Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum

CANADA 150 NEWS

MUSEUM HOURS

(Sunday and Monday by appointment)


The CPHM Annual General Meeting was held at 7:00 p.m., May 16, 2017

CRANBERRY PORTAGE HERITAGE MUSEUM & CHILD & FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

INVITE YOU TO CANADA 150 CELEBRATION

JUNE 24, 2017

9:00 A.M. - 4.00 P.M.

EVERYONE WELCOME

Tentative Agenda

9:00 a.m.Canoe Portage Race and Lakeside Activities
12:00 p.m.Lunch at Museum Grounds followed by
1:00 p.m.O Canada and raising the flags
Welcome and Opening remarks
1:30 p.m.Unveiling of the Mural in Cargo Room and Museum tours
2:00 p.m.Entertainment, Carnnival Games for Children
3:45 p.m.Quilt Draw, 50/50, Prizes, etc.
DuskFireworks


 

Cranberry Portage

The story of the first years of the town of Cranberry Portage is now online. Read Cranberry Portage: Gamblers and Bush Pilots, Love and Survival,in a Frontier Town A Personal Account by Ruth and Jack Paterson

Published on April 19, 2017 - Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey rose in the Manitoba Legisature to honour the immeasurable contributions of the museum staff and volunteers to preserve the community's rich history.

 


MUSEUM NEWS MAY, 2017

Once again the museum is getting geared up for opening on May 20, 2017. Please come and check it out as there are many new displays and changes. Bring your friends, relatives and visitors.

The Museum is opening Tuesday, May 30, 2017:

NEW HOURS

(Sunday and Monday on request)

As many of you know, Watier Jewellers in The Pas closed its doors at the end of March. They made a charitable donation of some of their larger display units to the museum. Big thank yous out to Denis Watier for the donation; Ted Playford and Bill Buchberger for the use of their trucks and trailers to haul the units from the path; and to David Tetlock, Don Brewer, Ernie Fullerton, and Ray Cox who helped to load them in the trucks. Due to the snow storm the driveway into the museum was blocked so they were unloaded at Playford’s shed and later with the help of Rob Kustiak, Darryl Murray, Don Brewer and Ted Playford they were delivered to the museum.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:

The museum is looking for someone to help set up and manage under the direction and authorization of the CPHM Public Relations Officer a new Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum website as soon as possible. Please contact Sandra Buchberger for further information.

We would like to have the outside bench is painted prior to opening the museum and anyone interested in restoration of the railroad gas car please call one of the directors.

Display Items required:

With the new display units we now have a lot more safe storage space.

One unit in the Waiting Room is being used to display artifacts from the aboriginal people that use the Cranberry Carrying Place throughout the ages we would welcome any Display Items required such as:

TICKETS for quilt and raffle can still be purchased from any director.


MUSEUM NEWS FEBRUARY, 2017

CRANBERRY PORTAGE HERITAGE MUSEUM CORP. is pleased to announce it has received financial assistance from the Government of Canada to fund a HISTORICAL MURAL OF THE CRANBERRY “PORTAGE”. This mural was commissioned to Michael O’Toole, a local artist from The Pas, Mb. and will be unveiled at our CANADA 150 CELEBRATION scheduled for June 24, 2017 which is open to the public.

LET'S MAKE THIS THE BEST LITTLE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

MARK YOUR 2017 CALENDARS

Community invitation to the families of Cranberry Portage

June 24, 2017

CANADA 150 CELEBRATION and MURAL UNVEILING

This project (Mural and the Canada 150 Celebration) is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

 

Back in 2013 we announced that Gordon Slade and his wife Pat had generously set up a trust fund with the museum in the name of his parents, Bill and Bertha Slade. The Trust fund has been invested on behalf of the Museum and the interest earned is used specifically to help the costs of annual operating expenses of the museum. We would once again like to give a special thank you to Gordon and the Slade Family for their continuing support to this invaluable memorial fund.

