Lashburn gearing up for 50th


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November 3, 2016 12:00 AM

The Lashburn Centennial Museum is ramping up for its 50th birthday next year and, in order to finance the two-day celebration, organizers are selling some nifty vanity licence plates.
“We were created in 1967 as a centennial project when Canada turned 100, so we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary next summer and we will do it at the same time as Lashburn Community Day,” said Kathy Berg, curator of the museum.
“So in some of our brainstorming for ideas in promoting the museum, and doing a little fundraising on the side, one of our board members, Jeremy Peters, did some sketches, we got some bottles of water made with a label of the Lashburn Centennial Museum on it, and one of the sketches we didn’t use for that was in the shape of a licence plate, and one thing lead to another and we decided to make some vanity licence plates.”
The 50 year celebration will take place on June 10 and 11 and offer up a myriad of activities to take part in.
Berg said many of the activities are things the museum does every year on Lashburn Community Day, like putting antique vehicles in the yearly parade and helping organize road apple bingo, but it will also be offering up unguided tours of the facility.
“Normally our tours are guided, but because we have lots of stories, we decided to make the day flow a little better by having short little vignettes throughout the day that would explain and give a chance for them to hear the stories of the museum, so they can do a self-tour of the museum during the day,” she said.
“A good portion of our museum has to do with the Barr Colonists, we have a similar history as the museum in Lloydminster; not all of Lashburn’s residents, but several of them came as a result of the colonists that came over from England in 1903 and so we have pioneer type stuff, including a very cool trappers cabin.”
Some of the other features of the Lashburn Centennial Museum include the Snyder and Armstrong General Store that operated from 1906 until 1972 and a veterans gallery that honours veterans from the Boer War, both World Wars, right up until the present day.
Another piece Berg said is interesting is the Tighnduin Farm, a mansion built in the early 1900s and owned by a man named Jimmy Bruce, who had a desire to build a stock farm so he could bring in purebred animals from overseas. 
“(The livestock) included Clydesdale horses and Ayrshire cattle, at that time there wouldn’t have been any purebreds out here, they would have just been range animals, so this was unique and his favourite horse was Lord Arnott, and he was a large Clydesdale and we have his four hooves,” Berg said.
“I find it’s a very educational building, I think it’s a good place to preserve our artifacts of our past and educate people as to who went before us, who laid the foundation for our town.”
Other activities lined up for the celebration include live music, a program to honour the surviving women who started the museum back in 1967, a supper and family dance on Sat. June 10 and a pancake breakfast and cowboy church the following Sunday.
Anyone who wants to pitch in by purchasing a licence plate, which are in the likeness of the 1967 style with yellow and ready brown lettering, can email the museum at

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