interior duvall house living room
Summer, Board, Museum

Spring Cleaning 2023

Let’s make everything sparkle for Canada Day!

It’s time to ready the heritage buildings for their season opening. We’re in the process of hiring summer staff but Angie won’t be at the museum this year for health reasons. We’ll need all the help we can get to prepare for the Canada Day Open House.

spring cleaning

WHEN: Saturday, June 10 at 10am at the Museum
WHAT TO BRING: A bucket, a dry dust cloth, a cloth for washing (possibly dishes, possibly counters, maybe even windows…) AND a friend!

If you can make it for any amount of time at all, please R.S.V.P. so we can be totally organized and prepared to tackle this.

Events, Museum

Request for Expressions of Interest


On Canada Day 2023, the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum will participate in Cut Knife’s town-wide July 1 celebrations. At Tomahawk Park, the CMMM will host a Heritage Village Open House along with additional activities, one of which will be a Quilt Walk.

ABOUT: The Quilt Walk will take place along the shaded walking path that connects the Duvall House to the World’s Largest Tomahawk. Quilts will be arranged on clotheslines between the mature trees that line the path. In addition to the outdoor display area, some interior space will be available for smaller items.

When: Saturday, July 1 from 1 – 5pm.
Where: Clayton McLain Memorial Museum, Tomahawk Park, Cut Knife.
Additional: Advance drop-off and post-event pick-up protocols will be in place. 

VISION: To have a wide variety of textile crafts on display from a diversity of sources, of cultural traditions, and historical roots.

SUBMISSIONS: Quilters, textile artists of all ages and skill levels, and owners of crafts that fall within these categories, are invited to submit their pieces. The exact number of submissions per individual will depend upon the number of submitting parties. Each piece will need to be accompanied by its story i.e. name of creator, date of item, etc. Of particular interest will be the reason for the item’s creation, and/or any symbolism, historical details, or cultural meanings related to the item.

The CMMM is looking for Expressions of Interest from individuals who would like to participate in the Museum’s Canada Day Quilt Walk. Email with your name, contact info, and a brief description of the item(s), whether quilts, embroidery, weavings, etc. The event will only go forward if there will be enough submissions for an exhibit.


Note: Although all efforts will be made to monitor the artwork at all times, and to protect it from damage due to weather or other sources, artwork will be submitted at the owner’s risk.

Click here to print off a pdf copy of this post for a bulletin board near you!

~ Debbie M.

RCMP button display

RCMP 150: The Red Serge

Tuesday, May 23, 2023: Today, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police mark their 150th year of service to Canada and Canadians. To honour this anniversary, CMMM artifacts currently on display highlight Cut Knife’s long-time connections to the RCMP and its predecessor, the North West Mounted Police. Lucille has selected items that have a direct connection to individuals who lived and worked in the Cut Knife community, which includes this beautiful jacket from the RCMP dress uniform, the Red Serge.

Red Serge jacket from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police dress uniform belonging to Shirley (Meriniuk) Yurchyshyn.

Items from the Walter Kingston collection: North West Mounted Police, Saskatchewan Provincial Police, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

These 2 photos show only a sampling of the RCMP artifacts on display at the Cut Knife Library for the next few weeks. Stop by and take a closer look at the items of clothing, memorabilia, framed paintings and photos, and the RCMP Musical Ride flag.

Cut Knife Library 113 Broad Street
Tuesday 4-7pm | Thursday 6-9pm | Saturday 9am – 1pm

~ Debbie M.

door prize draw grand opening
Archives, Events, Museum

Grand Opening a Success

Dozens of people visited the Grand Opening Come & Go Tea on Saturday, May 20th. The unofficial count is approximately 50; the official count hasn’t been passed along yet. The Clayton McLain Memorial Museum and Archives and the Cut Knife Library share the building at 113 Broad Street and both organizations were very pleased with the public’s response.

We gave many, many tours, and answered even more questions. Three individuals signed up to help with the construction of the padded hangers we use to preserve textiles and clothing. And, almost 30 visitors entered the Door Prize Draw.

Winner 1st Prize: Mary Ramsay

  • Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow Vol. II
  • Time Marches On Vol. II 1975-2000
  • Atton’s Lake: A Summer Meeting Place
  • Odds and Ends: Orval Ens Autobiography
  • From the Heart of a Prairie Farm Wife

Winner 2nd Prize: Mason Ramsay

  • Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow Vol. II

Winner 3rd Prize: Bonnie Ramsay

  • Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow Vol. II

Thanks to all who helped us celebrate and made the day a success!

~ Debbie M.

Archives, Events, Museum

Come & Go Tea


WHEN: Saturday, May 20 from 10am – 1pm
WHERE: 113 Broad Street, Cut Knife

The Clayton McLain Memorial Museum & Archives and the Cut Knife Library will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new location at 113 Broad Street (formerly the Good Shepherd Church).

Tour the Archives. | Enter to win a selection of local history books. | Stop by the the Library’s book sale table.

~ Debbie M.