Thank you to Manitoba Highways and especially Lawrence Smadella for donating his time and skill to clean out the snow from the Museum drive so the supply truck from Winnipeg could deliver the material required by the Station Platform refurbishing and construction of a sidewalk for the main gate to the Museum door to give visitors better access. Now we just need spring to arrive so work can commence and be completed prior to June 24.

The Museum is looking for the following donated items to round out some of our displays:

  1. Dolls – a newborn for an infant crib
    a child for a papoose carrier
    a child in original car safety harness
  2. Small size child’s table and chair
  3. Trapping furs: wolf, coyote, fox, mink, weasel, otter and marten
  4. Rotary dial old phone
  5. Old-style men’s woollen pants
  6. Old red or grey woollen underwear
  7. Old wooden clothes rack
  8. Wooden wringer for an old hand-operated washing machine

Volunteers required for the following:

  1. Some indoor painting of a child’s desk, file drawer, and kitchen wall
  2. Gas car refinishing

Family histories

The individual and family histories present on file at the museum have been met with a great deal of interest. We have had so many positive comments from local citizens or from out-of-town visitors. They enjoy reminiscing and seeing a family member, friend/relative or relating an encounter they had yesterday or many years ago. Young children love seeing pictures of their grandparents or great-grandparents and in some cases great, great grandparents in a booklet that talks about times of yesterday. It is the people and their stories that make a community such as Cranberry Portage the special place that it is.

For those families that have not completed their family histories, questionnaires to assist you in creating these history booklets are available on the Museum website or contact one of the directors to provide you with one. We would really like to see more completed before the June 24 CANADA 150 celebration.

We are happy to announce that the Child and FAMILY RESOURE CENTRE is joining forces with us to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on June 24th, 2017 and between us we will be contacting other community members, groups and organizations to get involved. To those who have already been contacted, thank you for volunteering in your special capacity.

 

Keep watching the newsletter for more updates on the above.

We are looking for individuals or groups who are willing to perform in our entertainment segment of the celebration on Saturday afternoon.

Please contact Sandra Buchberger 204-472-3783

MUSEUM NEWS OCTOBER, 2016

The living area used by Station Manager's family now has furniture and objects on display.

Grant Applications Update - 2016

Community Places North : Submitted in 2014 Accepted We have met the deadline with completion of this project. Purpose of Application: Restoration of the Cargo Room to be used for Museum Displays Thank you Community Places North.

Community Places : Submitted December 2015 Approved Purpose of the Application: Fix the cement platform at the front of the Museum, create a cement walkway from the man-gate to the platform and to make a cement pad - this work will commence shortly and will be finished early spring of 2017.

Canada 150: Submitted December 2015 Approved for part of the funds requested Purpose of the Application:

A) Create a Cranberry Portage Historical Mural for the restored cargo room. This mural is being painted by Michael O’Toole, The Pas, Mb. and we are all excited to see the final results. The mural will be unveiled at our Canada 150 celebration.

B) Canada 150 Celebration for the community. The date has been set for Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Museum from 1:00 – 4:00. Mark your calendars and please come out and help us celebrate. More details to follow. If anyone would like to assist in the planning & preparations, please contact Sandra Buchberger, 472-3783 or e-mail sblake@mailme.ca.

Northern Neighbours Foundation Inc.: Submitted March 2016 Partially approved for the following: -Signage: Signs -on highway 10 on either side of Cranberry Portage have been installed and we have received many favorable comments Hopefully they will help draw more interest towards the museum.

-Installation of Flag Poles and appropriate flags. The flag poles have arrived and they will be installed before the Canada 150 celebration.

OVER THE SUMMER

Lori Friesen, our Visitor Service Representative, greeted all visitors to the museum. Thank you Lori for a job well done. Exhibits and documentation were ongoing.

Fundraising on the Trout Challenge weekend was successful and monies were made from the canteen run by the Brewer family, 50/50 draws and ticket sales.

