Strolling Through the Museum

The building is set up so different rooms represent a theme. Individual themes of farming, trade, and commerce, housekeeping, education, health, religious reflections and recreation are harmoniously displayed to present a comprehensive view of early homesteading days in the
community of Briercrest.

A classroom representing the early farming era became " The Old Farmyard  " and contains numerous items including tools, implements, carriages and horse tack.

A room designated as "The Dairy" has, among other things, a cream separator and corn husker, Then onto the " The General Store " which contains items and goods found in the local general store, as well as artifacts from the post office. " Home Sweet Home " became the central location for household items and furniture;

" The Military Room " holds artifacts from the wars, " Ironworks and Electrical " and " Services and Sports " also follow specific themes. There are also rooms dedicated from early days to 1970's for education; " The Junior High ", " The High School " and " The Old School House " continue these more specific themes.

Centrally located is " Anderson's Ice Cream Parlour " as tribute to a business that once operated in Briercrest. Ice cream, homemade pie and beverages are served in the parlour setting.

Another development, " The Co-op Repurpose Store  ", provides another revenue stream to the museum with the sale of new and used donated items. Consignment goods are also accepted.


The Doctor's Office


A sign to the entrance of the
Doctors Office.
Dr William Wardell was a physician under the employment of the Canadia Pacific Railway as well as a private practioner. He came to Moose Jaw in 1903; his office location was on the NE corner of Main Street and River Street. Dr. Wardell was married to Dora and their family included four children. As well as being a physician and the owner of the first X-ray machine used in Moose Jaw, the Doctor became a fairly substantial land owner in the Briercrest district.

Dr Wardell passed in 1940 and as the Grosenick family rented land from Dr Wardell, some of his medical equipment ended up in storage at the Grosenick farm. Don and Glenys Grosenick have spent countless hours cleaning and restoring the Doctor's office equipment, and it provides a fascinating glimpse into the medical practice in the early half of the 1900s.

A glass and steel cabinet holds Dr. Wardell’s medical equipment. This cabinet came from the General Hospital in Regina and was used to hold narcotics.

The General Store


The clerk waiting to wrap your
purchases.
Imagine yourself sitting around the old pot-bellied stove while merchants come and go looking for dry goods, hardware items, even a TV or vacuum cleaner. A real-life replica of a bunch of bananas hangs on a hook and there’s a sack of potatoes on the floor. Imagine taking your goods to the counter where the clerk stands ready to wrap them in brown paper (our life-size Mannequin looks pretty real!)


The original counter and several other artifacts from Weddige’s Hardware store are used to create a very realistic display.

Click here for a history of the owners of the General Store in Briercrest.


The One Room Schoolhouse


The single room schoolhouse.
Schoolhouse complete with the pot-bellied stove, the old black lunch kits and, of course, Dick and Jane readers.

Anderson's Ice Cream Parlour


Ice cream, pie and beverages
are served in the parlour setting
Centrally located is Anderson's Ice Cream Parlour, a tribute to a business that once operated in Briercrest. Ice cream, homemade pie and beverages are served in the parlour
setting.
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Co-op Repurpose Store


The Co-op Repurpose Store.
We also have a second-hand store in the museum and we take donations of clothing, furniture, household items including small appliances which we sell at a minimal cost to raise money for the museum. We call this the Co-op Repurpose Store and in it we use the counter and shelving from the Briercrest Co-op which closed.
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