The Nokomis and District Museum is a first class collection and presentation of the history of a rural Saskatchewan community. It is located along Highway 20 in Nokomis, approximately 85 miles north of Regina, and 100 miles southeast of Saskatoon.
In 1977, a group of volunteers canvassed the community to see if there was enough interest to warrant starting a museum. Those who were interested were asked to donate one hundred dollars to cover the cost of moving the 1908 CNR station (purchased for $1). Over the next two years, the platform was rebuilt and the inside was renovated to make it more suitable for a museum. The waiting room became the reading room.
In 1980, Saskatchewan’s 75th anniversary and the year of Nokomis’ homecoming, a great push was made to gather and catalog artifacts, pictures and historical items for the official opening at the end of June. Most of the artifacts have been donated by locals.
In 1983, space became limited and the next-door North American Lumber Yard was purchased in April of 1984. Junction City 1907 was created shortly after.
The railway caboose was also added in 1983.
On July 14, 2017, I was graciously hosted by Karen Lee, President (left) and Brittany Forbister, Summer Museum Attendant (right) and board member Kathy Metheral for a book signing. The ladies supplied refreshments to a nice turnout of supporters and we spent a lovely afternoon visiting and catching up.
Mere words can not express my gratitude for what these ladies (and hundreds of volunteers past and present) do in the important job of preserving our heritage.
I’ve put together a bit of a montage of some of the things I viewed today. It represents but a fraction of the exhibits they have lovingly created. We owe it them to at least pay a visit, so come on out or stop on your way through town!
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