Our Museum Rocks! Celebrating International Museum Day
Join us this Wednesday, May 18 as we celebrate International Museum Day.
“Our Museum Rocks!” is our theme – inspired by a donation of a large rock collection that we have recently been given. While working with these rocks, minerals, & fossils we have been reminded of their importance to man throughout history and realized that, in one way or another, we all had some connection to rocks!
“Rock Talk” from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in the Gallery.
We’ll enjoy a slide show of photos from Shaunavon’s Rock Club, and check out a wide variety of displays including beautiful creations made by Rock Club members, crystals, fossils, and more. We’d love for you to share your stories of your connection to rocks – perhaps you picked rocks on the farm, or were a member of the Rock Club, or maybe you collect rocks. You are welcome to bring along your favourite rock if you have one (petrified wood, arrowheads, fossils, meteorite, pet rock, etc.). Coffee and goodies will be served.
Rock Painting from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Community Room.
This is a fun free activity for kids and families where you can let your creativity flow! We ask that you please pre-register for the Rock Painting activity by calling 306-297-3882. When you are finished painting your rock you are welcome to visit the Gallery to see all of the cool rock displays!
We hope that you will be able to join us - it will be a rockin' good time!!
Many thanks to Deb Dewhurst from Hairanoia Cuts & Crystals, Mona McFadyen, and George Wagner for lending us pieces from their amazing rock collections to display in the Gallery.
In the Gallery: Milan Gerza - Anti-Universe and Retrospective
SHOWING: May3 to June 3, 2022 - Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
This thought-provoking exhibition is a retrospective survey of the past fifteen years of artmaking. The title work, Anti-Universe, is a unique installation incorporating black lights and a Kinetic element that takes the viewer into the surreal.
Before engaging his long-standing interest in developing his personal artistic vision, Gerza’s career in electro-technology took him from his birthplace in Prague to Russia, North Africa, Cyprus and other places around the world. He eventually elected to retire in the small Saskatchewan community of Kyle where he could be close to his daughter, sail on Lake Diefenbaker and pursue his artistic craft in his self-contained living and working spaces.
Watch this video to learn more about the exhibition and hear from the artist.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Swift Current
Many thanks to exhibition sponsors Berg’s Home Furnishings
Bookbinding 101: Workshop for Adults & Teens
Would you like to try your hand at creating a one-of-a-kind book that you can use as a journal, notebook, album, or so much more?
Our BOOKBINDING 101 workshop for adults and teens is just what you are looking for!
Join us for a fun two evenings of creating - Tuesday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 31 - at 7:00 each night at the Grand Coteau Centre Gallery.
No experience necessary!
The cost is only $25 per person which includes all supplies needed to make your book.
Register at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre - phone 306-297-3882 or stop by the Gallery at 440 Centre Street
Presented in partnership with the Shaunavon Library.
Sing-Along with Ann
Join us for Sing-Along with Ann!
On the third and fourth Fridays of every month, you are invited to come out to the Grand Coteau Centre Gallery for a fun morning sing-along!
Our wonderful volunteer and talented pianist, Ann Brown, leads the group as we sing some oldies-but-goodies!
The best part is that there is No Experience or Talent ReCHOIRed!
Sing-Along with Ann dates for May 2022
Friday, May 20 from 10: to 11: am
Friday, May 27 from 10: to 11: am
Everyone is Welcome! It’s always a good time!!
Download the Sing-Along with Ann Songbook here
Download the March Lyrics here
Evergreen Arts Camp 2022
A week-long fine arts camp for creative young people presented by Evergreen Arts and the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre.
Campers experience a variety of exciting arts workshops in a fun, friendly & creative environment. Activities are led by professional artists, Grand Coteau Centre staff & local arts enthusiasts.
Age Group #1: 6 to 9 years old
Age Group #2: 10 to 12 years old
Teens: 13 to 18 years old
WHEN? August 8 to 12, 2022
Age Group #1: Mornings
Age Group #2: Afternoons
Teens: August 8 & 9 Evenings
WHERE? Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre & various locations in the Town of Shaunavon
WHAT? Workshops in visual arts, acting, song writing, musical performance & more!
To register or for more information contact the Grand Coteau Centre:
440 Centre Street, Shaunavon
Register Early - Limited number of spots available.
Download the Evergreen Arts Camp Registration Form
We greatly appreciate the support of Evergreen Arts Camp funders & partners:
The History of the Grand Coteau!
The Grand Coteau Museum was established in 1931 by a group of volunteers interested in preserving our history before it disappeared. The Museum has a rich history of it’s own and through the past 90 years has continued to grow it’s collection and it’s program offerings to the community. It has expanded to become the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre which includes our natural history and heritage museum collection, an art gallery, the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library, as well as a community meeting space.
Visit the GCHCC History page to learn more about our museum’s history - including why we have the name “Grand Coteau”!
Photograph Archives Online
The Grand Coteau Centre archives includes over 3,300 photographs relating to the history of Shaunavon and area. We are pleased to now make this collection available online.
