Breton and District Historical Museum

The Breton Museum is a community based museum which preserves the history and development of the Village of Breton, and the rural communities surrounding the Village.

The museum is one of the only museum's in Alberta which has a major focus on Black history in Alberta. Learn about the community of Keystone, which was founded by African American settlers in the early 20th century. Keystone was one of four rural areas settled at this time period by African Amerians.

Discover why Breton came into existence and how it became a major lumbering centre with the coming of the railroad. From the mid 1920's until the 1950's the lumber industry was a major economic driver for the area.

Also learn about the Breton Soil Plots which are operated by the University of Alberta and were establised in 1929 to provide research on fertilization usage,crop rotations and farming practices on Gray-Luvisolic soils (Gray-Wooded). This on going research has improved the agricultural practices on Gray Wooded soils which cover many regions in western Canada.

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Location

Address: 
4711-51St.
Breton, Alberta
T0C 0P0

Telephone: 780 696 2551

Mailing Address: 
Breton and District Historical Museum
Box 696, Breton, Alberta
T0C 0P0

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Seasonal

During the months of June-August visitors to the museum can view a number of exhibits that relate to our 4 themes: Black History,Agriculture, the Lumbering Industry and Community Development. Each Feburary we hold an event in celebration of Black History Month.

Open: The Breton Museum is open 11AM-5PM daily during from June 1- August 31. At other times an appointment can be made to view the museum or set up a specific program with the museum by contacting the the museum.

Closed: Thursday

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Admission is by donation.

About Collections

The museum's collection consists of objects relating to Human History of the community.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 2000

Archives

A small archival collection is contained in the museum's artifact collection. It consists of a number of records related to the Black settlement of Keystone. It also contains school records and records from a variety of community organization.

Films and Videos • Photographs

Human History

The museum's collection consists of items from everday use by the founding families of the area.

Agriculture • Animal Husbandry • Ceremonial Objects • Currency • Forestry • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Local History • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Medals • Medical History and Technology • Memorabilia • Oral History • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Sports Equipment • Toys and Games

Services & Activities

Research Services

The museum does have archival records pertaining to the community which are available for research at the museum.

Archival Records • Genealogical Research • Library
Other: The museum can offer genealogical research advise to researcher through a number of local history books in the museum's resource library.

Educational Programs

The museum has several education (school) programs available either at the museum or in the classroom. The museum staff is available for community speaking events.

Films • Lectures • School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)

Visitor Services

Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Washrooms • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Washrooms : Wheelchair access

Publications & Products

Books • Brochures • CD-ROMS