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65+ Years of Collecting

Take a look at a sampling of artifacts collected since our founding in 1949.

1949 - 1959    1960 - 1964   1965 - 1969   1970 - 1974

1975 - 1979   1980 - 1984   1985 - 1989   1990 -1994

1995 - 1999   2000 - 2004   2005 - 2009   2010 - 2014


By Collections Curator Ruth Bitner

2000 - 2004

Collected in 2000
Trophy

Trophy - International Soil Products Exposition

Awarded in 1919 at the International Soil Products Exposition, Kansas City, Missouri to J.S. Fields of Regina for Sweepstakes Wheat. The trophy was returned to Saskatchewan from Washington state by Fields’ descendants. It is on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timeline at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2000
Toy Locomotive

Wooden toy locomotive

Hand made in England for James Deardon about 1910. Two years later Deardon’s family immigrated to a farm near Pike Lake, Saskatchewan. The toy is on exhibit in Winning the Prairie Gamble at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 2000
Saddle

Stock saddle

California stock saddle made in Calgary, North West Territories. It is believed to have been used by a North West Mounted Police constable stationed at Fort McLeod, Alberta during the 1885 Resistance. The saddle is at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2000
Badge

RNWMP cap badge

Royal North West Mounted Police cap badge. Canada’s national police force was known as the RNWMP from 1904 to 1920. The badge is in the RNWMP detachment on Boomtown Street, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2000
Seed Sample Case

Case of seed vials

Reference collection of economic and weed seeds issued under the direction of the Honourable W.R. Motherwell about 1912. Motherwell was minister of agriculture for Saskatchewan and later, for the Dominion of Canada. The sample case is on exhibit in Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2000
1941 Ford Tudor

1941 Ford Tudor

Used as an officers’ car at the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan base at Moose Jaw during the Second World War. The car is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2001
Airplane Model

Model of Norseman CF-SAH

Model of Norseman CF-SAH, the first airplane used by the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service in 1946. The pioneering air ambulance service transported patients with medical emergencies from rural areas to Regina. The model is on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timeline at the North Battleford WDM.

Find out more about the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service --> 

Collected in 2001
Self-Propelled Combine

Cockshutt Self-Propelled Combine

Manufactured by Cockshutt Farm Equipment in Brantford, Ontario during the mid-1950s. This combine was used on the Pidwerbeski farm north of North Battleford. It is at the North Battleford WDM.

Collected in 2001
Automated Teller Machine

Automated Teller machine

One of the first ATMs in Saskatchewan. In 1976, Sherwood Credit Union in Regina introduced Canada’s first ATM. The next year, other credit unions in Regina and Saskatoon installed the new devices. This machine is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2002
Set of Oilers

6 Symons oilers

Symons Oilers advertisement

Manufactured by Symons Metalworkers of Rocanville, Saskatchewan. Ernie Symons patented the oiler in 1923 and produced them from 1924 until the late 1980s. Oilers are on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timelines at Yorkton and North Battleford WDMs.

Find out more about Symons Oilers -->

Collected in 2002
Canoe

Blue canoe

Reportedly made from a single jack pine at LaLoche, Saskatchewan in 1971. The canoe is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2002
Settler’s Home

Settler's home

Built of logs northwest of what is now Theodore, Saskatchewan. This was the first home of Ukrainian immigrants Dymetri (Metro) and Elena Penteluk and their three children who arrived in1899 from Bukovina, Austria. The house was moved into the Yorkton WDM as part of Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibits.

Learn more about the Settler's Home --> 

Find out what was found in the attic of the Settler's Home --> 

See how the Settler's Home was moved into the Museum --> 

Collected in 2003
Brome Grass Plant

Brome grass plant including roots in case

Two year old sample excavated by Dr. Thomas Pavlychenko, University of Saskatchewan, in 1936. Pavlychenko studied plant root systems as part of his research into weed control. The plant is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2003
Banjo

Banjo in case

Homemade by a teenage Olaf Turnbull in the mid-1930s mostly from bits and pieces found around the Kindersley area family farm. The banjo is on exhibit at the North Battleford WDM.

Collected in 2003
Lunch Kit

Barbie lunch box

The envy of many a little girl - a Barbie lunch kit. Barbie was introduced by Mattel in 1959 and remains popular more than 50 years later. The lunch kit is on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timeline at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2003
Trivial Pursuit Game

Trivial Pursuit game board

Immensely popular trivia game, the brain child of Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney in 1979. The game sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. This example is on exhibit in Fun and Games at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 2003
Health Card

Health Card from Health Region No. 1 Swift Current

Denotes membership in Saskatchewan’s first health region organized at Swift Current in 1946. For an annual fee of five dollars per individual or $30 per family, health services were provided at no extra charge. This was the first comprehensive health care plan in North America. Copies of the card are on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timelines at Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton WDMs.

Collected in 2004
Air Seeder Opener

Air seeder opener from Conserva Oak

Invented and patented by Jim Halford of Indian Head, Saskatchewan. Halford founded Conserva Pak to manufacture air seeders designed for minimum tillage planting. The opener is on exhibit in Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2004
Wheat Straw Vase

Wheat straw vase

Woven by Zelma, Saskatchewan area farmer and amateur artist A.R. Rhodes in 1948. One of his creations was presented to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during the 1939 Royal Visit which included a whistle stop at Watrous. The vase will be included in Narrative Threads, a virtual exhibit organized by the Textile Museum of Canada planned for fall 2014.

Find out more about straw weaving --> 

Collected in 2004
Telemiracle Posters

Telemiracle poster "be a miracle maker 665-1977"

Promoted Saskatchewan’s first Telemiracle telethon in 1977. Telemiracle, a very successful province-wide fundraiser organized by the Kinsmen Foundation, is still going strong in 2014. The posters are on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timelines at Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton WDMs.

Collected in 2004
Rock Picker

Schulte Industries rock picker

Developed at Englefeld, Saskatchewan by John C. Schulte, founder of Schulte Industries. He patented his rock picker in 1964. The machine is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.


More 65+ Years of Collecting

1949 - 1959    1960 - 1964   1965 - 1969   1970 - 1974

1975 - 1979   1980 - 1984   1985 - 1989   1990 -1994

1995 - 1999   2000 - 2004   2005 - 2009   2010 - 2014


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