In 1976 the Lacombe & District Historical Society was founded with the goal of saving the Methodist Church Parsonage. Not only was this one of the oldest remaining buildings in Lacombe, it was also the birthplace to the Right Honourable Roland Michener, former Governor General of Canada. In 1977 the Michener House was declared a Provincial Historic Resource and work began on restoring the parsonage to its former glory. By 1984, the restored Michener House was operating as the Michener House Museum.
Fueled by this success, in 1991, the Society purchased the last blacksmith shop in the community. The blacksmith shop, constructed in 1902, was restored and began operations as a working blacksmith shop museum. The Lacombe Blacksmith Shop was designated as a Provincial Historic Resource in 2011.
In addition to maintaining and operating 2 historic sites, the Society provides free programing to residents and visitors. This free programing includes school tours, art in the garden, walking tours, skills for homesteaders (hands-on learning of skills such as washing, carding & spinning wool, knitting & crochet, gardening and making butter), tea parties, and other special events.
Be sure to visit the Lacombe & District Historical Society's website for information on special events and to explore the Virtual Exhibits.