About the Museum

The Clayton McLain Memorial Museum (CMMM) was established in 1971 when monies were raised by the communities surrounding Cut Knife, SK to help Clayton McLain's widow, Elizabeth, house Clayton's collection.

Clayton McLain was a local farmer who grew up close to the Sweet Grass, Poundmaker and Little Pine reserves. He was always interested in the history of the area and this led him to collect stories and artifacts. He often showed this collection at various events and he dreamed of establishing a museum. He died of cancer in 1968.

The museum has grown over the years from the single Ovenstown School that housed Clayton's Collection. The community has donated many other items and they are displayed in 13 heritage and other buildings. As well the community erected the World's Largest Tomahawk, built a campground, and a trout pond - all within a beautiful park setting and including the museum.

The museum has an extensive archives as well. This is housed several blocks from the park in our MAAC. (Museum Administration and Archives Center)

CMMM is a non profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Trustees and generously supported by the community and Sask Culture.