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Plans unfolding at the Unity & District Heritage Museum

Unity Museum prepares for annual general meeting and Family Fun Day.
A 1949 International Truck has been getting a makeover this winter by UDHM volunteers, including mechanical repairs and a few paint jobs.

UNITY — A new year has begun for the Unity & District Heritage Museum.

Members are hosting Family Fun Day Feb. 19. The day will include table games, hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee in the hall, with outdoor hockey, wagon rides and sledding on Wilson Hill. There is lots of yard space for other games and cross-country skiing as well. It is sure to be a free fun-filled day.

Raffle tickets are still available for the Pit Boss barbeque grill smoker combo. They are $10 per ticket and are available at the UDHM office, the weekly brunches, local businesses and members. The draw will be made April 28, which will be the last brunch of the season.

The annual general meeting will be held Feb. 21 at Adanac Hall at 7:30 p.m. Museum members are expected to attend and anyone who would like to become a member can also attend. This meeting will be discussing future events, plans for the grounds and reports on the year 2023. It was a busy year for the museum and they are looking forward to 2024.

Last year, the museum counted over 70 volunteers, spending nearly 5,000 hours working on a project or helping at an event. The UDHM would like to ask volunteers to watch for their invitations to come in early April for a special volunteer appreciation supper.

Canada Day is already being discussed and planned. Entertainment for July 1 will be under the tent. The committee is always looking for suggestions and service clubs or organizations that would like to participate as well. With a day full of fun free activities for all ages, the day cannot be a success without the volunteers.

“We have lost many of our volunteers due to age. We are on the lookout for people who are willing to sit at the buildings or drive some of the vehicles for a couple hours. If anyone is interested, please contact us,” said Chris Martin, office manager of the museum.

The summer season is fast approaching, which means the UDHM will be looking for summer workers soon. The grounds are open for tours from May to September. If you know a student that is interested in working, contact the museum.

With a wide variety of artifacts, the volunteers work hard to show how much they care for the items. That means upkeep and small repairs must be done. Some of the artifacts need extra attention, such as silver polishing, ironing, sewing and other improvements are always needed for the displays to look their best.

“We need younger folks to learn now while we have the teachers around. The Prairie Heritage Garage has been busy and the men have been working on various jobs. There is plenty more to do before spring,” said Martin.