Monday, June 25

Please Don't Rain, Please Don't Rain, Please Don't Rain

It seems that no matter what day we choose for our Strawberry Social, chances are it will rain. Does that sound familiar to anyone? Sometimes even if it isn't raining the grounds are so saturated that we have mud ruts everywhere. Other times we have moved the date only to get rain again. Sigh! One glorious year it poured then the sun came out an hour before our event. Hurrah!

Even though the national weather person predicted drought this year we have had lots of rain this June. It is necessary to always have a Plan B. One year we moved our event to the Legion, too small a space.

This year we set up the canopies on June 22. Our summer exhibit on softball in Cupar was set to go and then we waited to see. We continued to wait the morning of June 23 to see what the weather would do. Our event is scheduled to start at 2:00pm and at 12:30 the call or calls were made. Messages went out on social media and posters downtown quickly changed.

We moved to the recently renovated Town Hall. The band Blue Country was able to spread out nicely and they commented on how good the acoustics were. Our crowd of about 60 people may have been smaller than other years, but of course the weather is mainly to blame. Everyone had a great time, but of course we would have preferred to be outside in the warmth and sun. Sigh! Maybe next year.

Thursday, June 14


What a delight to attend the Museum Association conference in Humboldt this June.
The theme of the conference was “Authentic Storytelling for future Narratives”.
All workshops including the keynote speech centered around variations of storytelling sprinkled with concrete examples.
 I was also pleased that this was a
joint get together with MAS and 
Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society.
It is an obvious overlap but I did get to meet new people 
and re-new old friends.
I wish I could have attended all workshops, but I couldn't be in 3 places at the same time.

My favourite workshop was entitled “Story Shaping”
with Danica Lorer was simply inspiring and thought provoking.
Objects can assist in triggering stories, but other senses like sound taste
touch can come in to play.
Often when we hear a story we begin to recall our own story. Everyone
experiences a memory in a different way and all are valid.

We were all given a chance to choose an item from a table and develop a story
to share with a partner within a minute and if we chose later with the whole group.

 We all have stories no matter what our age. We need to share with each other.

 I am pleased I do not have to wait to share my stories until I am in a nursing home.

I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid of heights.

We all had a chance to take a a self directed tour of Humboldt museum, art gallery and
original Humboldt. Great to go at our own pace.

The water tower, what a beautiful 360 view of Humboldt and surrounding area. The view WOW.
Over 80 feet high. The interior spiral staircase has 143 steps up and of course down, way down.

I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid of heights. I'm afraid of heights.

I clung to the bannisters, I looked at my feet, at the stairs, I counted the stairs.
I did not look up. I did not look down.
I had no choice but to also make it down, really really worth the fear and anxiety.

     I'm afraid of heights. 

     I'm afraid of heights. 
     I'm afraid of heights. 

     I'm afraid of heights.

Sunday, February 4


1918: 100 years ago was the end of The First World War, The Great War, the war to end all wars.

The year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu (H1N1). A major flu pandemic which infected 500 million worldwide and killed an estimated 20 to 50 million people.

My own great grandfather, a dairy farmer, died from this flu. He was 60. It left my family in an economic and financial limbo that would take years to recover from.

Many families in the Cupar and area were dramatically affected.
Lloyd Keyser who served in WW1 died November 1918 of Pneumonia following the Influenza. He is buried in the cemetery in Cupar. His brother Earl also contacted the flu, but survived.

In October 1918 the first death was Mrs. Philip Weisbrod soon to follow Mr. Paul Hodel.
The Cupar Herald dated October 17 1918 gives more detail on efforts to contain the “disease”

On October 16 1918 the Lieutenant Governor gives a number of regulations for dealing with the Spanish Flu.

By October 24 1918 3 more deaths are announced in the north district

The Cupar Herald dated October 31 1918 announces all businesses to be closed to prevent the spread of the flu and named a number of people who had died.

The Cupar Herald dated November 7 1918 noted that many people were being inoculated against the flu.

