Thursday, July 29, 2010

Metal, Paper, Grass and Paint

Our summer staff always has a variety of tasks.
This year we hired two boys who are working with Lloyd. They are manufacturing metal wheelchair ramps.
One by one our museum buildings are becoming wheelchair accessible. No grants - it was too much trouble to attempt the application in which we may not be successful. Instead we have a dedicated volunteer who has researched and designed the ramps, found reasonably priced sturdy material and taught two young men how to weld. And they have produced very good ramps. 
The abundant rain has filled the campground and made the weeds and grass grow. It is a challenge to keep it tidy. Glad to have Bob back to help out with the mowing.
The girls are busy cleaning, making signage, painting and moving items to the Duvall house. The countdown is on to the grand opening on August 13th. Today we moved a cupboard and hutch that has resided in my mother-in-law's shop for several years where it awaited its new home in the Duvall House kitchen.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Through the Eyes of a Child

We had a group of Grade One and Kindergarten children tour our museum this spring. One of the popular artifacts was the typewriter.
They had absolutely no idea what it was. They could make the connection of the QUERTY keyboard and a computer keyboard. After that they had no clue. Once they realized that the keys could be pushed to produce a letter on the paper directly without pushing 'print', they were lining up to have a go at it.
Interesting how just a few years has relegated the once popular tool to obscurity.
The hands on activities were definitely a hit with this age group. Trying to think up other similar activities that are safe, educational, and relatively inexpensive to design is a challenge.
I'll think on it over the winter.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mother Nature Causes Museum Repairs

Hail has broken windows and the campground has been swamped (more than once) but this is minor as everything is beautiful and green. Saskatchewan is blooming from all the moisture this year.
We are working to have the Duvall House ready for the grand opening on August 13th. More about the event later.
The weekend saw an family reunion (Busch) and wedding photos in Tomahawk Park.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 1st Celebration

The sun shone on Tomahawk Park for Canada Heritage Day for another year.
It was a perfect day - weather wise! There was a good crowd. Hope everyone had a great time.
Entertainment by Back of the Bus in the evening was wonderful.
And of course the fireworks looked awesome over the waters of the pond.