Preeceville Museum closes for another season

The Preeceville and District Heritage Museum officially closed for the season with a pie and coffee event on September 13.

"Even though we are now closed to visitors, there is work going on," said Agnes Murrin, museum representative. "We have cleared out the Military Room for the sanding of the hardwood floors and painting. That room will be getting a face lift. Then there is the work of getting ready for winter. The clay oven gets wrapped and the many leaves need to get raked," she said.

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This year the museum had many artifacts donated but one that stood out was a Russian Samovar (used for making tea). "It is a lovely piece that was originally in the T.A. Holm family. (They were Danish). He was the creamery manager in Preeceville for many years. In 1950 Thorvald and his wife Agnes left Preeceville and moved to Flin Flon, Man. The Samovar went with them and was lovingly polished by Agnes. The Samovar was passed to daughter Karen Holm Johnson who eventually gave it to her daughter Sue Johnson who lives in Nova Scotia. This summer it was returned to Preeceville and we heard the story of this beautiful artifact. It has Russian writing on it and is date stamped beginning in 1893,” stated Murrin.

The museum's theme this year was Pioneer Women.

“We began the year with an open house (bread pudding), then a pancake breakfast in June and a chili/ clay oven bread day during Old Home Week. On the closing day we served homemade pie and coffee and it turned out to be a beautiful day,” stated Murrin.

"As in previous years we will be participating in Culture Days on September 27 so come out and see what we will be having this year. Please check out our Facebook page to see what else we are up to."

"We have a small but dedicated group of volunteers on the museum board but we are always looking for additional board members. We always need new ideas. Speaking of ideas, next year will be the 15th anniversary of your museum, and we are looking for ideas and input on how we should celebrate that milestone. Contact any of the board members and give us your ideas. Also the museum has copies of the Preeceville History Book Lines of the Past for sale. They make excellent Christmas gifts," she said.