 In the same issue Doctor Stuart advices people to remain home as the vaccine may give only some immunity against pneumonia and other complications.

The Cupar Herald dated November 21 1918 announces that an emergency hospital has been set up at the school.

The Cupar Herald December 5 1918 gives news of closing of the emergency hospital in Cupar.

 However this was not the end of flu deaths. The James Mainland family of the McDonald Hills area (Enid) had lost a son in the war. In January of 1919 according to The Cupar Herald: Mrs. Mainland and 3 children: Mary, Rose and John succumbed to the disease.

Thursday, October 19

Bart's photos

 As I said in a previous post this year's Harvest Lunch included a photo exhibit by local photographer
Bart Carroll. We had 92 people at the Harvest Lunch, and most of these people slowly filtered into the back room.

 We have exhibited Bart's work at the museum before but many people appear to have missed it. So you really can repeat some things. 


One of the helpful aspects of the exhibit was when people tried to identify a number of old house photographs that Bart took around the Cupar area.

Unfortunately Bart did not label the back of the photographs and the whereabouts of the master list is unknown. We were overjoyed that many of these photographs were actually identified and a new list is being created and the owners of the houses have been penciled on the back of the photographs.

Tuesday, October 3

Harvest Lunch and Culture Day

The Cupar and District Heritage Museum will be having their Harvest Lunch Saturday October 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Legion/Library. We will at the same time have our Culture Day exhibit in the Plus 50. This year it will be photos by the late Bart Carroll, (1927-2016) a long time resident of this community who taught at our local school. Photography was his passion and we are happy to share some of his work.

We will have sheets of paper in the Plus 50 if you wish to write down some memories
of Bart and his wife Betty. We will then keep these memories at the Cupar Museum.


Tuesday, September 12

Plus 50 Tour

Members of the Plus 50 Club in Cupar came out on September 8th to tour the Adrian Paton Photo Exhibit. The response was positive. The members also had the opportunity to check out other museum displays books and albums.  Although our museum does not really have space for travelling exhibits, this one was of a manageable size.

  No tour would be complete without coffee and goodies.

Monday, August 14

Adrian Paton Photo Exhibit

On Saturday August 12th our museum arranged to meet a fellow from the railway museum in Saskatoon.  The halfway point either Lanigan or Dafoe. Take Dafoe its only 113km from us as opposed to 150km.  And so 2 cylinder containers were loaded up.

Then on Sunday August 13th, 5 of us got together to put it up.  Warning: always read the instructions first and there is always something that seems obvious and isn't, which the manual doesn't tell you.

We are quite excited to have the exhibit as we thought we would not have room for any travelling exhibits, but this one is quite compact at 11ft long by 7ft high.

Our first official visitors will be from Shalom, the seniors home.  We are making arrangements for other groups to come.  We have the exhibit for one month.

Tuesday, August 1

Our Summer Student

Meet Colby our summer student for 2017. We have been keeping him busy with a variety of tasks.
He has learned to clean artifacts, catalogue and put them up for display or in storage. He has updated the labelling of storage units. He has been working on putting up donor cards. He has cleaned and repainted our workshop area. He repaired a bookcase from the Cupar Union Hospital and it is now full of books, how did that happen? He greets visitors and helps with senior tours. Of course he has his regular maintenance jobs of caring for the grounds and cleaning inside the museum. This really is just a sampling.

We will be hosting the Adrian Paton Photo Exhibit from August 14 to September 14. Colby has been busy making available a space and either moving artifacts or putting them into temporary storage.

We were donated a 1950's crank wound gramophone. Colby had a chance to check it out and play some music. Our Shalom residents really seem to enjoy the old time music on their visits. I found a record “Mighty Mouse.” Colby was confused because he had never heard of this cartoon character. I said google it.

Thursday, July 6

Canada 150

For the town of Cupar's Canada 150 Celebrations on July 1, the Cupar Museum held their annual Strawberry Social on the new deck.

