Volunteers assist with many activities throughout the Museum. Activities can range from hands-on work with equipment or doing crafts to interacting with the visitors at school and public events. Volunteer participation is up to you….some volunteers help us on a weekly basis while others assist us when needed throughout the year.
The WDM Saskatoon volunteer program includes volunteers who are part of specific volunteer groups as well as those who are Individual volunteers. You do not need to be part of a volunteer group to volunteer at the WDM Saskatoon.
Due to the Covid-19 virus, the WDM is not accepting new volunteers until further notice.
Volunteering at WDM Saskatoon
If you have questions about volunteering, contact:
Benefits of Volunteering at WDM Saskatoon
- Meet new people
- Learn and develop skills
- Help keep history alive
- Free admission to all WDM locations (with volunteer identification)
- Discounts on full priced items at WDM Gift Shops & WDM Saskatoon Boomtown Café
The Western Canadian Blacksmith’s Guild – Saskatchewan Chapter is a group of learned blacksmiths who offer demonstrations on Sunday afternoons year round. Summer finds them in the outdoor shop while winter brings them indoors to the Boomtown Shop. This group not only explains the elements of the craft but also creates and sells their wares to interested visitors.
You may become a blacksmith by attending an Introduction to Blacksmithing course at the WDM Corporate Office.
Boomtown Volunteers Association
The Boomtown Volunteers Association (BVA) meet on the second Friday afternoon of each month. These men and women assist the Museum in a variety of ways from helping with carpentry and painting, guiding tours, interpreting for visitors, acting as Museum hosts on Sunday afternoons and caring for the volunteer library.
The telegraphers are a group who strive to keep Morse telegraphy alive. They have constructed telegraphy equipment which operates from the Boomtown station to the other end of Boomtown Street. Visitors enjoy sending a telegram at one end and having it communicated, by way of Morse code, to be retrieved at the other end. Onlookers can learn about the art and even try their hands at sending the dots and dashes. This group enjoys doing demonstrations with school groups and in sharing their art with Museum visitors on Wednesdays in the summer.
Individual volunteers enjoy being part of the Museum volunteer family but do not necessarily fit into one of the group categories. The majority of these volunteers help as tour guides and interpreters while others assist with office duties and other activities.
Tours guides lead pre-booked groups of 5 to 7 people through the Museum galleries, including Boomtown.
Interpreters are volunteers who are in one of the Boomtown buildings or in a specific area of the Museum. They interpret and share information with visitors. Volunteers are asked to interpret for touring catered groups and throughout the summer. There is training information provided to volunteers who want to become guides or interpreters. Guide meetings are held occasionally throughout the year.
Pioneer Threshermen's Club
The Pioneer Threshermen’s Club (PTC) meets every Wednesday for their work bees. Their primary goal is to restore and repair machinery which is used in demonstrations during Pion-Era and our annual school Harvesting Demonstration. The club also cuts, stooks and hauls the sheaves for the threshing demonstrations. They have three general meetings a year preceded by a potluck supper for spouses and other volunteers. They also sponsor two flea markets a year to raise funds for various projects.
The Saskatoon Railroad Modellers are a small group who have a passion for trains both large and small. They help keep the small-scale model railroad displays working and occasionally set up larger scale exhibits in Museum galleries.
The WDM Singers consists of volunteers who enjoy singing. They can be found (or heard) in St. Peter’s Church on Boomtown Street throughout the year. They often share their talents and songs at seniors homes and special care homes during the week.
Women’s Auxiliary to the WDM
The Women’s Auxiliary (W.A.) hold meetings on the third Tuesday of every month. The purpose of this group is the preservation of old fashion crafts through demonstration. They are a group of women who offer ice cream and butter demonstrations upon request. They have crafting session on Tuesdays where they make crafts for sale in their Parlour on Boomtown Street. Pion-Era’s “Grandma’s Kitchen” is organized and staffed by members of the W.A.
Year Round at the WDM Saskatoon
Not only do volunteers assist the Museum in their respective group activities but they are “on call” for the numerous activities and events held year round.
Pion-Era is the Museum’s annual event held each July. This is a major undertaking which includes all volunteers and their assistance. Public programs/events such as Boo Town, Craft Fair, Heritage Fair and Summer Programming require additional help.
Guided tours, demonstrations, horse and wagon rides, and special hands-on school programs all depend on volunteer assistance.