Board, Museum

Call for Spring Cleaners!


spring cleaning

We’re spring cleaning and WE NEED YOU to help us brush away the last of the cobwebs. Angie Garon, Curatorial Assistant, has been back at work for a couple of weeks and has zipped through much on the To-do List. However, we could sure use some help with the final push through Raymond’s Store and the Station.

If you have a couple of hours this Saturday morning to help Angie and me dust and wash, and sweep and mop, you would be warmly welcomed and very much appreciated. Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, June 25 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 the remaining chores.

~ Debbie M.


Flowers – as if by Magic

At least half a dozen large super-sized flower pots are located at the museum. They sit on the station platform, on the Duvall House back steps, at the corners of various buildings. By the time September rolls around, the flowers have reached their peak and are glorious to see. What’s magic, is that these flowers are purchased and planted by volunteers and, on a day in late spring, will just appear.

For many, many years, Bob and Betty Duncan tended the museum grounds: Bob mowing the grass and Betty planting and caring for the flowers. Sadly, Betty passed away a few years ago but Bob continues to tend the lawns, for which we’re very grateful. Last year, the ladies of the Cut Knife Royal Purple surprised the museum by taking over Betty’s tradition of planting the pots. This was very much appreciated as they had to haul water to do so.

Now, this year, both the museum and the Royal Purple were surprised when, one day, the flower tubs were magically filled with bedding plants. Marion Blain, a gardener at the Community Garden is responsible. We sincerely thank her for the donation of plants and for her time. All of us look forward to watching them grow.

tub of flowers
Flowers by Marion this year
tub of flowers
Tub on the Duvall House back deck

To see what else is on the museum grounds, click here.

~ 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 heritage 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.


Melvin Sawatzky, Award Recipient

– content of post kindly shared from the Rivers West District Nomination form submitted by Bonnie S.

mel sawatsky receiving overall volunteer award of the year
Mayor Gwenn Kaye (left) presenting Mel Sawatzky (right) with the Over-All Volunteer of the Year Award

In 1971, Mel became the first Chairman of the newly created Clayton McLain Memorial Museum. For several years prior to this Mel, in his capacity as Noble Grand of the local Oddfellows Chapter, actively sought to assist Elizabeth McLain in establishing a Museum which would house artifacts of great historical significance to Canada, associated with the settlement of the northwest and the events surrounding the 1885 rebellion.

Mel’s record of achievements include:

  • 24 years as a Volunteer Firefighter;
  • 20+ years involvement with the Cut Knife Colts hockey team in a variety of roles;
  • 8 years service as a Councilor, Town of Cut Knife;
  • Decades of involvement with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, including the Hunter Safety Education program;
  • Coordination of the 2005 RCMP Musical Ride in the Town of Cut Knife;
  • Noble Grand of the local Oddfellows Lodge in the late 1960’s; and
  • More than five decades of continuous service including service on the Board of Trustees, Clayton McLain Memorial Museum. Melvin Sawatzky holds the distinction of Life Member of the Board of Trustees of Clayton McLain Memorial Museum.

“Spanning over five decades, Mel Sawatzky has had a long and distinguished record of service to the community and district of Cut Knife Saskatchewan… Mel’s service to Cut Knife has taken many forms. He has always been willing to help anyone who asks for assistance, and has shared his woodworking and maintenance skills freely.”

Congratulations to Mel Sawatzky, lifetime member of the CMMM Board of Trustees, on receiving the Rivers West District Volunteer Recognition Award for Over-All Volunteer of the Year!