We were once again delighted to be able to have Blue Country from Fort Qu'Appelle play old time music for us. As a child I remember my parents listening to Johnny Horton so their rendition brought back happy memories and I began to wonder if I had become an old timer. The band is always greatly in demand in smaller communities and so I feel a link to these other places.

The parade in the morning allowed the museum to show off their latest exhibit, a CPR baggage wagon filled with artifacts. The wagon will have a permanent space indoors at the museum. We will be labelling the artifacts and have accompanying stories about each artifact where possible.

Tuesday, July 4

Canada 50.

Now that things are settling down after the big Canada 150 celebrations and remembering the 100th
anniversary in 1967 as a young person, I began to wonder about the 50th jubilee. It was 1917 and the first world war had not yet ended. I only found one reference in the Cupar Herald dated June 28, 1917.
It appears to have been a much more somber occasion compared to other “Dominion Days “ celebrations through the early years.

Monday, June 12

Museum book donation to library

The Cupar and District Heritage Museum has donated 5 indigenous /metis books to the permanent collection of the Cupar Library. The museum is only open seasonally and so we felt the community would have better access if the books were held at the local library.

The books are:
Honouring the Buffalo A Plains Cree Legend. for children in English and Cree. By Judith Silverthorne.

Mixed Blessings: Indigenous Encounters with Christianity In Canada. By Tolly Bradford.

Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours). By Harold Johnson.

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir. By Joseph Auguste (Augie) Merasty
with David Carpenter.

Stories of the Road Allowance People. Translated and put on paper By Maria Campbell
paintngs By Sherry Farrell Racette.

Pictured with the books left to right.
Diane Dennis ( Library Board Chair), Anne Lucas ( Librarian), Elaine Pain (Museum Board Secretary),
Wes Bailey ( Museum Board Chair). Photo taken by Monna Kish.

Wednesday, June 7

A Man and His Tools

Wes Bailey is pictured here putting the finishing touches on our latest exhibit entitled A Man and His Tools. Even though my own father was a carpenter I did not recognize some of the tools so it is helpful to have them labelled. This exhibit has been one of Wes's winter projects and we all appreciate his committment.

A more extensive history of the Ferrier family can be found in the Cupar History book, a copy of which is available at the museum and the Cupar library.

Monday, June 5

New deck coming

We are getting a new low maintenance deck. The old one is way beyond repair.  

As the years pass and our volunteers age and the thought of our guests falling through or over the railing, it really was time. Pictured here is local contractor Cory Hart demolishing the deck. Volunteers Wes Bailey and Jim Adam are assisting.

Tuesday, May 23

Cupar Museum Events

Cupar and District Heritage Museum as part of the town of Cupar's Celebrate Canada 150 on July 1 will be holding their annual Strawberry Social that day 2pm to 4pm at the museum on their new deck. Cost is $5  The band Blue Country from Fort Qu'Appelle will be playing the always enjoyable old favourites.

The Paton Photo Exhibit from the Saskatchewan Folklore Society has been booked for the museum from August 14 to September 15. Make sure to come and check it out. If you come at a time when the museum appears not to be open a list of board member phone numbers are on the door, so give a call and one of us will be happy to open the doors.

On October 7 from 11am to 1pm we will be holding our Harvest Lunch at the Legion Hall.
Our Culture Days exhibit will also be held that day and same time in the Plus 50 Club adjoining the Legion Hall. We will be featuring a selection of Bart Carroll's photographs through the years of Cupar and area. Some are coming from private collections and others are from the museum's collection.

Friday, March 31

Sask Culture Grant

On behalf of the Cupar and District Heritage Museum Board I would like to thank Sask Culture for awarding us a Sask Culture Museum Grant for 2017-18. Our Board and our many volunteers have spent countless hours in meetings, assisting with programming, fundraising, communication, research, social events, and up keep of our building and grounds. These monies are greatly appreciated and will be well used.
We also realize that Sask Culture support is also assisted by Saskatchewan Lotteries. Thank you.