Lacombe Community Memory Project
Start date: 18 January, 2017
End date: 16 December, 2017
LACOMBE IN 2017 - Our Canada 150 Project
Our community memory building project aims to capture 'Lacombe in 2017' and will be created by the community throughout 2017 and preserved by the historical society in the Lacombe community archive for the next generations of Canadians.
Our project will include 5 participatory programs and activities that will create lasting snapshots of the community from 2017;
1- Self-Portraits of Lacombe: a springtime school program and free drop-in painting program for the public (June to September) for residents to paint their self-portraits and depict the faces of our community in 2017;
2- Lacombe in Pictures: A year-long program for Lacombe residents to photograph the community to capture what it looks like in 2017 in partnership with the Lacombe Heritage Resources Committee;
3- Canada 150 Guest Book: visitors to the Museum in 2017 can sign their name in this special guest book which will capture the people in our community in 2017;
4- Reflections on Vimy: Oral histories will be collected by volunteers and shared through an exhibit that captures our community's present day link to the Battle of Vimy;
5- Canada 150 publication: the society will produce a special free commemorative publication for local residents that will capture the events and projects in the community for Canada 150.
Nature of the Project Reach
In alignment with the historical society's mandate, the project will engage the residents in greater Lacombe Region (City and County) in addition to Visiting Friends, Relatives and Tourists spending time in the region during the program delivery.
The project invites all members of the community to participate in capturing the fabric of the community as it is in 2017 at Canada's 150th.
This project will help build a vibrant community in Lacombe by providing inclusive and engaging free programming that inspires a deeper understanding of the community through a series of documentary and self-reflective activities.
Our project will provide an opportunity for local residents to come together throughout the year in 2017 and celebrate Canada's 150 in a memorable way that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations through its preservation in the community archives at the Michener House Museum & Archives.
This project is important to Canada’s 150 because the Battle of Vimy has become an important symbol of national unity, military ability, and national pride.