Community Garden Plots

The Clayton McLain Memorial Museum’s Community Garden will be scaled back this spring due to lack of interest. It will shrink to approximately 1/3 of its current size with much of the soil going towards fill at the museum and elsewhere, as needed. This should be accomplished by the end of May.

The Community Garden is located to the east of the Cut Knife grid road in a large sunny field between the Museum’s Armstrong Building to the south and the R.M.’s shop on Dion Avenue to the north.

Guidelines are as follows:

  • Space is limited. Contact the museum, if interested.
  • Plant rows east / west.
  • No water is available onsite. Water must be hauled from home.
  • Plots are free but you must care for your plot throughout the season. This includes weeding and harvesting.

Plots will be available at the end of May.

Contact a CMMM Board member or email to arrange for garden space.

~ Debbie M.

Board, Events

Call for 2022 Board Members

Volunteers Power the Museum. Join Us at the AGM!

WHEN: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 2:30pm.
WHERE: In person at the Cut Knife Community Centre at 204 Otter Street or via Zoom (email for the link).

agm sunday, march 27, 2022

The Board meets once a month, usually in the evening on the 4th Friday. Meetings are held at the Museum Admin & Archives Centre (MAAC) at 201 Railway Avenue or, as has often been the case during Covid-19, via Zoom. There are a variety of Committees ranging from Finance to Acquisitions to Fundraising to Education and Public Outreach, and more. Something for everyone wherever your interest lie!

There are regular events in which the Board participates, like the pre-season walk-thru of the pioneer village buildings to ensure all will be in shape to open to the public in the early summer. Board Trustee terms run for 2 years.

To find out more about the museum, click through our website. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact a Board member, fill out the contact form or email us at

~ Debbie M.

Museum, Notes

Ovenstown Captured

A beautiful capture of Ovenstown in the spring of 2020, especially poignant since it was demolished that fall. Aleksi Anseth grew up in Cut Knife and continues to live in the area. Take a look at her Facebook page (link below) for more wonderful examples of her talent.

This building has served many uses throughout its life, functioning as a church, one-room school, and eventually, a museum. I’ve spent a couple of my summers working at the museum, and got pretty cozy with Ovenstown specifically, as it was the museum office when I worked (that honour now belongs to the Duvall House!), so I’ve spent many hours in and around the building. Even with those hours logged with it, I still find the front of the building really visually striking. It has a presence that commands attention. Speaking purely on exterior design, Ovenstown is probably my favourite building at the museum! Acrylic on 11X14″ Canvas board

Aleksi Ann | Facebook May 7, 2020
By Aleksi Anseth


Royal Purple Donation

In June, the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum was one of five local organizations that received a $1000 donation from the Cut Knife Royal Purple. The museum is thankful for their recognition of our role in the community and very grateful for their support.

The other recipient organizations were the Cut Knife Municipal Library, the Cut Knife & District Recreation Board, Cut Knife Country Lanes, and the Cut Knife Senior Citizen Recreation Centre. All five organizations have been recognized as vital to the community.

Twila Loranger presented the cheques at the Innovation Credit Union on Broad Street.

president of cmmm receiving royal purple donation
Twila Loranger, Royal Purple, presenting Colton Stapley, President of the CMMM (and son) with cheque.

“The Cut Knife Royal Purple is a fun-loving, dynamic, dedicated, group of volunteers. We are proud to work towards helping children and our community.”