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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

1980 - 1984

Collected in 1980
Snowmobile

Manufactured by Bombardier at Valcourt, Quebec about 1956. Similar vehicles sometimes transported children to school. This unit was used by Saskatchewan’s Department of Natural Resources. It is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 1980
Commemorative Quilt

First prize winner in the WDM Commemorative Quilt Contest in honour of Saskatchewan’s 75th anniversary in 1980. It was made by Sarah Wall of Saskatoon and has been featured in several WDM quilt exhibits. It is now in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 1980
Wind-Propelled Car

Wind car on display

Built by a teenaged Kerry Bartlett of Tonkin, Saskatchewan in the early 1970s from a Volkswagen chassis, windmill parts and oil drums. It is featured in Fuelled by Innovation, a new exhibit which opened at the Saskatoon WDM in January 2014.

Collected in 1980
Artificial Arm

Made by Robert Wilkinson of Tisdale, Saskatchewan after losing his arm in a railway accident in 1943. Wilkinson patented the arm in 1950. It is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 1981
Boxcar

Built in 1929 for the Canadian National Railway. It was last used at Lloydminster and now forms part of the CNR branch line exhibit at the North Battleford WDM.

Collected in 1981
1938 Comfortactor

Minneapolis Moline UDLX tractor with cab, radio, heater, headlights and other innovative features. J. Foster Clark of Ardath, Saskatchewan bought the tractor new in 1941. It is on exhibit at the Saskatoon WDM.

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Collected in 1981
Buckskin Jacket

Boy’s beaded jacket reflecting the Métis tradition of floral beadwork. It was a gift to Leroy Massingill by his father about 1915 and worn in the Maple Creek and Leader areas of Saskatchewan. The jacket can be seen in Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 1982
Sheet Music

Published by Empire Music Company in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Songs like this inspired patriotism during the First World War. The original is in storage; a copy is on exhibit in Winning the Prairie Gamble, Saskatoon WDM.

Collected in 1982
Tabernacle

Hand made during the winter of 1928-29 by Prokop Magera for a Ukrainian Orthodox church near Tuffnell, Saskatchewan. Some of the wood reportedly came from CNR fences. The tabernacle is on exhibit at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 1982
Quilt

Pieced eight point star made in 1898 by an 18-year old girl while recuperating from a broken leg. She came to Saskatchewan from Ontario and settled in the Hawarden area. The quilt is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 1982
Military Exemption Certificate

Farmers were exempt from military service when conscription was introduced in 1917 during the First World War. The original document is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre. Copies are on exhibit in the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timelines at the Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton WDMs.

Collected in 1983
1962 Volkswagen

Dubbed the Beetle, the VW was economical to run and popular for decades. The car is on exhibit at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 1983
1 X Crow Petitions

An initiative of Young, Saskatchewan farmers to protest proposed changes to the Crow Rate, the price charged to farmers by the railways for hauling grain. Supporters were urged to sign the wood cutouts which were then carried in a March, 1983 rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. “Crows” can be seen at all four WDMs.

Collected in 1983
Diesel-Electric Locomotive

Built in 1956 by Montreal Locomotive Works for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Most of its working life was spent in the Swift Current, Saskatchewan yards. The locomotive is featured in the railway gallery at the Moose Jaw WDM.

Collected in 1983
Pocket Watch


Presented to Joel Reaman “by his many friends as a token of confidence and respect” in 1891. Reaman operated the first general store at York City, the original site of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, founded in 1882. The watch is on exhibit at the Yorkton WDM.




Collected in 1983
Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Elevator No. 889

Built in 1928 at Keatley, Saskatchewan, northeast of the Battlefords. A crew of 18 constructed the elevator in only three weeks at a cost of $14,000. It was moved to the North Battleford WDM in 1983.

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Collected in 1984
Miser’s Purse

Held coins which were inserted in the long slit and held in place by the ring. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this one was brought to the Rama, Saskatchewan district from England by Ada Piggin. It is on exhibit at the Yorkton WDM.

Collected in 1984
Television

Manufactured by Dominion Electrohome in Kitchener, Ontario. Clement Guillet bought this TV, the first in Domremy, Saskatchewan, in 1955. It is in storage at the WDM Curatorial Centre.

Collected in 1984
Souvenir Booklet


Features photographs of the destruction caused by the Regina tornado which tore through the city on June 30, 1912 killing 28 people. The original booklet is at the WDM Curatorial Centre. Copies of the cover are featured on the Saskatchewan 1905 - 2005 timelines at WDMs in Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Yorkton.

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Collected in 1984
Model Train

Built by Saskatoon blacksmith George Bates about 1930. It is a model of one of America’s first trains, the DeWitt Clinton of 1831. The model 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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