Lougheed House Conservation Society
Our Story Why We Exist
Lougheed House is a National and Provincial Historic Site built in 1891 by Sir James and Lady Isabella Lougheed for their growing family of six children. The family resided in the home until 1936, and established themselves as strong supporters of the arts and active members of their community. Did you know that the House was deemed a National Historic Site in 1995 because it is one of, if not the last, remaining pieces of architectural design of its kind on the Canadian Prairies today?
The Lougheeds made Lougheed House an important cultural and social hub for Calgary at the turn of the century, and so too our work to engage our community reflects this premise - making the site, and the heritage it represents, accessible and relevant to an increasing diverse and growing city. Lougheed House has been open to the public as a historic site since 2005. Lougheed House is managed by the local non-profit, the Lougheed House Conservation Society. The Lougheed House Conservation Society was founded in 1995 to preserve this important piece of our history for the public's enjoyment.
Lougheed House actively contributes to the life of our community through educational and school programs, the heritage gardens, and our diverse exhibition program and museum. We are truly grateful to the community who, two decades ago, had a vision to bring this site to life for the benefit of future generations.
At Lougheed House, we tell diverse stories about the past which helps us all to understand our community and our place in it. From the story of Sir James and Lady Isabella Lougheed's community involvement to the use of the House after 1936 by the Dominion-Provincial Youth Employment Training Program, the Canadian Women’s Army Corps and the Canadian Red Cross Society, many perspectives on our past are available through Lougheed House's history. We provide access for all to Alberta’s rich cultural heritage and foster contemporary perspectives on local arts and culture.
Our history is relevant to our contemporary community challenges, and it is the role of Lougheed House & Gardens to be a dynamic connector to our past as Calgary continues to evolve and grow.
Our Impact What We Do
Each year, we welcome approximately 15,000 people to Lougheed House to experience local heritage and culture in a unique immersive environment. Almost 70,000 people use the Gardens and Park spaces of Lougheed House every year.
We feature curriculum driven school programs, ongoing exhibitions, a museum collection, permanent exhibits, interpretive programming and guided, as well as audio tours. Events such as book launches, educational talks, workshops and film screenings at Lougheed House offer opportunities for the community to connect, engage with each other, and actively participate in Calgary’s dynamic and evolving cultural scene.
In 2016, Lougheed House will celebrate its 125th Anniversary of being built in 1891, a real Calgary milestone. The 125th Anniversary represents a historic, one time opportunity to grow awareness of the site and its importance as a symbol of Canadian history for local, contemporary audiences.
We continue to engage our community through our active volunteer and member core, and by reaching out to further ensure our offerings reflect the contemporary needs of our neighbourhood, and our broader community. We continue to develop new partnerships with community organizations to deliver more exhibitions and programs, providing new opportunities for visitors to engage with the history of the site and with regional culture.
Our Programs How We Do It
Lougheed House’s activities build on our ongoing work at the House to make life better for Calgarians: In 2013, our gardeners planted 3400 plants for the community to enjoy, our interpreters toured 367 visitors through the House and our educators delivered school programs to over 600 students.The Lougheed House provides a variety of exhibits, programs and events, such as:
- Exhibitions in the Lougheed House Gallery, showcasing local arts and heritage, engaging visitors in Alberta history and culture.
- Talks and Film Series, opportunities to grow our audiences, in particular new and younger Calgarians, engaging them in diverse aspects of our contemporary culture.
- Interpretive and Audio Tours of the Museum, providing interactive opportunities to learn more about an important founding Calgary family.
- Lougheed House Christmas, bringing the Winter season to life, celebrating this time in a way that is immersive, and accessible.
- School Programs, a range of curriculum based programs for Kindergarten through Grade 6, providing children with an immersive experience in history engaging them in a discussion about Alberta’s past and its impact on today. Our programs allow students to discover their Albertan heritage. For more information, visit our website http://www.lougheedhouse.com/school-programs/
- The new “Let’s Get Learning” Pilot School Program for 2015, providing free access to Disadvantaged Students
- Summer Family Day Festival, a neighbourhood family event connecting with 1000 Calgarians annually
- 125th Anniversary of Lougheed House in 2016 that will bring Calgarians, local artists and performers together for a year-long celebration featuring hands on experiences, sounds and more, of turn of the century Calgary. Celebrations will be open to the public to enjoy.
Our Requests What You Can Do
We welcome you to get involved, and help the community engage in its past, to encourage new thinking about our future!
Lougheed House is operated by a non-profit organization that raises approximately 30% of its revenues through donations, sponsorship, event rentals, and partnerships which ensure we can continue to offer an immersive experience with history for all ages. We accept donations to support our ongoing operations: http://www.lougheedhouse.com/donations/
Lougheed House is always looking for volunteer support to ensure the delivery of programming and to engage the community. Volunteering opportunities are offered at the House and in our Gardens. Opportunities are available in assisting events and interpreting the house as a costumed docent. Garden volunteers assist the Head Gardener in nurturing and beautifying the Gardens. For more information, visit our website: http://www.lougheedhouse.com/volunteer/
The Let’s Get Learning Fund is a new pilot program at Lougheed House which offers school programs to disadvantaged students at no cost to them. The costs of field trips are on the rise and budgets for school activities are shrinking. To experience a curriculum-based school program at Lougheed House, schools pay a program fee in addition to bussing fees. These fees can be prohibitive. Contribute to the new Let’s Get Learning Fund this year, and help students from low income areas discover their Alberta heritage at Lougheed House!
Lougheed House Membership is available on an annual basis and provides access year-round to the House and voting privileges in the AGM, along with additional discounts and special member opportunities.
We are grateful for the community’s support which ensures the House can continue to provide an immersive experience with Calgary’s history, for visitors of all ages.