Winners of the 50/50 were:

Newest fundraiser draw for

  1. a Canada 150 quilt
  2. table runner & placements
  3. a bag

Tickets $5.00 each or 5/$20.00

These will be on display at the annual Christmas Arts & Craft Sale with tickets available. Draw will be made at our Canada 150 Celebration June 24, 2017.

The museum is now closed but can be open by appointment to anyone interested. Call one of the directors to make arrangements.


The CPHM Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, on Monday, May 9, at the Museum


MUSEUM News - April, 2016

Restoration of the prior cargo/storage/baggage area of the station building is now in progress. Contract for this work was given to the FCI Engaged Learner's Group under the supervision of René Grenier.

Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum would like to thank the following people and businesses for their generous donation of time and equipment to the museum – Mr. Barry Anderson of Anderson Logging and Mr. Ghislain Lamarre. Without the ongoing generous donations and volunteer support of the local businesses and Cranberry Portage citizens the various activities undertaken by the Museum executive would be much more difficult. Thank you very much for your generosity.

MESSAGE FROM THE CURATOR:

The Mandate of the Museum states:

The Museum shall promote the protection and preservation of objects, specimens, records, sites and other artifacts of significance to the natural history and human history of Cranberry Portage and the immediate outlying area.

This past summer the visitors of the Museum were very interested in the History Booklets that are available for reading. These booklets contain history information of either an individual or a family, or some feature of the community or immediate area such as Gurney Gold. They are an important component of this history of the community of Cranberry Portage.

The individual and family history questionnaires have been revised. User-friendly. Please consider completing a questionnaire for the Human History feature of our community history. Should you wish assistance in this endeavour, contact the Museum and assistants will be arranged.

The Curator is looking for volunteers who would provide assistance in accumulating history information for the museum. Individual, Family, Businesses, Industry, Trapping etc. and any interesting stories or facts about Cranberry or related immediate area.

Contact can be made by email: cphmuseum@gmail.com or pick up the questionnaires to fill out from the Resource Centre and in the summer time at the Museum.

Grant Applications Update – April 2016

Community Places North: Submitted in 2014 Accepted

Purpose for the application: Fix the cement platform at the front of the museum, create a cement walkway for the main gateway to the platform and to make a cement pad.

Canada 150: Submitted December 2016 Pending

Purpose of the Application:

A) Create a Cranberry Portage Historical Mural in the restored cargo room. Mural would depict historical facts from the pre-settlement years of the Aboriginal People to the settlement of Cranberry Portage.

B) Canada 150 celebration for the community.

Northern Neighbours Foundation Inc. Submitted March 2016 Pending

Purpose of application: Signage and Enrichment

Signage: thanks to the generosity of the Stream or family we have a support for signs on Highway 10 on either side of Cranberry Portage. The successful grant application will permit the Museum to place signs on these supports.

Enrichment: Landscaping work on the Museum grounds to create a visitor friendly environment and installation of Flag Poles and appropriate flags.

Anyone interested in volunteering some time to help with the Museum please contact Mrs. Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer or any member of the Museum Executive.


MUSEUM News - January, 2016

Last of the year 50/50 ticket drawn winner December 18, 2015 – Lou Ford of Rocky Lake

The grant application for the Community Places North is completed. This grant deals with the restoration of the area known as the Cargo Room of the Station. We are hoping work will commence in March at the latest.

The grant application to Community Places for refurbishing the cement platform, creating a sidewalk from the main gate to the platform and creating a cement platform for outdoor activities will be completed for submission next week. This also brings the Museum outdoor area up to standards for handicap usage.

The Museum executive has also been very busy compiling information for the Canada 150 Fund grant application. This application deals with the creation of a Mural which will be placed in the refurbished cargo room. The mural will cover a 24' x 8' area. It will portray the history of the 'Cranberry Carrying Place' and the community of Cranberry Portage from Aboriginal days to today. There will also be a celebration in June 2017 commemorating this mural and our history. We will be calling on willing volunteers of the community to assist in developing the history to be depicted, an accompanying explanation in print form, and a celebration. Watch for updates in the newsletter or the town bulletin board at the post office.

