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Settlers, Rails and Trails, gets Canada 150 grant

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The flag collection at Settlers Rails and Trails. They received a $1,600 grant towards a new agricultural exhibit. (Katelyn Boulanger/Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times)

The flag collection at Settlers Rails and Trails. They received a $1,600 grant towards a new agricultural exhibit. (Katelyn Boulanger/Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times)

Argyle’s Settler’s Rails and Trails museum will be able to put together a new exhibit this year after receiving a Canada 150 grant May 29, which will allow them to tell the stories of the area’s local agricultural history.

“The Interlake Community Foundation let us know that they would be offering a Canada 150 grant that they would be giving out to worthy organizations within the area and so we applied. What we applied for was for an interactive exhibit for agriculture in the Brant-Argyle region,” president and executive director of Settler’s Rails and Trails Shayne Campbell said.

“We’ve done veterans already we’ve done flags, the school’s 100th anniversary, and the church so we thought we need to start focusing on the agriculture because it’s a very important industry in the area.”

The museum received $1,600 in grant funds which Campbell said will get them started on a small exhibit.

“(The exhibit) is going to have photographs and stories of different farms in the area. Of course our area has crops and livestock and a mix, so we want to make sure that we get everybody. We’re going to have some computer technology where people can access information and their stories (recounted by locals). (Residents) will also be able to view pictures and videos from the past,” Campbell said

There will also be a hands on portion of this exhibit which will allow museum visitors to actually feel the history they are learning about.

“Most museums don’t do (hands on) because most things need to be behind glass but we have special artifacts that will be on display and at our museum basically what we say is anything that you are able to touch you can,” Campbell explained.

This exhibit will tie very strongly to the community’s roots whose core industry began with farming.

“(The exhibit will try  to convey) how important (agricualture) is for our local economy the majority of the people in the area were farmers and pretty much every family had some sort of farm even if they had other jobs, and of course as the number of farmers dwindle because they need more and more land and equipment that they are still needed to feed the world and that they are using our soil here in Argyle, Manitoba to do that,” Campbell noted.

The museum is hoping to have the exhibit ready to be unveiled for their fall supper.

“We thought what a great time to do that because people are thinking harvest and thinking about the fruits of their labour. It’s going to be a great time to start it and it will be a permanent exhibit at the museum,” Campbell said

The museum is hoping to speak with those who have knowledge of local history, photographs or stories that could be relevant to the exhibit. To contact Settler’s Rails and Trails email argylemuseum@gmail.com.



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