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Busy summer leads into active fall for Wilkie museum

Wilkie Museum updates the community on summer activity and fall plans

WILKIE - Wilkie Museum had a busy summer and is now lining up some activity for fall and winter.

We hired a summer student, Daphne Hoey, who helped us with a lot of cleaning and moving of artifacts into our c-can.

We also hosted three motorcycle rallies complete with supper and 50/50 draws.

The largest project this summer was a new face on the old caboose. Fab-All was contacted to fix the rust spots. Board members and student banded together to give the caboose a new coat of paint. This was made possible by the generous donation of all the paint by the local Wilkie Delta Co-op through their “Communities in Colour” program.

Repairs on the main building – the old fire hall – continue. With a little luck COVID-19 will not affect our opening next spring.

The Wilkie Museum is planning a Halloween movie for Oct. 30. The evening will start with a barbecue at the old St. George gym, a pumpkin-carving contest followed by a family Halloween movie in the gym. Bring your own pumpkin for carving and lawn chairs for the movie. Information and times will be posted. There will be popcorn and a canteen in the gym.

The old fire hall is getting some much-needed structural repair and that will continue into the fall. There are plans to move the office to the Ed Elder building from the fire hall.

The museum is removing all our artifacts from the old Ramsey building as it has become unsafe. All items will be stored in our c-can until they can find a new home.

We have an active board. They have been present at all our fundraisers. The board consists of Gabe Schwab (chairperson) Laura Heilman (vice-chair/financial) Mary Ellen Herzog (vice-chair/secretary) Gary Neigum, Imre Pallagi, Linda Clark, Karen Clark, Judy Featherling, Bev Barth, John Heilman and newly added members are Samantha Clark and Al Gill. Town representative is Helen Urlacher.

Financial assistance is always welcome as the Wilkie Museum survives alone on federal and provincial grants and donations from the general public and businesses. We thank you for your patronage. The museum truly appreciates any and all help, be it financial or volunteer.