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When the Lights Came On – Rural Electrification in Saskatchewan

Wood burning stove with kettle, pot, and frying pan on top

Students will explore what farm life was like before the rural electrification program brought power to Saskatchewan's farms in the 1950s.


Grade 3 | Grade 4


Moose Jaw | North Battleford | Saskatoon | Yorkton


Social Studies

Program Cost

$3 per student



Program Type

Teacher Led Program led by a teacher, with guidance from Museum staff.


Students will explore what farm life was like before the rural electrification program brought power to Saskatchewan’s farms in the 1950s. The effects of electricity on the lives of farm families and surrounding communities will be considered through hands-on interaction with artifacts in the in-museum Discovery Box program and through stories and writing assignments contained in the in-classroom lesson plans.

In-Museum Rural Electrification in Saskatchewan Discovery Box Program

This teacher-led Discovery Box contains artifacts that represent pre and post-electricity life in rural Saskatchewan.

In-Classroom Lesson Plans and Resources

Three complete in-classroom lesson plans (with material lists, Saskatchewan ‘Fast Facts’, and additional resources) available FREE in school libraries as part of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers resources book and online.

Download Rural Electrification in Saskatchewan Lesson Plans in English (PDF).

Curriculum Connections

Grade 3: Social Studies IN3.1; DR3.2; RW3.3
Grade 4: Social Studies RW4.1; RW4.3

Historical Thinking Concept: Continuity and ChangeHistorical Perspectives

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Moose Jaw

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North Battleford

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Museum Manners & Program Rules

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Rural Electrification in Saskatchewan During the 1950s – Research Paper by Joan Champ (WDM)


Electrified Appliances, circa 1955

Ad for television Ad for electric train set Ad for electric stove
Ad for electric saw Ad for electric food mixer Ad for electric iron Ad for refrigerator
Ad for upright freezer Ad for cream separator Ad for electric curling iron

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