Lashburn ready to celebrate

By Geoff Lee

May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Commemorating 50 years of Centennial Museum

This year, Lashburn’s Community Day will morph into a two-day weekend celebration hooked on the 50th anniversary of the Lashburn Centennial Museum.
The museum was created in 1967 when Canada turned 100, adding to the party mood.
Townsfolk will also toot a horn June 10-11 to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday in advance of the July 1 milestone, with a bigger than ever parade and street vendors on Saturday.
On tap is everything from sack races and a mini-tractor pull for kids and museum tours, to anniversary cake and ice cream.
“We’re planning all-day demonstrations in the museum of blacksmithing and telegraph,” said Jim Metherell, chair of the museum anniversary committee.
“There’s a thrashing demonstration too.”
Museum collections are also housed in the old Gully School and the Legion Hall, which is currently being renovated.
The main Lashburn Museum at 96 Main Street features veteran’s gallery with artifacts from the Boer War to present.
It includes the Snyder and Armstrong general store that operated from 1906 until 1972.
Descriptive vignettes of Lashburn’s history will be depicted throughout the day Saturday
Lashburn’s history dates back to the arrival Barr Colonists, a group of English immigrants who arrived in Lloydminster in April, 1903.
Some of the colonists settled on homesteads east of Lloydminster in the Lashburn area.
The museum includes a collection of colonist artifacts such as sewing machines, a fold-up bathtub, tools and phonographs.
“The other thing that’s unique is in 1908, a guy name James Bruce inherited a large sum of money from his native Scotland on the condition that he build a hospital, a church and a rectory here, which he did,” said Metherell.
The All Saints Anglican Church in Lashburn he built is still in use.
“He then set up a farm called Tighn Duin Farm,” said Metherell, noting visitors can also learn about that part of local history too in a vignette.
The special weekend will also include a program to honour the surviving women who started the museum back in 1967.
“We’ll have live entertainment throughout the day and a banquet and dance on Saturday evening, and a pancake breakfast and a community church service in a tent on Sunday,” said Metherell.

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