Dufferin Historical Museum
2017 President’s Report by Trish Aubin
2017 saw another busy year at Dufferin Historical Museum with 800 visitors attending from various places around the world. We would like to thank the RM of Dufferin, Town of Carman, Carman Area Foundation, Manitoba Heritage and Historic Resources Branch for their ongoing financial support. This year the monies received from the Carman Area Foundation were used to help with the shingling of the front portion of the museum.
In memory of Bertha Norberg and Art Budd long time members and volunteers of the museum, we made additional contributions to our scholarship fund. This year we offered our scholarship to graduates going into the field of education at the Carman Collegiate and the Dufferin Christian School. The scholarship was received by Riley Enns.
We struggled to find an university student to work at the museum for the summer which would enable us to open June 1st. Fortunately, Emily Wiebe agreed to help us for a few weeks at the beginning of June and then we were able to hire Gabrielle MacLellan, a grade 11 student, for the remainder of the summer. Gabrielle was very responsible and observant running the museum. She was keen to learn about the care of the artifacts and did an excellent job helping with the school tours. She continued to keep the Facebook page updated and did numerous articles in the paper corresponding with displays that she had set up in the museum. We hope that she will consider returning next summer.
We had our 6th Christmas at the Museum event in December, the Grand Opening of the Boyne School in June, table at the Carman Fair and Garden Tour Registration were held on the museum grounds in July, Grandparents Day celebration combined with Canada 150 commemoration in September and had a table at the Wellness Fair in October. We also were part of the Passport Adventure and the Pembina Valley Challenge.
With the completion of the Boyne School, I would like to thank everyone who helped with the project over the years. It was a huge feat for us to take on and sometimes I wondered if we new what we were doing when we agreed to it. The outcome though has been very awarding and we should all be proud of the new addition to the museum. Thanks to Tyler, Karen and Jane who helped with organizing the Grand Opening. Even though it was a dreary day it was great to see everyone enjoying what we worked so hard to accomplish.
In recognition of Canada 150, we collected 150 stories from members of the community and had a book published. The committee worked tiredlessly with over 1200 volunteer hours submitted to the project. Thank you Shirley, Jane, Karen, Sharla and Mary-Anne for all your work and congratulations on an excellent job.
We are a very small group and I realize that we as with lots of other organizations in our community and abroad struggle with finding new members and volunteers. I feel though that we should be very proud of the things that we accomplish and the insight we have for the museum. I am very thankful for the Board and volunteers we do have and how easy and enjoyable you are to work with. This year we had a record number of recorded volunteer hours at 1972. I continue to hear many positive comments about the museum and the awareness that we achieve.
It has been a very busy year and I look forward to working with all of you once again for a very successful 2018.