The executive is still working on obtaining information for the highway signs both North and South of Cranberry Orange. If anyone is interested in contracting (or donating) their artistic talents and painting a sign for the museum please contact a board member for information. The Museum would pay for plywood and paint materials.

Remember, if you have any out-of-town visitors or family, call any of the Board of Directors and we can arrange for a tour of the Museum.

Feel free to contact any of the board of directors for information or to volunteer.

The next regular Directors Meeting is scheduled for February, 2016.

Phone 472-3470 or email cphmuseum@gmail.com

Submitted by Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer


MUSEUM News - December, 2015

It was a busy day at the Cranberry Christmas Craft Sale. Thank you to all of you for showing your support by purchasing 50/50 tickets, renewing or obtaining new memberships, and purchasing museum shirts.

We completed a 50/50 draw in the winter of $100 was Leslie McKeachnie, of Flin Flon.

The museum is going to be putting up highway signs both North and South of Cranberry Portage. If anyone is interested in contracting (or donating) their artistic talents in painting a sign for the museum, please contact a board member for information. The museum would pay for paint materials.

Renovations to the warehouse portion of the building will start as soon as we obtain a contractor. Any contractors are welcome to provide a quote and should contact Rene Grenier for details.

Remember, if you have out-of-town visitors or family coming in for the holidays, call any of the Board of Directors and we can arrange for a tour of the museum.

The Board of Directors wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Museum T-shirts and Crewnecks



Help support the local museum by wearing one of our T-Shirts or Crewnecks. Let the public know where and what the museum can offer. We have:

  1. Children’s sizes S-L in Pink, Blue and Yellow - $10.00/shirt;
  2. Adults size L-XL in pink, blue, yellow, maroon or Prairie Dust $15.00;
  3. XXL $20.00;
  4. Crewnecks in maroon or dark Heather S-XL for $25.00 and XXL $30.00.

Feel free to contact any of the board of directors for information or to volunteer.

The next regular Directors Meeting is scheduled for January, 2016.

Submitted by Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer


MUSEUM News - October-November, 2015

We wish to give a huge thank you to the volunteers who assisted over the summer:

Renovations to the warehouse portion of the building will start as soon as we obtain contractor. Any contractors are welcome to provide a quote and should contact Rene Grenier for details.

Watch for a table at the CRANBERRY PORTAGE CRAFT SALE on November 28. We will once again have the 50/50 draw and will be selling memberships or accepting renewals. Our membership drive helps to keep the museum operational and provides much-needed funds for the purpose. Remember this is a community project and we hope that every citizen of Cranberry Portage becomes a member of the Museum.

Museum T-Shirts or Crewnecks will be available for purchase at the Craft Sale. Alternatively, we can also mail them out of town - postage extra.

Remember, if you have out-of-town visitors or family coming in for the holidays, call any of the Board of Directors and we can arrange for a tour of the museum.

Feel free to contact any of the board of directors for information or to volunteer.

Submitted by Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer


MUSEUM News - September, 2015

Curator’s comments:

Visitor Service Representatives: During the summer months Davilyn Hodgson and Lori Friesen were Visitor Service Representatives on those days the Museum was open to the public. They did an excellent job of making each visitor’s time a positive experience. Thank you ladies!

Individual/Personal History stories was one of the attractions that rated very positive comments. A number of people left with a questionnaire(s) to add their history to the collection. It is the people, past and present, resident or visitor, that contribute to the richness of heritage of a community and Cranberry Portage can boast of a very diverse and attention-grabbing heritage. Each and every person has contributed to such. If ,as yet, you do not have your history recorded, please contact me and I will get you set up to do so. If you do have a history written for the 2003 Homecoming Celebrations and wish to update it. Contact me and I will get you set up to do so. Help is available to work on it.

