April 25, 2013 - WDM Volunteers - We couldn't do it without them! (PDF)
The Western Development Museum has just released our statistics for the
volunteer hours that have been donated by our very dedicated volunteer core
in 2012. 60,727 hours of volunteer service were donated to the four WDM
locations in the province, Moose Jaw,
North Battleford, Saskatoon, Yorkton and the Curatorial Centre.
Volunteers are an integral work force that helps deliver programs to our visitors…everything from Vintage aircraft restoration, quilting, telegraphing, rope making, tour guides, and steam tractor operators to Xmas crafts. These dedicated folks bring the Museum to life with their energy, years of experience and stories.
Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 91 years of age, Hats off to their incredible commitment to the WDM, helping make us a living and vibrant Museum!
For further information contact:
Director of Marketing
(306) 934 - 1400
The Western Development Museum is proud to announce a concert by
Saskatoon-based country-rock band WYATT as they launch their second studio
album Should’a Been Here Last Night! featuring the single, “Jesse
James.” The music video for “Jesse James”
was filmed at the Saskatoon WDM.
This concert – the first in the WDM’s Front Porch Series – will be an exciting fundraising event to be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 on Boomtown Street at the Saskatoon WDM.
Funds will support the delivery of public programming events at all four WDM locations at Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon and Yorkton.
In addition to the live entertainment, the evening’s festivities will include a short presentation about the WDM, a silent auction, door prize draws, a concession and cash bar.
This will be the first chance to hear songs off WYATT’s upcoming album and to pre-order a copy. Partial proceeds of album sales will be donated to the WDM.
“We hope people can come out, support the Museum, and share in the fun with this award-wining Saskatoon band,” said Joan Champ, Executive Director of the WDM. “You won’t want people saying, ‘You shoulda been there last night!’ ”
The Front Porch Series featuring WYATT
Friday, May 10, 2013
Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. – Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 (plus service charges and taxes) in advance;
$30 at the door
Tickets now available!
For more information:
Western Development Museum
MEDIA RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
The Western Development Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery present Love
an exhibition by contemporary Canadian artist Kim Adams
Saskatoon — The Western Development Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery are delighted to announce a collaborative exhibition, Kim Adams: Love Birds, opening to the public Friday, April 12 at the Western Development Museum. The exhibition of the dynamic, two-part contemporary sculpture continues until September 2.
BMO Financial Group announced the gift of the sculpture to the Mendel Art Gallery Monday, April 8, at a reception in Saskatoon celebrating the company’s annual meeting in the city. The gift represents a significant contribution to the Mendel’s collection of contemporary art. The artwork, valued at $175,000, increases the total value of the Mendel’s permanent collection to $35.7 million.
“We are thrilled with the donation of this important work,” said Angela Larson, Acting Executive Director & CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery. “Kim Adams is considered one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors, and this is the first of his works the Mendel has had the opportunity to acquire.
“We are very proud to partner with the Western Development Museum in this exhibition,” Larson said. “This is the first time our two institutions have collaborated, and it’s such a fitting installation for the WDM, given the materials Kim Adams uses in his work.” “The Western Development Museum is truly excited about this partnership with the Mendel Art Gallery,” said Joan Champ, Executive Director of the Museum. “I think WDM visitors will be quite delighted by Kim Adams’ assemblage. It has a bit of a fun-house feel and actually juxtaposes quite well with WDM exhibits.”
“This is an opportunity to feature the work of an artist who considers later 19th- and early 20thcentury technologies in his work,” said Lisa Baldissera, Chief Curator, Mendel Art Gallery. “The context of the WDM’s dioramic displays speaks to the social conditions of objects, and Adams’ work continues the conversation through a surprising reconfiguring of materials.”
Love Birds playfully re-imagines everyday materials, like many of the items that can be found in the collection of the Western Development Museum. Adams uses farm machinery, grain silos, automobile parts, toys and model train parts to create fictional worlds and imaginary landscapes. His work examines the implications of technology, and the divide between life and art. He questions ideas of utility and mobility, and our relationship to our environment, domesticity, and the social world.
Adams was born in Edmonton in 1951. His highly original body of work in sculpture and installation has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally since the late 1970s.
The Western Development Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery are holding a public reception to celebrate the exhibition Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to this event is free, but regular admission to the museum applies through the duration of the exhibition.
For further information, and high-res images of the Kim Adams sculpture,
Western Development Museum
Mendel Art Gallery
April 9, 2013 - Dinosaur Spotted at the WDM! (PDF)
DINOSAUR SPOTTED AT THE WDM!
Scotty is Saskatchewan’s one and only Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Scotty arrives at the Moose Jaw Western Development Museum branch on April 12, at 1:30 p.m. and will be visiting for six months.