High resolution digital files of these images are available for purchase from the Grand Coteau Centre. Please contact us for ordering information.
The Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library is located in the GCHCC, adjacent to our gallery space. The library is another hub of our community and offers free internet access, regular children’s programming, IT help, computer sessions and much more. The Shaunavon Library is an inviting and cozy locale for meeting friends and relaxing with a good book.
The friendly librarians will be happy to help you with research and computer usage. Interlibrary loans are available for titles not currently held on location.
Hours of Operation:
Monday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 Noon. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Heritage Walking Tour
Walk with us through a part of Shaunavon’s history.
Staff and volunteers of the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre have created a walking tour of some of Shaunavon’s historic buildings. The tour features 20 historic sites, all located within walking distance of beautiful downtown Shaunavon.
Printed tour brochures are available at the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre (440 Centre Street), or you can click here to be directed to the Heritage Walking Tour page on this website.
THE GRAND COTEAU HERITAGE & CULTURAL CENTRE SERVES AS SHAUNAVON'S TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
440 Centre Street
Hours of Operation:
May 1 to June 30: Monday to Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
July 1 to September 30: Monday to Saturday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
October 1 to April 30: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Admission is Free, but Donations are Appreciated.
The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre houses the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library, an art gallery, natural history and heritage rooms as well as a community meeting room.
The Centre is open year round and continues to provide visitors with a variety of cultural experiences.
The Grand Coteau Centre is a hub of activity, as evidenced by the number of vistors which reached an astonishing 10,000 in 2008.
Our spacious 1000 ft. gallery features art exhibitions by local, Saskatchewan and Canadian artists. Many of our shows are from the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s (OSAC) Arts on the Move program. A full listing of OSAC visual arts touring exhibitions can be found on their website, osac.ca
New exhibitions are featured every one or two months. Exhibitions are subject to change without advance notice.
A donation box and guest book are located in the gallery. Please be sure to sign your name and leave us your comments regarding the current show!
GCHCC works collaboratively with the Shaunavon Arts Council to present visual and performing arts in our community. Please check out the Shaunavon Arts Council page for information on the current performing arts schedule.
- January & February, 2022: Gallery Closed for Renovations
- March 1 - April 27, 2022: AWE - Art With Equity Artwork by Long Term Care Residents - sponsored by Shaunavon Dental Centre, Dr. Andrew Stoll
- May 1 - 27, 2022: Milan Gerza: Anti-Universe
- June 1 - 27: Tekeyla Friday: Metis Claymation
- July 1 - August 26, 2022: Dean Bauche
- September 1 - October 23, 2022: Hanna Yokozawa Farquharson: Calling
- October 31 - November 10, 2022: Legion Poster & Essay Contest Entries
November 15 - December 23, 2022: Holiday Art Show & Sale
2023 Exhibitions (confirmed to date):
- May 1 - June 23, 2023: Madhu Kumar: The Stories of Immigrant Women
- July 1 - August 23, 2023: Edie Marshall: Moving Landscapes
- September 1 - October 23, 2023: Melanie Monique Rose: The Flower People
- October 30 - November 10, 2023: Legion Poster & Essay Contest Entries
November 14 - December 22, 2023: Holiday Art Show & Sale
- January 1 - 23, 2021: Miriam Körner with Bernice Johnson-Laxdal: When the Trees Crackle with Cold: p?simwasinahikan
- February 1 - 23, 2021: Donna Langhome: Common Truths
- March 1 - 31, 2021: Living Heritage (Nekaneet First Nation)
- April 1 - 30, 2021: Photography of the Late Gary Houston
- May 1 - June 23, 2021: Geoff Phillips: Plantscapes of the Prairies
- July 2 to 31, 2021: Where the West is Still Wild - sponsored by Standard Shaunavon
- August 1 to September 23, 2021: Family Ties
- October 1 - 29, 2021: Exploring CQ: A Journey Through the 10 Cultural Clusters - sponsored by SaskCulture/SaskLotteries_
- November 1 - 10, 2021: Legion Poster & Essay Contest Entries
November 16 - December 22, 2021: Holiday Art Show & Sale
Museum - Natural History Room
Museum - Heritage Exhibits
Our early settlement collection features artifacts significant to Shaunavon’s history. Permanent exhibits include The Crystal Bakery, Agriculture, One-Room Schoolhouse, Everett Baker, Communication, Illerbrun Church, Textiles, Home Life, Work Life, Early Policing and General Store.
A photographic exhibit entitled, “Why Here”, highlights the establishment of Shaunavon in 1913. From bald prairie to town status in less than six months, Shaunavon earned the title of Boomtown. Other exhibits we have displayed at this time are Millinery and Shaunavon Memorabilia. A future permanent photographic Coal Mining exhibit is under construction.