Artifacts or History Item: A number of items were dropped off to add to the collection that already exists. Each and every one is greatly appreciated. There is always a story behind an artifact or history item and it would be greatly appreciated if you would jot down this story and email, mail it or give it to an executive member. This winter one of the goals for the Museum will be to have each donated item identified as to donor and story accompanying it. This for display purposes.

Museum Visiting: The Museum will not have regular visiting hours during the months from September thru to mid June. However, should you wish to visit the Museum , possibly with family or friends, or have read thru some of the histories, require assistance with some aspect of the Museum, all it takes is a phone call or message by email and something with be set up at both your convenience and that of an executive member. The building is heated all winter long so not a problem for visitations, individuals or groups.

Volunteering: There are many tasks that one can assist with to make our Museum a meaningful community endeavour. All that is required is your enthusiasm to do so. Everyone has something to offer to this goal. Interested, today or possibly tomorrow, check it out.

Submitted by:Mary-Ann Playford - Curator/Museum Director


The Trout Challenge weekend proved to be a great fundraiser for the Museum. The Brewer family ran the canteen on Friday night in front of the Curling Rink and set up at the fair grounds on both Saturday and Sunday. Shelly Rudd helped in the canteen both days as well. In addition the Museum was open to visitors and many either renewed or purchased new memberships and T-shirts were sold.

50/50 boards were sold prior to (at Rick’s) and during both the Grand Opening at the end of May and the Trout Challenge on the August long weekend by Mabel Brewer, Caroline Friess & Sandra Buchberger.

The lucky winners for the 8 raffles were:

  1. Richard Danielson
  2. Sharon Sullivan
  3. Lori Simon -4 Lenny Hart
  4. David Tetlock
  5. Delphine Kerwin
  6. Don Brewer
  7. Bert Linfitt

Thank you to all those that showed their support by volunteering, purchasing tickets , visiting and bringing guests.

We have secured a grant that will enable us to begin work on the warehouse area of the station to convert it into a large display area for the Museum. This area to house displays that illustrate the Aboriginal use of the ”Cranberry Carrying Place”, fur traders, trappers history to that of today. We will be looking for volunteers to assist in the project as well as contractors to carry out specific requirements for the transformation.

Not that anyone wants to hear about winter and/or Christmas but Museum T-Shirts or Crewnecks would make a great gift. Contract a director to arrange your purchase and pickup. Alternatively, we can also mail them out of town-postage extra.

Museum T-shirts and Crewnecks

Help support the local museum by wearing one of our T-Shirts or Crewnecks. Let the public know where and what the museum can offer. We have:

  1. Children’s sizes S-L in Pink, Blue and Yellow - $10.00/shirt;
  2. Adults size L-XL in pink, blue, yellow, maroon or Prairie Dust $15.00;
  3. XXL $20.00;
  4. Crewnecks in maroon or dark Heather S-XL for $25.00 and XXL $30.00.


Submitted by Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer


MUSEUM News - June, 2015

GRAND OPENING OF THE CRANBERRY PORTAGE HERITAGE MUSEUM

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Museum 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Prior to the grand opening the board of directors along with some spouses worked many hours getting the building and displays ready. Many of you have probably noticed the new sign on the outside of the building. Don & Mabel Brewer picked it up in Neepawa and Don Brewer, Rene Grenier and Bill Buchberger installed same on the building wall.

Other volunteers who assisted were Doreen Huck, Bonnie McGillivray, and Tammy Ritchie. The luncheon was prepared by Sandra Buchberger with the help of June Richardson, Lannie Leptick, Susan Fullerton, Shelly Rudd, and Caroline Freese. Two new barrel planters were donated by Streamer’s Hardware and were filled with dirt by June Richardson. Flowers, again donated to the Museum by Lasting Impressions in The Pas, were planted by Sandra Buchberger and her daughter Tammy Ritchie.

