Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, National marine conservation areas system, Directory of federal heritage designations. ( Log Out /  On April 23, 2012 the Government of Canada announced to us some major funding changes to all levels and departments of the Federal Government, including Parks Canada. ( Log Out /  The site had a new special event that had a pioneer theme! The Concert in the Barnyard/ Binding and Stooking was also a huge success. See for miles across the flat farmlands, the road outside disappearing into a far off point on the horizon. SK Star Search winner Samara Yung warmed up the crowd for Codie. They told me that my lead didn't like women and they were right. Friends also provided their carnival activities on Parks day and Canada Day. Change ), May Long Weekend - July 1 Monday-Friday : 10am-4pm, Friends of the Motherwell Homestead Inc., established an Interim Board of Directors, Awards of Excellence for Product Development, 2016 Rockin’ the Barnyard had The Milkman’s Sons. Journee du patrimoine / Heritage Day was a free bilingual family day on October 1st. It could be said that the rest is history! Reserve your spot today. ( Log Out /  This new building became the permanent home of the site’s Friends organization. New ideas for events and fundraisers are always welcome and are needed for the Friends to continue to operate and grow in the years to come. Be sure not to miss out on 2015 sale. Jobs; Campus clubs; Volunteer; Get involved in conservation; Become a Youth Ambassador; Partners; Shop and reserve. Tuesday/Wednesdays in July and August. Binding and stooking will continue to evolve into a true field to fork food based event. Our attendance for the lunches range from 50 to 120 people. I took a job there because the company that I was at started laying me off seasonally and I was hoping to find a job that didn't do that. Our brunch series’ continue to do well. His homestead itself was commemorated because of its architectural interest, its historic associations with his career and as an illustration of a prairie homestead of Western Canada’s settlement period. Thanks to Abernethy Rink for having us! Special Event, Program or Rental Fees May Apply. 35 Likes, 2 Comments - Robin and Arlene Karpan (@karpanphotojourneys) on Instagram: “Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, Saskatchewan. 2012 also created an interesting atmosphere at the park. #ExploreSask #motherwellhomestead . On occasion the Friends fundraise for larger initiatives and partnership programs on site. And Bushwakker Brewpub introduces the Motherwell Red Fife Whitbier! Archer, C., History of the Friends of the Motherwell Homestead., 2009. 2013 was a season of change. Space is limited! For a long time it was unknown what the outcome would actually mean for the park itself. Animals, grain, gardens, processing, the list goes on! This continued even after the Abernethy School (where most of the dancers originated) closed in 1993. Flo Miller said a few words on behalf of Parks Canada, and Ben Stueck, grandson of Hugh and Wanda Stueck, spoke on behalf of the Stueck Family. These were the main fundraiser up into the early nineties. Rockin’ the Barnyard 2015 will be headlining JJ Voss on a new date: Canada Day with fireworks. 2012 was a busy year. Once the VRC was constructed, the Friends’ funds were redirected to aiding Parks Canada restore the Implement Shed to its original function. The beer was refreshing from Bushwakkers Brewpub in Regina and the Regina Symphony Orchestra lived up to the expectation once again! Two fun-filled days your kids will love! Special event, program or rental fees may apply. In 1986 the Friends brought in their first condiments and gift shop trailer to offer refreshments to visitors. 2015 Our concert had a new name! Thursdays in July and August. But that really wouldn’t do the Friends justice.” (Archer, 2009) On September 17, 1984 the Friends of the Motherwell Homestead officially incorporated. In a community and rural municipality with a limited population, it is amazing at the level of dedication, involvement and effort that has been contributed over 25 years. Over the next two decades, Parks Canada’s efforts focused on historical research, archaeology of the site, oral histories, and subsequently, restoration of the buildings and the farmyard. The Motherwell Homestead Visitors Reception Centre was completed in 2000. The latter two, meaning the doll kits and doilies, won Awards of Excellence for Product Development at the Canadian Parks Partnership biennial conference in 1990. 2018 has treated us well and we are excited for 2019! During this same period the July 1st Old Tyme Family Picnic started. It was run like an old fashioned carnival and family fun day. I am Parka, the proud founder of Club Parka! And for the first time we had an opening act. Special thanks to the Canadian Armed Forces for bringing their gear! Pull on a cap or tie on a bonnet and scramble into the authentic costume of a hired hand at the turn of the twentieth century and get ready for two unforgettable days learning how children used to live on the farm. Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, National marine conservation areas system, Directory of federal heritage designations. With my activities, I encourage you to explore, discover, learn and have fun! Following the speeches the ribbon was cut to officially open the trail and several people then made the trek out to the new dock where a variety of waterfowl could be seen. To put that in perspective, that’s four rotations of people through the visitor’s centre! Proud farmer and respected politician spend a day in the life of the Grand Old Man of Agriculture who helped shape Canada’s farm policy. As always, our volunteers have been crucial in helping us keep our brunches hopping! it is the people who support the Friends that make their work possible. It was a great evening as always! