The Kneehill Historical Museum hosted its annual Pioneer Times Day and Open House on June the 8th of this 2019 year. Approximately 230 people were in attendance not including our lovely volunteers who provided the many activities, delicious foods, and wonderful demonstrations.
Displays ranged from a model train to rope making in our Agriculture shed. But the highlight of our day was the 10:30 AM ribbon cutting of our newly brought in 1930 CPR Portable Section House. Many Volunteers have donated time and given to this project in order for it to have been possible for us to have opened it on this day.
There was much to eat on scene at our Open House including freshly baked cinnamon buns, dinner rolls, and a lovely lunch served and prepared by volunteers.
Thank you to all who came out and experienced a little bit of Kneehill County History. We immensely appreciate the support and are always excited to share a little bit about what we do here at the Museum with our visitors.
This year went by quickly here at the museum. Our summer staff were busy with tours, visitor information, cataloging artifacts, and working on their summer projects.
At our 2018 Summer Celebration event on Aug. 22, Rachel McLeod, Mika Calverley and Jenny Lyver presented their projects to a audience of 38.
Rachel's project was the Post Office Saga, she presented first. Her project included a map of the county and where every post office was, a poster with history of different pot office artifacts and a timeline, and artifacts gathered from the museum relating to the local post offices.
Mika's project was the Price Family Caravan. Her project was about the emigration of the Price family on their journey from Wyoming to Kneehill County through the eyes of the children. Her project consisted of a poster with write ups of two of the children who were on the journey with paintings done by Clayton Price, and a map showing the route taken.
Jenny's project was on the harvesting history of Kneehill County, and she presented last. Her project consisted of a poster showing harvesting history from why the pioneers first came to the county to why the wooden elevators are slowly disappearing.
Come see the hard work the summer staff has done before the museum closes for the season on Sept. 15.
There was plenty to eat, fresh baked cinnamon buns and homemade butter to go with dinner rolls, and of course, pies. Servus Credit Union served the lunch, there was sloppy joes, chuck wagon stew, biscuits, hot dogs, and free ice cream for the kids.
As summer winds down, our season comes to an end. For our summer staff that means cleaning up the museum for winter and preparing for another year back at school. Nicole will be starting a new adventure in Ottawa in pursuit of a Masters Degree in International Development. Jonathan will be heading to Prairie Bible Institute to complete a gap year program in Outdoor Leadership and Catherine will be returning to the University of Lethbridge to continue her training in becoming a teacher.
In celebration of our staff's accomplishment's this summer, we held a "Summer Celebration" last night, where the students presented their summer projects to board members, family members, supporters, and our project manager for the Village School. Forty-two people were in attendance, including Reeve Long and deputy mayor, Terry Diack with town manager, Lori Conkin as well as councillor David Nadeau.
The summer was a great success this year with over 1,000 visitors. We had many projects on the go that will continue into the winter, as well as many new projects planned for the summer of 2018.
To have a peek at our summer projects come into the Museum until September 15th.
In addition to the restoration of the first village school and our other display improvements, we are working on improving the story of coal mining in Kneehill County. To do this we will be building a mine entrance that resembles the A. Trentham Mine that operated near Three Hills. This will provide visitors with a unique experience of what coal mining was like during early settlement of Kneehill County. To truly provide this unique and local experience, we are asking for local stories, photographs, or any other history that can be added to our display.
If you have stories, photographs, or other history that you are willing to share with us, you can contact us via email (email@example.com), phone (403-443-2092), or pop in for a visit! Any little tidbits of history help us make a more accurate and localized display for visitors to experience.
Today was the day to move the first Village School to the Museum from its location on 4th Ave. Preparation began yesterday afternoon to move the school at 9 AM this morning. The school was moved down main street, past the Three Hills & Dist Seed Clean on the northwest corner of Three Hills, it then went east to Highway 21 and back into town to its final destination, the Museum.
To get the school onto the museum grounds, two of the wires needed to be taken down first.
This picture is looking at the back of the school just before they moved it onto the foundation.
The school is now sitting on its foundation and is ready to be restored.