Historical Publications

The Echoes

The Echoes is the St. Albert Historical Society’s periodic newsletter. Begun in 1974, The Echoes is now published three to four times per year and contains a variety of articles from historical commentaries to advising members of upcoming events.

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St. Albert – A Pictorial History

As a result of its early work organizing and cataloguing the artefacts and photographs in the Musée Lacombe Museum collection, the St. Albert Historical Society embarked on the publication of its first historical book: St. Albert – A Pictorial History. This 80-page volume is organized as a photograph album and traces the history of St. Albert through various themes: buildings, people, education, commerce, agriculture and community activities. Captions and short dialogues complete the work.

In addition to photographs from the Musée Lacombe Museum collection, sources include donations from many area families, the Ernest Brown and Oblate collections and the Provincial and Glenbow Archives.

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The Black Robe’s Vision

The Black Robe’s Vision was published in 1985, representing several years of research and hard work by a book committee of volunteers numbering several dozen. Financed by grants and community support in the form of pre-sales and sponsorships, The Black Robe’s Vision celebrated its release to the public in February, 1986.

This comprehensive 2-volume set contains both a history of St. Albert and an anthology of individual family stories. The account traces the community’s growth from before the founding of the Mission until 1985 and includes the evolution of the Mission, government, commerce, education, health and social life. Also included are the histories of several rural communities within St. Albert’s traditional trading region. Both volumes are liberally illustrated with historical photographs, most of which were generously supplied by families in the represented communities.

In addition to the original print version, The Black Robe’s Vision is available in USB and CD formats.

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A Week in the Life of St. Albert – 1990

This unique book of photographs originated with an invitation to the public to submit photos of events and scenes taken during the week of May 19 – 25, 1990. The result is an extraordinary snapshot in the life of the community. This volume makes both a great coffee table book and a wonderful souvenir gift.

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Video documentary: St. Albert Then, Now and Forever

Produced in 2000 as a millennium project, this 40-minute documentary features a historical account of St. Albert from its founding to the present. The documentary is liberally interspersed with interviews with local historians.

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A Bridge Over Time

The Continuing Story of St. Albert is a publication recapping the original St. Albert History as told in Black Robe’s Vision published 30 years ago as well as updates to present day St. Albert.

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