The Lacombe and District Historical Society (LDHS) is celebrating 50 years in the community of Lacombe this year. Despite the challenge of the pandemic, the organization has already had an exciting year after being approved for their move into the Flat Iron Building.
Now, there is another exciting project that is ‘taking root’ at the Michener House Museum (located 5036 51st Street, Lacombe). A Learning Garden is being constructed in the yard of the historical home. The project funded by Triangle Construction and Echo Lacombe Association has recently begun construction.
“Our board is always looking for projects that provide a unique benefit to our community,” said ECHO Lacombe Association Vice-President Jana Fafard. “In this instance, we can support something that both recognizes our historical roots and advances Downtown revitalization efforts.”
The 4-staged plan will incorporate the history of the land and include information from a variety of experts.
“This project will transform our lawn into a space that incorporates a wide breadth of history from prehistoric times to the 1920s,” said Blunden. “This site allows us to enhance our new curriculum- based programming while offering a wonderfully visual and engaging opportunity for visitors. This garden wouldn’t have been possible without Echo Energy’s contribution,” said Melissa Blunden, Executive Director for the Lacombe & District Historical Society.
Community members may also choose to dedicate flora to loved ones or in their memory.