Western Development Museum celebrates milestone anniversary

The Western Development Museum celebrates its 65th anniversary this Sunday.

Museum celebrates 65 years of operation

The Western Development Museum (WDM) has come a long way in 65 years.

Started in 1949 by the provincial government, the museum was originally designed as a means to keep Saskatchewan's original farm machinery from the scrap yard.

Since then, the its mandate has been broadened. These days, the WDM takes a look at all 100 years of the province's history.

"We showcase farm machinery, but we also do so much more than that," said Executive Director Joan Champ. "We show the history of Saskatchewan, whether it's in health care, whether it's in our resource industry which is so much a part of our economy today."

The museum has grown as well. There are now four locations: in Saskatoon, Yorkton, North Battleford and Moose Jaw.

"It's a lot of museum to look after, but it's also a big responsibility to look after not only to look after the artifacts of Saskatchewan but also the stories themselves," she said.

The WDM is currently looking for artifacts from the 1950s to 1970s. While the it still focuses on Saskatchewan's history, it's also looking broadly at cultural items.

"Well, we're looking for things that help to tell the story of Saskatchewan, certainly, but also things that might be iconic for pop culture, like toys. An example would be a cabbage patch doll from the 80s," she said

This Sunday, all WDM locations will be holding anniversary celebrations. Admission is 65 cents.