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What are Local Histories?

In 1980, the East Cut Knife and Districts Historical Society published a local history book titled, “Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow”. It was a collection of submissions researched and compiled for Celebrate Saskatchewan 1980 and dedicated “to the memory of the pioneers who settled in the area.” Written by ordinary people who lived locally, the book gives us the stories of the area’s settlers in their own voices.

The value of Saskatchewan local histories, and local histories in general, is well recognized. The Saskatchewan Legislative Library tries to obtain a copy of each new Saskatchewan local history book when it’s published. The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan has more than 400 local histories in their collection. One historian sees the role of local history writers as the “gatekeepers and custodians of rich historical resources“. Most genealogists consider these books to be a goldmine for, among other reasons, family trees.

First Day of School Dress

On July 17th, the Museum hosted a Quilt Walk, and for a few weeks afterwards, I posted photos / descriptions of the quilts on our blog. One post in particular caught the eye of someone born in Cut Knife, now living in B.C. Lorraine Martin brought it to our attention that The First Day of School Dress was not created by Mary Duvall, but by Mary (MacMillan) Rutley for her daughter Jessie Rutley Vance. Her proof was the family tree in her own book, Notes and Clippings, It All Started in Saskatchewan. We’re thankful the record has been corrected.


Notes and Clippings, It All Started in Saskatchewan by Lorraine Martin

My story starts with my early life in the Gallivan / Cut Knife area in the early 1940s and 1950s. It continues through my training as a Psychiatric Nurse at the North Battleford Provincial Hospital then after graduation my working years in England and Switzerland…

Lorraine Martin

Odds and Ends: Autobiography by Orval Ens

Contents include the following chapters: My Forebears; From 0 – 80; School Daze; My Teaching Career; From Horse and Buggy to Automobile; The Terrible Blizzard of December 1955; Breath of French Air…

Orval Ens

Prairie Christmas: A Collection of Stories and Recollections, A Clayton McLain Memorial Museum Project Cut Knife, Saskatchewan 2006 – 2007

This delightful compilation of Christmas stories was compiled by a group of volunteers to not only document history, but to be a fundraiser for the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum… We invited people to write stories about their Christmas memories…

The Prairie Christmas Committee

Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow Volume II

100 Years Celebrating Saskatchewan’s Centennial 1905 – 2005

Where the Cut Knife Waters Flow Volume II

Click for more info about these in-stock local history books, and how to make a purchase from the Gift Shop.

~ Debbie M.