Community Meeting Room
A meeting room is located in the basement of the GCHCC, and is available for rental. The space can accommodate up to 50 individuals. A television, DVD player, slide projector and screen, coffee pots and washrooms are available for use upon request. The space is well-lit with a great deal of natural light as well.
Full Day: $75 plus GST
Half Day: $40 plus GST
Full Day: $50 plus GST
Half Day: $25 plus GST
60% reduction for Non Profit Groups Call 306-297-3882 for booking information.
Art Programming: Many of our monthly touring art exhibitions come to us through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s Arts on the Move program. Please see our Art Gallery information above for a complete schedule of upcoming Art Gallery Exhibitions.
School Tours of our museum pioneer and natural history room exhibits can be arranged at any time by contacting our Program Coordinator, Tammy Willman at 306-297-3882.
- The entire collection of The Shaunavon Standard newspaper, dating back to 1913
- Photographs including collections from local residents, past and present
- Old town photos
- History Books - a large collection of history books from all over the Southwest and Saskatchewan
GCHCC offers research services concerning individuals, organizations and/or businesses from Shaunavon’s past. The Centre’s staff & volunteers can assist individuals or organizations seeking this information and we will attempt to fill each request as best as possible.
Please contact us if you wish to discover more about Shaunavon’s past.
Donations for research requests are welcomed!
STAFF AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
Director of Culture: Joanne Gregoire
Contact Joanne for sponsorship and donation opportunities and general information about the Centre.
Program Coordinator: Tammy Willman
Contact Tammy for information on gallery exhibitions, school tours and community programs
Collections Manager: Kelly Attrell
Contact Kelly if you have any questions or donations related to the Centre’s historic, archival and natural history collections
Research Volunteer: Kathleen East
About the Grand Coteau Centre
The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre is located in the heart of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. The Centre houses a museum, art gallery and the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library. Our collection is multi-disciplinary, including artifacts relating to the human history of Shaunavon, fine arts and natural history specimens of the area. A variety of programs and tours are offered in association with our collection, making us more than a collection of objects. Tours are offered on a regular basis throughout the year to school students and can also be provided to other groups upon request. Through our educational programming, we are able to provide opportunities for our public to enjoy the arts, as well as the natural history and the human history of our area.
GCHCC is also a popular locale for community events and special programming including Family Day, I Love Shaunavon Day, Canada Day, Boomtown Days, Halloween and the Parade of Lights.
Board of Directors:
Brent Michelson - President & Shaunavon Town Councillor
Robert Anderson - Vice President
Joe-Ann Ruetz - Secretary
Nolan Klassen - Shaunavon Town Councillor
The name of Shaunavon’s Museum, “Grand Coteau”, comes from the title “le grand coteau” or grand slope of the Missouri, as applied by the explorer Le Verendrye to the area stretching from Kincaid to Govenlock.
The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre officially opened Saturday, July 12, 1980, but had its origin as the “Grand Coteau Museum” which was organized on December 6, 1931 at a meeting convened in the court house in Shaunavon.
During the period from 1931 to 1957 the exhibits were housed in one room of the old two roomed school house on the school grounds just west of the older brick school. The period from 1936 to 1957 was a dormant one and only F.O. Bransted was left with enough interest to take visitors to view the exhibits.
In 1957 the work of reviving the Grand Coteau Museum was undertaken. The School Board gave the building to the Town of Shaunavon for $1.00. The Chamber of Commerce, with financial help from the Town and the Shawnees, moved the building to its present site in the small park on Centre Street and renovated the building. C. Busse, acting for the Chamber of Commerce, organized this phase of the work. The operation of the museum was turned over to a management committee with representation from the Town, Chamber of Commerce, Public School Board, High School Board, Separate School Board, School Unit No. 7, Shawnees and two members at large. This management committee began their work on July 2, 1959 and the museum was again officially opened in 1963, at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Town of Shaunavon. Even at that time the thought of incorporating the library was considered. In 1972 the basement was completed with grants from the Federal Government and the Town of Shaunavon.
In 1973 preliminary plans were started to provide more space as it was obvious that a heritage type of museum was needed by the community. In June of 1976 the cataloguing of all exhibits was started with the help of a special project grant from the Department of Culture and Youth and the able management of Janice Douglas, an anthropology student from the University of Alberta. The natural history cataloguing was completed in 1977 by the management committee.
In November 1977 the Town Council called a meeting to hear presentations on the announced Neighbourhood Improvement Program (NIP) and the Grand Coteau Management Committee made representation to have the enlargement of the museum to include an art gallery and the branch of the regional library considered as first priority. The plan received the approval of the Town Council and the new municipally operated facility was opened in 1980 with the guidance of a Board of Directors, and Director/Curator. Today the staff has expanded to include a Curatorial Assistant and volunteers.
The Centre now includes the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library, an art gallery, a natural history museum and tourist information centre all on the main floor; a heritage museum in the basement which also includes a general purpose community room.
The Centre continues to be open year round and offers a variety of cultural experiences. Stop in and visit us when you are in town.