(Lacombe Museum and LDHS Archives)

Lacombe museum makes history accessible online in new virtual speaker series

The Lacombe Museum will be hosting 12 speakers over the 2022 calendar year as part of a virtual speaker series.

Melissa Blunden, executive director at Lacombe and District Historical Society, said the series is designed to inspire and stimulate conversations and provides a unique opportunity to hear from and interact with featured speakers in the heritage world.

“We’re eager to create this virtual space of learning that is available for all levels and interests with such speakers. By offering our speaker series virtually, it allows us to host both speakers and participants from all over the world; giving our members and community at large the opportunity to learn from and discuss with knowledgeable specialists in a variety of heritage-related fields,” said Blunden.

Each month the team at the museum will bring to life a conversation with specialists in their field, covering a variety of topics such as Lacombe’s famous Edwardian architecture, archaeology in central Alberta, impacts of the prohibition in Alberta and genealogy 101.

The series aims to add diversity to museum offerings and increase accessibility to programming. Many topics that will be covered in the series are not currently interpreted in the physical spaces of the museum, while the virtual delivery allows more people to attend the lectures than the Lacombe Museum could accommodate in person.

The series will be offered via Zoom throughout 2022 so that community members near and far have the chance to experience the vibrancy of Alberta’s history from their own homes. The lectures will be recorded and be available after the date of the lecture to those with a current Lacombe and District Historical Society membership.

The full virtual speaker series schedule is at lacombemuseum.com/events/category/speaker-series. Participants can register for a spot for any of the upcoming lecture series by following the link on the calendar.