Agriculture at the WDM
More than 65 years ago, the Western Development Museum was envisioned as
a place to honour the role of farmers and settlers in the Canadian West.
Today, the WDM takes a broad look at the province, but continues to
collect and showcase the important place of agriculture in modern
The WDM is the first museum in Canada to sign the partnership agreement with Agriculture More Than Ever.
Below are few of the agriculture related exhibits at our four Museum locations.
North Battleford WDM
The WDM has preserved an
original prairie grain elevator at the North Battleford WDM. Built
in the town of Keatley in 1928, in 1983 the elevator was moved from 60
km northeast of North Battleford to the Museum village.
Indoors, check our Auction Era exhibit
and mural highlighting the role of the
auction sale in rural life.
Winning the Prairie Gamble: Farm Life in Saskatchewan, an exhibit in the
Saskatoon WDM, showcases one
hundred years of farming, from 1905 to 2005. Not forgotten, rapid
changes in farming since the 1950s can be traced in the exhibit,
Another gallery in the Saskatoon WDM celebrates the evolution of farming through an impressive look at changing machines and equipment.
The Agricultural Hall of Fame,, honouring Saskatchewan farm movers-and-shakers is located at the Saskatoon WDM.
At the Yorkton WDM, the challenges of early farm years are evocatively revealed in a log house built in 1899 by homesteaders from Ukraine.
pole sheds house tractors and agricultural implements, including
a six-cylinder Twin City 60-90 HP gas
tractor, built by Minneapolis Steel & Machine Company in 1916 and a c. 1900 windmill built by Ontario Wind Engine and Pump Company Limited of Toronto, Ontario.
Moose Jaw WDM
The Moose Jaw WDM shows the
hardships of travel in early Saskatchewan. Getting grain to market
was a challenge then, as now.
Students and teachers are invited to delve into a wealth of information.
All WDMs offer
discovery boxes about agriculture in Saskatchewan, First
Nations farming and Métis farming.
“That was my favourite part of the day!”
Through the WDM Library online catalogue, researchers can find papers written by WDM authors on various topics related to agriculture in Saskatchewan.
Podcast hosted by Real Agriculture - 2015
This 2015 podcast explores the role Canadian agriculture played in World War I and World War II, with an emphasis on prairie agriculture, and how farms were impacted by conscription, rations and a drive to produce.
The voices you’ll hear are those of your host, Debra Murphy; historian and assistant professor, Eric Strikwerda; and CEO of the Western Development Museum, Joan Champ.
Artifacts from the WDM Collection