WDM is preparing for a busy autumn season with several events

The Western Development Museum’s Virtual Coffee Club returns with another excellent lineup of educational topics, while a volunteer blitz takes place in early September.

The Western Development Museum is gearing up for a busy fall season, from the return of its Virtual Coffee Club gatherings to a blitz of volunteers in early September.

Celebrating Seniors

The organization is celebrate seniors all september by organizing many activities to honor the elderly in the community. Museum visitors can pick up an activity booklet, participate in a temporary treasure hunt and watch National Film Board (NFB) films on seniors and intergenerational learning.

NFB films will be screened on repeat throughout the month at the 100 Years of Saskatchewan History Theatre. Some films include “Granny and Mia”, “With Grandma”, “Ludovic – Visiting Grandpa” and several Aboriginal themed films.

Cabinet of curiosities

Meanwhile, the WDM will lead a Cabinet of Curiosities workshop Sunday, September 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can learn about the quirks of cabinets and how they spark wonders about the world while making connections to modern museums.

Participants will hear about the importance of everyday objects and their connection to human knowledge and history. They will also learn what collecting artifacts entails, why WDM collects, and how it categorizes, rearranges, and classifies objects within the museum.

Participants can also study their own “artifacts” and learn how to create a portable museum.

Recruitment of volunteers

WDM is organization of a Volunteer Blitz recruitment day Saturday, September 17, from 2 p.m. Residents are encouraged to volunteer and share their knowledge and experience in roles such as Artifact Preservation/Restoration, Special Events and Heritage Demonstrations, Gallery Ambassadors, Steam Program and Helper Office.

Benefits of volunteering at WDM include meeting new people, learning and developing skills, helping to keep history alive, free admission to all WDM locations – with a volunteer ID card and receiving discounts on full-priced items at WDM gift shops and the Saskatoon Boomtown Café.

Anyone interested should contact Karla Rasmussen, Education/Public Programs Coordinator, at 306-693-5989 or email [email protected].

Refreshments will be provided after the meeting.

virtual coffee club

WDM’s Virtual Coffee Club returns with another educational lineup of topics and speakers. The fall and early winter program includes:

  • Tuesday, September 20: Prairie Cooperation
  • Thursday, October 13: The Great Depression
  • Tuesday, October 25: Spirit and Intent of Treaties 1-7, with guest speaker Dr. Sheldon Krasowski, Director of Research and Archives, Office of the Treaty Commissioner
  • Tuesday, November 15: Wapaha Sk̄a Oyate: Living Our Culture, Sharing our Community at Pion-Era, 1955–69, with guest speaker Dr. Elizabeth Scott, WDM curator
  • Tuesday, December 20: Holiday Traditions

Visit wdm.ca/coffeeclub for more information on these topics and to register; Coffee Club gatherings take place on Zoom.

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