Bev Carriere set up a display cabinet with some of the items worn & belonging to her late father, Roger Carriere, former resident of Cranberry Portage & King Trapper @ the Trapper’s Festival in The Pas for many years.

With a great turnout of approximately 100 people the Museum was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Richard Gibbons acted as M.C. and our donor, Gordon Slade was the guest speaker giving a short history on how the museum project came to be. Mary Ann Playford, the Curator also thanked the residents of Cranberry Portage, the past and present board of directors, volunteers, monetary & artifact contributees, and grant assisters’ . Greetings & congratulations were also given by Debbie McLaughlin on behalf of the L.U.D. of Cranberry Portage and Gordon Landriault on behalf of Niki Ashton’s office who presented us with a Canadian Flag for the museum (now we need a flag pole), pins to the directors and Canada pins for all attendees.

Everyone enjoyed their tour of the building and then headed to a makeshift lunch room set up in the old cargo rooms. A beautiful cake prepared and donated by Donna McCallum was the highlight of the luncheon. Connie Smith, Lannie Leptick and Susan Fullerton kept the trays of food full.

Mabel Brewer was kept busy renewing and selling memberships. Shelly Rudd and June Richardson sold Museum T-shirts and Crewnecks which we obtained from Peds Threads. We have children’s sizes S-L in Pink, Blue and Yellow - $10.00/shirt; Adults size L-XL in maroon or Prairie Dust $15.00; XXL $20.00; Crewnecks in maroon or dark Heather S-XL for $25.00 and XXL $30.00. If interested drop by the museum or give one of the directors a call.

50/50 boards were sold prior to the opening around town and during the opening sold by Caroline Freese. Draws were made from three of the sold out boards and the lucky winners were Richard Danielson, Sharon Sullivan and Lauri Simon.

There is still another board at Rick’s so you have another winning chance.

MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 12 - 4 pm for June

Submitted by Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer


MUSEUM News - May, 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

OFFICIAL MUSEUM OPENING:

Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ the Museum from 1:00p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting @ 1:30p.m.
Cake, Sandwiches & beverages will be served
Museum T-Shirts/Sweatshirts will be available

Please come out to support your Museum. The community as a whole should be very proud of the contributions it has made, whether financially or as volunteers.

Highlights of the Annual General Meeting

Monday, April 27, 2015 held at the Museum 7 PM

The 2014 AGM minutes were reviewed and adopted. Table Officers' Reports were given including the President's Remarks; the Treasurer's Annual Financial Report and Museum Membership updates; BAPO Restoration Plan project status and update; Curator's Report; and Public Relations Officer's Annual Summary of the volunteer help and fundraising events.

Positions up for re-election on the board were filled for further two-year term as follows:

With the following remaining for another term:

We are hoping to have the Museum open during certain days/hours over the summer months and if anyone is interested in working on a term basis please contact Mary-Ann Playford or pass your resume on to any board member.

Our membership drive helps to keep the museum operational and provides much needed funds for this purpose. Remember this is a community project and we hope that every citizen of Cranberry Portage becomes a member of the Museum. Please renew your memberships for 2015 now.


MUSEUM News - April

Our recent Grant Application to Community Places Program-North has been approved and our contract has been signed.

Total cost of the project is approx. $39,500.00 and the grant is for $30,000.00 with work to be completed by the fall of 2016. The two back rooms (originally the baggage/cargo room) will be made into one large room to be a tribute to the aboriginal people who used the “Cranberry Carrying Place” in their travels. Community members, art students of the collegiate, woodworking and design students of the collegiate will be asked to interact to create artistic expressions of those early years.

On the construction side, the wall between the two rooms will be removed along with shelving and the ceiling will be repaired. As there was some fire damage in that part of the building the smoke damage will be sealed with Aluminum Paint, windows will be replaced, the walls will be strapped and new electrical will be put in. The passage door and cargo door will be replaced, flooring will be installed, the entire room will be primed and painted and wheel chair ramps will be installed. Work will be done by local contractors and materials will be obtained from Lumber Yards in Flin Flon.

