Educational Field Trips at the Historical Village
Each year, the Museum’s outdoor Historical Village is erected in May and June for educational field trips. At the Historical Village, students of all ages can experience life in the late 1800’s through hands-on learning and interpretive tours. Our costumed interpreters guide students through various activities throughout the Historical Village, which is made up of four tipis and two canvas tents.
Students who have visited the Historical Village have had the opportunity to cook bannock over an open fire, play traditional hand games, become traders at the Hudson Bay Company, dress as pioneers, and erect a canvas tipi.
The Historical Village programming is only available in May and June by reservation. Please contact us for further information or to book your group.
Please note the Historical Village is not wheelchair accessible.
St. Bernard's Mission
Together, the St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church and the adjacent cemetery are known as the St. Bernard’s Mission. The St. Bernard’s Mission has been officially designated as a Provincial Historic site in Alberta. This beautiful church was constructed by Bishop Emile Grouard and completed in 1902. The St. Bernard Church is one of the three churches that Bishop Grouard built in northern Alberta. Bishop Grouard was a reputable artist and in the churches he constructed, visitors will find displays of his art. In the St. Bernard Church, his paintings are adorned on the wall behind the altar on hide canvases. In the cemetery adjacent to the church, visitors will locate the tombstones of Roman Catholic Bishops of the St. Bernard Mission – including Bishop Grouard - and brothers and nuns who contributed to the establishment of religious importance in the region.
Today, the St. Bernard Church remains to be an important and operational church within the community of Grouard. As a friend of the Museum, the St. Bernard Church graciously allows the Museum to offer visitors interpretive tours of this site. We kindly remind all of our visitors that as the church remains operational, interpretive tours of the St. Bernard’s Mission cannot be reserved or guaranteed by the Museum.
The Museum’s Reference Library is open to the public during the Museum’s regular operating hours. Our Library’s archival holdings consist of photographs, rare print publications, historical newspapers, maps, and audiovisual materials.
The Museum’s Gift Shop is open during the Museum’s regular operating hours. Our Gift Shop supports local artisans and art programs by offering a selection of locally, hand-made items.
Visitors will also find a selection of topical books available for purchase. From 2002 to 2003, the Museum undertook a project to collect accounts of local history by means of interviews with local elders that have connections to Grouard. Life stories have been collected from the following Elders: John and Marguerite Giroux of Grouard, Mrs. Clara Anderson of Grouard, Elsie (Dumont) Stenstrom of Slave Lake, Mabel and Russell Grey of Whitefish River, Dee Dee and Jim Thomas of Faust, Arthur Lamothe of Joussard, Joe Willier of Sucker Creek, Flora Campbell of High Prairie, Doris Nichols of Salt Prairie, and Cecile Sylvestre of Edmonton.
These accounts were published by Northern Lakes College in partnership with the Alberta Museums Association in 2006. The publication is titled, Interviews with the Elders Volume 1, (2006) and copies are available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop.
Please note the Gift Shop does not accept Interact, Visa, or MasterCard.