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We offered more Saskatchewan items in the gift shop, did more catering through the Christmas season and had a very successful Christmas sale. Do you have a little red hen aged 1 to 6 that likes to help out around the kitchen? It was an intimate venue feeling for a barnyard that was so big! It was a treat to have wonderful people creating fulfilling home-style meals in such a facility. Activities include: period games, a traditional meal in the Stone House, ice cream and rope making, looking after farm animals, learn about draft horses and more…. Cake and coffee followed in the Visitor Reception Centre. Parks Canada acquired the 8.3 acre farmstead in 1966 from the then owner, Mr. Hugh Stueck. In the past, fundraisers have included bingos, a film night, supper and auction, and the Take-a-Hike program. Even the smallest pioneers are not left out: under sixes can flap along to join the Little Red Hen club in the farmhouse kitchen at lunchtime for a midday bread baking session and learn about the connection between that golden wheat outside and the gooey,sticky dough on their face! He watched my like a hawk as if he was expecting me to screw up at any given moment. Golden fields of wheat shimmer under vast prairie skies. Thank you visitors, staff, partners and volunteers! Free with entry. Jump on a hay wagon, as a team of horses, their brasses clanking, bounce you across the freshly cut grass. Tours and programs Day Camps; … The Field to Fork Festival had the highest number of vendors for local products and services yet. 2010 saw the dawn of the Concert in the Barnyard. Our Winter Brunch Series began in the fall and was greatly received all winter. We are very much looking forward, to sharing these experiences offered at the site this season. Since then the Friends have helped the park with their special event days by providing volunteers, concession, and enthusiasm! In the late nineties the Sunset Serenades were started to showcase local talent. The circa 1912 stone house was home to W.R. Motherwell, the province’s first minister of agriculture. The building was not big enough to allow for other visitor services. Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site Things to do; Plan your visit; Visitor safety; Culture; Site management. Among the many decisions in preparing to operate a national historic site, the issue of what to do about a Visitor Reception Centre and what services could be offered to the visiting public was in the forefront. The special events were successful again. A unique experiential 2-day program for children ages 6 to 12. Up until this time, members of the community worked to have the site designated a national historic site, have it restored and support the conversation and presentation efforts. In 1989 they put in a stove to utilize on site cooking. Canada 150 : **Exciting News: Motherwell Homestead visitor centre received a major facelift! The Symphony Under the Sky Festival was well attended despite the day beginning very cold. Threshing day was fun as usual. Friends of the Motherwell History In the Beginning… “In 1966, the Government of Canada recognised the importance of William Richard Motherwell as a lifelong advocate of the Western farmer, a big part of this being his political career. We can’t wait for you to check it out in 2017, just in time for Canada 150! Bushwakker’s Whitbier was as refreshing as ever and the Field 2 Fork vendors added their special touch. New! In the late eighties and early nineties the Abernethy Dancers also preformed regularly at the site. By noon the sun came out and we had over 2000 visitors, so thank YOU! We have exciting plans already for 2019! Although there were changes, the situation has indeed transformed several times to date. The Christmas Craft Sale and Christmas brunch are coming along int he planning and we look forward to the catering season. This tradition is continued on in likeness even today at the site, with a few new additions of course. Although we had a bit of rain, spirits weren’t dampened as we moved the concert to our alternate location and the festivities continued. Come on out, its hands on! Waiting for the Train has been approved by the Department of Education in Saskatchewan for use in high schools as a reference book, or supplementary reading, regarding agricultural history.” (Freer, 2009.) Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. **Exciting News: Motherwell Homestead visitor centre received a major facelift! Motherwell Homestead by David Stanley 23 2 The Ontario-style barn (1907) at the Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site near Abernethy, Saskatchewan, commemorates agricultural development on the Canadian prairies prior to 1914. After considering a number of options for the Visitor Reception Centre, it was decided to stabilize and rehabilitate the implement shed for the alternative use of interpretive panels and public washrooms. I was there for 4 months and I hated it from day one. Thanks to all those who supported! Film nights that entailed a live auction, short films and supper brought the community out. But no matter what the event, it is the people who support the Friends that make their work possible. Threshing Day and Symphony Under the Sky! The site had a new special event that had a pioneer theme! Each year our attendance has become stronger and stronger making for one of our most successful fundraising series ever! Go to the Visitor Centre and ask to become a member of Club Parka – you can collect COOL souvenirs at Motherwell Homestead and other Parks Canada locations!