Scotty was found in the Frenchman River Valley, southeast of Eastend, in 1991. Excavation work began in 1994 and was completed in 2003, under the direction of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina. Approximately 65% of this T.rex’s skeleton
Step into Scotty’s world and see a full-sized replica of this dinosaur’s skull. It’s of average size---for a T.rex---1.33 meters (4.5 feet) long. Its mouth contains 50 teeth, the largest 30 cm. (1 foot long). The teeth were designed for grabbing, stabbing and crushing prey. The T.rex was the largest meat eating dinosaur; it ate other animals. Scotty had a small brain, 17 cm (7 inches) long, but its olfactory bulbs and tract, suitable for smelling, Were 20 cm (8 inches long). The dinosaur would sniff out rotting carcasses of other animals from far away. For this reason it is thought that T.rex was more of a scavenger than a hunter. We do not know whether this was a male or female.
Scotty’s skull was found in many pieces scattered over the discovery site. Each piece had to be excavated and cleaned. The missing pieces were reconstructed.
Scotty is on loan to the WDM from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Please attend the opening:
Friday, April 12, 2013
Moose Jaw Western Development Museum
50 Diefenbaker Drive
For further information please call:
Kathy Fitton, Manager
Moose Jaw WDM
March 19, 2013 - WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM TO REOPEN MONDAYS (PDF)
Effective April 1, 2013, the Western Development Museum’s (WDM) four exhibit locations in Moose Jaw, North bruary and March.
Last spring, the WDM announced that it would close Mondays in an effort to maintain a balanced budget. This cost-savings measure, along with several other initiatives, succeeded in addressing the Museum’s budget shortfall. As of the end of this fiscal year (March 31st), the WDM will have managed to absorb costs associated with inflation and eliminate its deficit.
“Because we’ve cut our expenditures, we’re no longer facing a deficit,” said Joan Champ, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Our organization will be in the black at the end of this fiscal year.”
The WDM recently conducted a thorough analysis of the impact that the Monday closures had on its operations since last spring. The Museum concluded that, while it saved money by closing Mondays,
it probably also missed out on revenue from admissions, gift shop sales and food services. Museum management has no way of knowing whether or not visitors who would have come on Mondays
came on another day of the week instead.
“We made the decision to reopen Mondays based on the best interests of both
the WDM and its visitors – especially school children,” said Champ. “The
balance between what the Museum saved by cutting its hours of operation and
what it potentially lost in revenue is close to 50/50. In the end, we
decided that maintaining a high standard of programming and services for our
visitors is most
In the coming fiscal year (2013-2014), the WDM will continue to address its budgetary constraints through a variety of measures outlined in its new business plan. These will include cost-saving
measures, as well as several new initiatives designed to increase the Museum’s self-generated revenue.
“The Museum is grateful for the support that people continue to demonstrate by coming through our doors,” Champ said. “Every admission counts towards keeping the WDM vibrant and healthy.”
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For further information:
Joan Champ, Executive Director
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March 12, 2013 - Saskatoon WDM Recognized by National Magazine (PDF)
SASKATOON WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM
RECOGNIZED BY NATIONAL MAGAZINE
The Saskatoon Western Development Museum is the recipient of three 2013
Reader’s Choice Awards from RVwest Magazine. RVwest is a magazine dedicated
to those who
love the RV lifestyle and is primarily focused on Western Canada and the
RVwest reached over 800,000 people through the magazine, website and
The Saskatoon Western Development Museum has been awarded the highest honour, the Platinum Reader’s Choice Award in the following categories: Favorite Saskatchewan Attraction, Favorite Overall Saskatchewan RV Destination and Favorite Saskatchewan Historical Site. The Reader’s Choice winners have been chosen by the readers, representing RVers' favourite places, attractions and other RV-related topics.
“These are fantastic awards to win and, coming from our visitors, a great honour.” says Jason B. Wall, Manager of the Saskatoon Branch. “Knowing we were voted for these awards by people who visited the museum is a wonderful feeling. It speaks volumes about the staff and volunteers who work very hard to ensure our visitors have a memorable experience.”
For information on RVwest, visit www.rvwest.com
For information on the Western Development Museum, please visit www.wdm.ca
For more information:
Jason B. Wall
Ph: (306) 931-1910
Director of Marketing
Ph: (306) 934-1400 "An insider's insight into Saskatchewan's best,"
by Kristen Mitchell, February 2013
"The series of Western Development museums in Saskatoon, North Battleford, Moose Jaw and Yorkton are recommended for their memories of pioneer days—each is located near an RV park."
October 18, 2012 - “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” Book Launch at North Battleford WDM (PDF)
October 12, 2012 -"You Are Not Alone" Book Launch at Moose Jaw WDM (PDF)
October 12, 2012 -
1916’s Answer for
Today’s Gas Prices (PDF)br />
1. Two Days for One admission is offered at Moose Jaw, North BattlSpecial Admission Promotions:
1. Two Days for One admission is offered at Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon and Yorkton WDMs.
2. An admission purchase will entitle the visitor to a 50% reduction for the same number and category of admissions to any one of the other three WDM branches. The offer is good for 30 days following the original admission.r discounted coupons.