked tour option of the facilities for members of the same household, however, we are in the beginning phases of this and more information will be public soon,” she said.
For the time being, the Lacombe & District Historical Society is offering online resources in order to continue to share the history of the community with the community.
Those resources include Remembering Holland: Stories from Lacombe and the Second World War, which pays tribute to Canadian war efforts; virtual tours, which brings residents virtually into museum sites and will soon be expanded to include historic buildings; Throwback Thursdays, which features archival images and the stories behind them on Facebook and Twitter; ArtiFACT Fridays, which is way to engage with the museum collection; and Museum Mystery Suitcase, which are outreach kits for seniors.
More information can be found at lacombemuseum.com.