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2022 Virtual Heritage Festival

Welcome to the WDM’s virtual exhibitor booth for the 2022 Heritage Festival of Saskatoon.

The theme of this years’ festival is Our Changing Times. 

We hope you enjoy our exhibitor booth!

Dr. Alfred Shadd Virtual Exhibit

Photo of Dr. Shadd memorial blankets in the Melfort and District Museum

The Western Development Museum, in partnership with the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. (SACHM) and the Melfort & District Museum has launched a virtual exhibit on Dr. Alfred Shadd, the first person of African ancestry known to settle in what is now Saskatchewan.

Coming to the Northwest Territories from Ontario to teach, he later returned with a medical degree and established himself as a pillar of the Melfort and Kinistino (formerly Carrot River Settlement) communities. Though he faced discrimination at first upon his arrival in the Northwest Territories, the community quickly grew to accept him and he became an important and well-respected figure in the communities of Carrot River Settlement and Melfort.

To learn about aspects of Dr. Shadd’s life including his contributions to medicine, agriculture, education and politics CLICK HERE.


Spanish Flu In Saskatchewan: 1918-19 A Virtual Exhibit Based On The Spanish Flu Exhibit At The WDM Saskatoon

The history of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19 is more relevant today, more than 100 years later, than perhaps any time since. We invite you to explore this online gallery featuring history, artifacts and sound clips of Saskatchewan stories during the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic.

CLICK HERE to learn more.


Behind the Scenes in the WDM Exhibits Department

Go behind the scenes with Exhibits Manager Diana Savage as she talks about the process of creating an exhibit at the WDM.


Exploring Recipes from the WDM Collection

Today, if you want to learn how to cook something new, you’ll probably turn to a recipe either online or in a cookbook. Food – cooking, sharing and eating it – can foster a sense of community and belonging. This video series is a celebration of cooking and how it connects us.

CLICK HERE to watch the all videos in the series.


At Home Activities

We have developed some activities for children to do at home – colouring sheets, connect the dots, and crafts!

CLICK HERE to visit the At Home Activities page.



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