Stettler Town and Country Museum to add new display

‘We are one of the luckier ones, because of our two events last year in October and December that helped us substantially’

By Sarah Baker BLACK PRESS NEWS MEDIA

The Stettler Town and Country Museum is preparing for opening in the summer with possible events and new artifacts.

Museum manager Karen Wahlund is hoping that the Province’s move back to step one in reopening doesn’t delay the Museum’s opening.

“Hopefully by June 1st, like we did in 2020. we’ll open.”

One of the new artifacts at the museum this year for people to see is a wedding dress.

“The gown is from the late 40’s and came from a family who live by Buffalo Lake.”

The Museum has also maintained blacksmith items and are trying to set up a working blacksmith area, said Wahlund.

“That’s in progress now with volunteers setting it up and it will be operating beside the building where there is the other blacksmith equipment.”

The blacksmith tools came from Erskine and can be dated back to approximately around 1910-1912.

“The area probably won’t be operating with special events, so if we are able to have events it probably won’t open until our July first celebration,” said Wahlund.

The Museum is also hoping to have its Farmer’s Day event.

“Usually Farmer’s Day takes place the second Friday and Saturday of June, but it depends on if we can have the event.”

Financially, the museum has been doing okay, said Wahlund.

“We are one of the luckier ones, because of our two events last year in October and December that helped us substantially.”

COVID-19 has not impacted them too badly, said Wahlund.

“If anything, COVID-19 has actually helped us be more creative on what we are doing.”

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