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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

2005 - 2009

Collected in 2005
Grey Cup Souvenir

Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup 1966 souvenir tray

Memento of the Saskatchewan Roughriders first Grey Cup win in 1966. The tray is at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2005
Jingle Dress

Blue jingle dress

Made in the late 1990s by Robyn Goforth, originally from the Onion Lake First Nation, for her young daughter who danced at many pow wows. The dress is on exhibit at the North Battleford WDM.

Collected in 2005
Quilt

Quilt by Debora Barlow

Prize winning quilt made by Debora Barlow for the WDM Commemorative Quilt Contest held in 2005 to mark Saskatchewan’s 100th anniversary. The quilt is featured at the conclusion of Winning the Prairie Gamble at the Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2005
Versatile Tractor

1967 Versatile D118 tractor

1967 Versatile D118 tractor manufactured in Winnipeg. The company was founded by Peter Pakosh who grew up in Canora, Saskatchewan, and his business partner Roy Robinson. In the late 1960s and 1970s Versatile was Canada’s leading manufacturer of articulated four-wheel drive tractors. It is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2005
Trophy

Trophy "Sheaf Grain" 1959 won by Seager Wheeler

Sweepstakes on Sheaf Grain trophy won by Rosthern, Saskatchewan farmer Seager Wheeler in 1915 at the International Soil Products Exposition in Denver, Colorado. Wheeler received international acclaim for the quality of grain grown on his farm. The trophy is on exhibit in Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2006
IHC Tractor

Model 1456 Turbo Diesel IHC Tractor

Model 1456 Turbo Diesel modified for tractor pulls. Dubbed Moon Rocket by owner Fred Summach, the tractor took part in competitions around Saskatchewan and Alberta and occasionally further afield. Moon Rocket is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2006
Midway Posters

Lew'Chuck's midway shows poster
Lewchuck Vaudeville Co Magic Show poster

Collection of posters promoting Nicholas Lew’chuk’s magic and midway shows. Lew’chuk and his family from Canora entertained audiences throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta for decades beginning in the 1920s. A selection of Lew’chuk memorabilia is on exhibit at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 2006
Licence Plate

Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 license plate

Specially issued in celebration of Saskatchewan’s centennial in 2005. This plate was on Premier Lorne Calvert’s car during the celebration year. It is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2007
Fallout Shelter Model

fallout shelter model

Promoted construction of fallout shelters in home basements. The threat of nuclear attack during the Cold War, especially after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, was uppermost on the minds of both government officials and civilians. The model is at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2007
Decorative Wheat Sheaf

Decorative wheat sheaf and ribbon from Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 1972

Made by Barbara Petracek for entry in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto where she took first prize in 1972. For years beginning in the late 1960s, Petracek entered local competitions at fairs in southeast Saskatchewan around Tantallon, Saltcoats, Churchbridge and Yorkton. The sheaf, along with another made from oats, is at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 2007
Board Game

Board game "Judo"

Produced by Canada Games Company in the mid-1930s. Ludo is similar to Parcheesi. The game is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 2007
Cabbage Patch Doll

Cabbage Patch doll

A sensation in the mid-1980s. This doll was given to a little girl by her grandparents for her fourth birthday in 1985. It is in the popular culture section of Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2008
Kylym

Kylym

Wall covering of brightly dyed and woven wool believed to be from the Bukovina region of western Ukraine and brought to Saskatchewan in the early 20th century. It is part of the furnishings of the settler’s home at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 2008
Miner’s Lamp

Miner's lamp

Part of the equipment carried by underground workers at the PotashCorp mine at Allan, Saskatchewan. The rechargeable lead-acid battery was good for 12 hours per charge and could be recharged 500 times. It is in the resources exhibit at the North Battleford WDM

Collected in 2008
Double Desk

Double desk made of wood

Belonged to Joseph Edwin Underwood and Roy Alexander McLellan, partners in Underwood & McLellan, an engineering firm that began in Saskatoon in 1911. The company specialized in municipal engineering projects. The desk is part of the furnishings in the Town Office on Boomtown Street, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2008
Radon Gas Monitor

Radon gas monitor

Used in a uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan. Other radiation detection devices in the 1940s were big and heavy. When this new portable, lightweight instrument came out in the 1950s, it was nicknamed cutie pie. It is in the mining exhibit at the North Battleford WDM.

Collected in 2009
Joni Mitchell Album

Joni Mitchell album cover

Released on May 1, 1969. Mitchell, a world renowned folk-rock artist, grew up in Saskatoon. She painted her portrait for the album cover. It is on exhibit in the popular culture section of Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 2009
Kimono

Kimono

Traditional Japanese kimono brought to Canada by Kimi Wakabayashi when she came to Canada as a young bride in the early 1930s. She wore it for special occasions. In fall, 2014 it will be featured in Narrative Threads, a virtual exhibit organized by the Textile Museum of Canada.

Collected in 2009
Cell Phone

BlackBerry 7750

Research in Motion BlackBerry 7750 released in 2004. Cell phone service was introduced to Saskatchewan in 1989. The phone is in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timeline exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2009
Scintillation Scanner

Scintillation scanner

Diagnostic medical device that detected abnormalities in internal organs by measuring the radiation they gave off after a patient ingested a dose of a radioactive substance. In 1962, Saskatoon Cancer Clinic senior physicist Sylvia Fedoruk, graduate student T. D. Cradduck, and machinist John McKay, developed the machine. It is in the healthcare exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 2009
Flour Sack Costumes

Flour sack costumes

Mother and daughter costumes made for a hard times dance by Eleanor Wagner of Craven, Saskatchewan in the late 1940s. Wagner used flour and rolled oats sacks to make the imaginative outfits. They will be part of Narrative Threads, a virtual exhibit organized by the Textile Museum of Canada, in fall 2014.


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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