Winning the Prairie Gamble
Celebrate 100 years of Saskatchewan! Check out a few highlights of this exhibit below.
100 Year Timeline
See artifacts, photos, and video representing the events and trends which shaped and affected Saskatchewan since 1905.
Did you know...in 1974, First Nations in Saskatchewan celebrated the 100th anniversary of Treaty 4 by hosting Canada’s first Indian Summer Games at the Coté Reserve near Kamsack?
"Born With a Drum"
exhibit is now open on the topic of “Education Among First Nations.”
This topic was suggested by Elders at a workshop organized by the
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC) and held at the WDM in
Saskatoon in June 2002. Based on this guidance from First Nations
Elders, SICC and WDM researchers developed a storyline upon which to
base the exhibit.
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Formation of a Province
introduction area dramatically sets the stage for 1905 by giving an
overview of the long and eventful story before provincehood.
A First Nations female mannequin from about 1850, a young Métis man from about 1870 tell the story with two other mannequins, an immigrant woman from 1890 and a politician in 1905. A mural in the introduction areas shows a pristine parkland view before European contact. Artifacts, photographs, dialogue and a specially-written song connect the years before contact to the year of provincehood.
Phoenix Log Hauler
of the first artifacts to catch a visitor’s eye in this exhibit is the
winter scene featuring an impressive Centiped Log Hauler, representing
the story of early logging practices. As one old logger said, “Half of
Saskatchewan is covered in trees, and I spent a good part of my life
cutting them down.”
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A hillside diorama tells two stories: forestry and living off the
land. On two sides of the diorama, early prospecting and the story of
oil and gas are told. Inside the diorama, in an underground cavern
atmosphere, the story of mining coal, potash, uranium and other products
in Saskatchewan is told.
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The Saskatchewan Theatre is an elegant, intimate and welcoming space
that invites visitors to view the province with new eyes.
Authentic early 20th century theatre seating for 15, complete with ornate cast iron supports, are complemented by heavy velvet draperies and a decorative closed beam ceiling.
Six vignettes set into the theatre walls feature dress-up clothing like cowboy and cowgirl outfits for children, or a night on the town for their parents.
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paraphernalia decorates the Centennial Room. Designed to celebrate
Artifact Feature: Carved Figurine by Harold Coombs
It is believed that when Imperial Oil Limited used a stork-like figure
to advertise its products in the 1950s, Maymont area artist Harold Coombs was inspired to carve an
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