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Winning the Prairie Gamble


Celebrate 100 years of Saskatchewan! Check out a few highlights of this exhibit below.

Meet the Worthys

Follow the Worthy family through 100 years of Saskatchewan historyThis 21,000 square foot exhibit traces a representative family’s journey through 100 years, from arrival at the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Visitors can follow the family’s generations as each of them face the challenges of farming in Saskatchewan.

360 Virtual TourClick the image below for a 360° view of the start of their journey and 'machinery row':

Virtual tour of the beginning of Saskatoon WDM Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit

Colonist Car

Ride along with the Worthy family as they travel on a train to Saskatchewan in 1905.

What was it like to step off the train carrying your worldly belongings in a few small trunks, your children clutching tightly to your skirts? Will your husband be there to meet you as he promised? You’re exhausted after a two thousand mile train trip. How long will it take to go the fifteen miles to the homestead? What will it be like? A thousand questions tumble about in your brain as you step onto the station platform.

Meeting the Neighbours

Log cabin, First Nations woman drying fish on a rackAs the first settlers were arriving on the prairies, First Nations people were moving onto reserves and learning to farm. The Aboriginal people knew the land and its many moods - rainfall and frost, hail and drought - and they shared this knowledge with the newcomers.

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Sod House

Sod house at the Saskatoon WDMVisit the Worthy's first home. The season is early summer. It is the first summer on the homestead for the farm wife and the children, the second for the husband.



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Fun House

Fun HouseMany families like the Worthys saw prosperity in the 1920s. Tag along as they go to the town fair. There’ll be lots to see–new machinery, the fun house for the children and baking, handwork and garden displays.

Eaton's Catalogue House

See the brand new package house the Worthys ordered from the Eaton’s Catalogue in the 1920s. Ordering a house through the catalogue ... Nonsense! It wasn’t nonsense in the early years of the 20th century. Mail-order house packages from T. Eaton and several other companies were a good option for those farm families who lived miles away from the nearest lumber yard.

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Bennett Buggy

Face the challenge of surviving the “Dirty Thirties.”

Bennett Buggy on display

That new car you bought a few years back? Well, you took the motor out because there was no money for gas–when you want to go somewhere, you just hitch up Betsy and Bob and off you go. Bennett buggies, they call them. Try it out with our interactive exhibit.

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Rural Electrification

What did electricity mean to rural Saskatchewan? No more messy lamps and smelly coal oil! See a pre-electricity kitchen transform before your eyes into a kitchen with all the latest conveniences of the 1950s.

360 Virtual TourClick the image below for a 360° look at this section of the exhibit.

Virtual tour of Saskatoon WDM Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit

1950s and Beyond

Through multi-media presentations, the exhibit explores the technological and scientific revolution and its impact on the farm.

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