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Birdtail Country Museum launches website

This will make history and information 
of the area more accessible

The Birdtail Country Museum — the centennial project for Birtle Town and Rural Municipality opening May 1984 — now has a website. It was launched thanks to a grant from Manitoba Heritage and Culture, which also includes tech support from consultant, David McInnes, who was involved in getting the site up and running. “This website

Shawn Airey drives one of the Clack Museum cars (a 1924 Model 490 Coupe) in the Rivers Agricultural Fair Parade accompanied by Kate-Leigh Heapy. 

Keeping the pioneer dream alive

Dedicated volunteers keep the Clack Museum going

Clack Museum located in the RM of Oakview (formerly known as Blanshard Municipality) is kept open by a volunteer board. Tim Clack, who was born October 30, 1918, started the museum with his brother Doug, and Tim kept the museum running until his death in 2014. In 2006 Tim wrote his memoirs and with the


Shayne Campbell, executive director of the museum displays one of the flags received from Bishop Spence — a British Empire flag from a 1924 event in London, England. The flag has symbols of countries including India, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Argyle museum waves the flag – all 1,300 of them

Tiny rural museum’s flag collection is now second only to one in the National Capital Region. It received a generous donation earlier this winter

Every small-town museum hopes to flag down lots of visitors as tourist season starts. At Argyle, flags are now their main attraction. But they aren’t all flapping in the breeze this spring. Argyle’s Settlers Rails and Trails Museum has recently become home to the second-largest Canadian flag collection in the country, containing over 1,000 unique

There are nearly 200 museums in Manitoba and 75 per cent are small rural locations often housed inside heritage sites. The Sipiweske Museum in Wawanesa is in the original office building of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company built here in 1901.

Heritage Trust program rolled out to support small-town museums

The new program will provide $5 million over three years to create endowment funds within local community foundations for museums and archives across Manitoba

Small museums and archive sites across Manitoba begin a new year on a high note with the creation of a new endowment fund to help them along financially. Last month the provincial government rolled out its new Heritage Trust program which will provide $5 million over three years to create endowment funds within local community

Star Mound School with pioneer dedication monument.

Celebrate Canada’s past — visit Star Mound School

Located in south-central Manitoba the school is one of the oldest remaining of its kind

Recently, my husband and I visited Star Mound School in the south-central part of Manitoba, which now operates as a museum. It is located northwest from the village of Snowflake (GPS co-ordinates N49.05975 and W98.72491). Also called Nebogwawin Butte and Merry Dance Hill, Star Mound is thought to be a glacial moraine from the time


We’ll never be sure what occasion afforded these pioneers with the opportunity to have a brief break and socialize.

When the week’s work is done

A chance to pause and rest was a rare thing for the region’s early pioneers

In the Black family photo collection at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum, there is one of some of the family members gathered around a Ford Model T car, sitting on the running board or on the grass, relaxing and chatting. The week’s work is all done as most of the people in the photo are well

The St. Malo museum closed it's doors forever this spring, after the making of the film.  The collections will be dispersed back to donors this month.

‘The End of Our Memories’ shows the challenges of small-town museums

Gimli-based filmmakers Andy Blicq’s and Huw Eirung’s half-hour documentary interviews 
volunteer proprietors of small-town museums about their struggles and successes

A new film depicting the plight of small-town museums is a cautionary tale of what rural communities will lose if they’re closed, say museum advocates. These aren’t merely collections of curios, tools, books and other things donated by local pioneer families, says Monique Brandt, executive director of the Association of Manitoba Museums. They’re tangible connections

One of many students working at Manitoba museums for the summer is Canadian Mennonite University student Emily Wiebe, 21. This is her third year working at the Dufferin Historical Museum in Carman as its administrator. It’s a job with good hours and better wages than most jobs available rurally, says Wiebe. It has its perks too; she has permission to wear one of the museum’s 1890s wedding dresses for her engagement photo later this year.

Life lessons learned at the museum

A short compendium of important knowledge gleaned while working at the province’s museums

Many students work for the summer at one of nearly 170 museums throughout Manitoba. They learn important life skills and workplace management skills on the job. Pam McKenzie, program director and library and archives head at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg, has worked with many of these summer students. In 2013


Hillcrest Museum, located next to Souris’s famous swinging bridge, resides in a stunning stone and brick 1910 building built on the banks of the Souris River and showcases 
a huge variety of local, municipal, military, school and family histories. Souris is home to three museums including ‘The Plum Heritage Church museum dating to 1883 and 
the Souris railway museum.

Who visits small-town museums?

What is the reason for your visit? Two-year BU study takes a look at traffic through small-town museums

Two thousand people passed through the doors of the 1910 castle-like Hillcrest Museum in Souris this summer. That’s a lot visitors for a museum its size, says Keven Bowie, treasurer at the museum. “We were quite amazed at the traffic,” he said. “We were only open during July and August, mainly.” Hillcrest is strategically located

People can now view old photos that have been digitalized through the archive program.  PHOTO: DARRELL NESBITT

Strathclair Museum goes digital

Computerized system used to showcase 
historical value of an artifact

The Strathclair Museum Association was established in 1974 by a group of citizens who felt it was important to preserve items related to the history of Strathclair and surrounding communities. Five years ago the museum board started a project to upgrade the records to a computerized system specifically designed for small museums and archives. “The