| November/December 1967

Courtesy Western Development Museum Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Gordon Wilson, Manager George Shepherd, Curator.

Canada celebrates its one hundredth birthday during the year 1967 and the three Western Development Museum branches are already becoming hives of activity in preparation for Centennial year. The City of Saskatoon celebrated its 60th, anniversary as a city in 1966 and the Museum was pleased to be able to add its share to the festivities during 1966. Situated on each side of the South Saskatchewan River it is known as The City of Bridges. The province was still in the homesteading stage sixty years ago.

This year from the middle of June right through until the first week of September the Western Development Museum will have a traveling exhibit touring the province of Saskatchewan. The months of July and August are booked up solid for the one day stands. This Museum will be featuring this activity as one of its many contributions to Canada's Centennial Year. The exhibit will consist of about one hundred items ranging all the way from a 1912 steam tractor to ancient autos, early farm implements and household items.

The smaller displays will be housed in a large marquee tent suitably decorated with a Centennial Motif.

On Dominion Day of July first 1966 a giant radio hook up linked all of Canada's eleven provinces and territories. Each province was allowed eight minutes, to the split second, and the broadcast moved across Canada in a most impressive manner. The Western Development Museum at Saskatoon was given the exclusive honor of representing Saskatchewan for the entire eight minutes. As readers of the Iron Men might well surmise the broadcast, originating, right from the Museum grounds, started off with a couple of long toots from a steam engine. This sound, so familiar to old timers, was heard clear across Canada. A running commentary was made by the Museum staff.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television people desired the recreation of an old time threshing scene as part of their Centennial cross Canada program and again the Museum was called on for help. A farmer eight miles out of the city was found who had harvested 190 acres of wheat with a power binder. A 60 year old Buffalo Pitts wooden body separator was brought out of retirement at the Museum along with a 25 - 75 Case steamer. A setting was provided making a perfect replica of harvesting with the old time threshing crew, even to the separator man with his long spouted oil can. It takes days of preparation to make a film that will only run for about twenty minutes.


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