Your Community, Your Museum
Mossbank & District Museum is fortunate to hold 100 years of our local history. It is Saskatchewan’s only Museum Blacksmith shop that still functions on the original site. The Ambroz House and Blacksmith are National Heritage Sites. We have created a reading room full of family and community histories. We display the legend of Old Wives Lake and the stories of the first settlers. We have the largest display of Bombing and Gunnery Schools from WWII in Canada. We are featured in Canada’s Virtual Museum and there is a Geo Cache on site. One of the best little museums in this province. We are grateful that beginning in 1987 the Museum Founders were wise enough to gather and preserve so much. We thank them.
Our visitation for 2015 is over 675 guests so far. Thanks to grants received we had 3 summer students July and August. Isaac Tamlin, Halle Baker and Jordon Anderson worked with the board and did everything from touring guests and artifact display, to painting and yard maintenance. Here are some of our events:
*April Blacksmith Seminar presented by volunteer Don Fox with another scheduled for October 2,3 & 4.
*Small Group Tours by Don Smith that include guided drives to the Bird Sanctuary on Old Wives Lake.
*Annual Flag Raising July 1 with honour guard from the RCMP and 15 Wing Moose Jaw. More than 120 people came to celebrate the flag’s birthday, eat Birthday Cake, and tour the Black Smith Shop.
*2015 Centennial July 31, August 1 & 2 began with coffee at the museum on Friday. Saturday the parade entry featured working artifacts from our displays. Mike Fedyk presented a lot of our history at the community hall. Guests visited in the yard and buildings while enjoying old fashioned ice cream floats. We held 2 days of blacksmith demonstrations.
*Annual Apple Pie Day (always the last Wednesday in August) began as a local social to celebrate the Apple Tree that grows by the Frank and Mary Ambroz Home. Now so popular it is held in the Community Hall because we ran out of space. 250 – 300 people attended this year.
*Fund Raising Raffle was a much sought after Saskatchewan Roughrider Jersey and was sold out by end of August.
*3rd Annual Rock-A-Thon, September 27, where supporters of the museum collect pledges, visit and take turns rocking, in a room full of rocking chairs, while being served tea and dainties.
How To Work With Your Museum
We invite you to take an active roll with the Museum. How?
Research, clean, repair, display artifacts, dictate or write the interesting stories that are our past, you can decide what you like to do. We need people that are interested in local history. We need a few more people at the board table, or an occasional handy man, gardener, mechanic, blacksmith, roofer, painter, greeter, pie baker and demonstrator of vanishing skills. We need people interested in sharing some of their time keeping this little museum currant and viable.
Yes, to do all this, we will need money. While doing your tax or estate planning please consider the museum.
Memorials for loved ones, and family groups, who were part of our communities. Through financial pledges and gifts you can become a
Friend, Patron or Sponsor of the Museum. We can write income tax deduction, charitable donation receipts for those categories.
We recently received some spontaneous donations marked “Roof Repair” as our Heritage Buildings are in need of some work. That will be a project coming soon.
During the off season the board will still be busy planning for next year. We meet once a month to share ideas. We will be available to discuss your plans for family Memorials, or donations of artifacts that meet our mandate (we have a wish list to supplement displays).
During the off season: Reach them on line firstname.lastname@example.org
Mossbank Museum 1-306-354-2811
517 Main Street, P.O. Box 172,
Mossbank, Sk., Canada, S0H 3G0.
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