The Town of Indian Head

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To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, the Indian Head Community Development Committee has teamed up with the Museum to dive into the depths of their archives, searching through forgotten boxes and dusty shelves, to find the most interesting and unique artifacts from Indian Head’s past! Join the adventure by reading and make sure to visit the Museum to see the real thing!

In 1977 a group of 30 citizens from Indian Head met to organize and start a museum. At that time a new fire hall was being built for the town and it was felt that the old 1907 fire hall, an historic building itself, would be ideal for that purpose. The town agreed and the building was turned over for the museum. The original directors of the Indian Head Museum Society were: Arnold Dales, Sheila Brayford, Jean Gardner, Lloyd Pearen, Lloyd Blair, Lloyd Peterson, and Charles Oudot. These and others from the community donated thousands of hours of volunteer labour to build the museum, adding the Jubilee schoolhouse which was donated by Eleanor and Franklin Holden in 1980 and one of the 26 original 1883 Bell Cottages a year later.

The museum continues to be operated by volunteers and in 2016 had 700 visitors. One hundred and thirty came to its Open House last weekend.  Volunteers are continually accessioning artifacts which citizens donate. A recent example of this happened when Sharon Fuller who serves on the museum board worked on a donation of war medals and photos belonging to Jim Nichols brought in by Dora Nichols. The museum continues to be a place of research for many who are seeking answers to their family history. Two weeks ago, a couple from Windsor, Ontario came here especially to spend three days at the Indian Head museum sifting through the museum’s archives for information about the Donnelly family and the Brooks family. New exhibits are continually being developed. In 2015, an exhibit on the two federal agriculture stations was unveiled. Two new exhibits are in the process of being created, one about the Metis and the other about the Orange Home for Dependent Children.

History is often overlooked. Life’s busy forward thrust keeps people occupied. But there exists an unassuming gem; a timelessness that lies quietly in the heart of Indian Head; the Indian Head Museum.

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