The museum building, contents, and liability insurance is in place through a blanket policy obtained in conjunction with the R.M. of Kelsey. Premiums are paid by the museum.

Soon there will be highway signs showing the Museum in Cranberry Portage. Hopefully this will bring more people into town to check it out.

We are hoping to have the Museum open during certain days/hours over the summer months and if anyone is interested in working on a term basis please contact Mary-Ann Playford or pass your resume on to any board member.

Our membership drive helps to keep the museum operational and provides much needed funds for this purpose. Remember this is a community project and we hope that every citizen of Cranberry Portage becomes a member of the Museum. Please renew your memberships for 2015 now.


MUSEUM News - March

A NEW YEAR at CRANBERRY PORTAGE

February, 2015

The first meeting of the year was held January 19, 2015 at the museum. Anyone wishing to attend our meetings is welcome to join us.

Tom Speary provided materials and his services in rebuilding some window frames and we wish to thank him for his generous contribution. Once the cold weather has subsided we will proceed with the next major undertaking which is to restore repair the previous shipping/baggage storage area – room seven and eight at the north end of the building. Presently there is no heat in these rooms.


January, 2015

The final board meeting for 2014 was held on December 15 at the museum and our next meeting is set for January 19, 2015 at seven at the museum. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome to join us.

This winter for the renovations on the building will continue. Tom Speary has agreed to help us with some window frame repairs. The next major undertaking is to restore and repair the previous shipping/baggage storage area – room seven & eight at the north end of the building. Shelving and a wall have to be removed as well as the ceiling repaired (from previous fire damage). Once the room is cleared and repaired it will be renovated to create a tribute to the aboriginal people who use the "Cranberry Carrying Place" in their travels. Community members, art students of the collegiate, woodworking and design students of the collegiate will be asked to assist in the project.

Keep watching the newsletters for updates on our recent Grant Application to Community Places Program – North.

Our membership drive helps to keep the medium operational and provides much needed funds for this purpose. Remember this is a community project we hope that every citizen of Cranbury Portage becomes a member of the museum renewals are due by April 30, 2015.


MUSEUM News - September

We had a very successful weekend during the Trout Challenge August 1st, 2nd, & 3rd . The museum was opened from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and we were very happy to have over 95 people sign our guest book and we believe over 100+ visitors were received in those two days. We had people from across Canada, the United States and Japan. Thank you for your generous donations to the museum – total $305.00. Several new memberships were taken out and a few people renewed their memberships - $165.00. We also had a few cookbook sales - $20.00.

Four 50/50 draws of $100.00 each (tickets sold all week at Rick’s, at the Museum and down at the park) and the lucky winners were:

#1- Chilly Reber; #2- Anne Murray; #3- Mary Anne Playford; #4- Mandy Dushanek

The Brewer Family and friends ran a Canteen: 20 hours over 3 days - Fri., Sat., and Sun. with a profit of $2,051.10 towards the Museum. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this weekend a great success for the Museum, renewed their memberships or purchased new memberships, to those who purchased 50/50 tickets, cookbooks and ate at the food booth.


If anyone has a group who would like a tour of the museum, please contact any board member and we will be glad to arrange a viewing. We are slowly putting donated objects into the various rooms and eventually these will be changed out for new items so that every time you come, something new will be seen.

If you have not renewed your Museum Membership please do so as soon as possible. All new memberships are welcome. Feel free to contact any of the Board of Directors for information or to volunteer.

Richard Gibbons 472-3537 Rene Grenier 472-3543 Dale Streamer 472-3222 Sandra Buchberger 472-3783 Mabel Brewer 472-3031 June Richardson 472-3595 Mary-Ann Playford 472-3470 or email cphmuseum@gmail.com

Submitted by Sandra Buchberger, Public Relations Officer

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