Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre

In the Gallery - Edie Marshall: Moving Landscapes

In the Gallery - Edie Marshall: Moving Landscapes

SHOWING: January 5 to February 23
Tuesday to Friday - 9: a.m. to 5: p.m.

Edie Marshall is an established Saskatchewan landscape painter of sensitivity and skill. Over her career she has explored different ways to interpret landscape, movement, and the passage of time. It is immediately apparent in her paintings that Marshall is not a tourist on the prairies, but someone who has a long term, intimate relationship to this place. Her particular talent lies in her ability to evoke multi-sensory experiences for the viewer, allowing them to be fully immersed in the landscapes of our prairie home.

This exhibition is toured through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program.

Coffee Chat

Coffee Chat

Coffee Chat is held on the
First Friday of Every Month at 10:00 a.m.

at the Grand Coteau Centre Gallery

Friday, February 3 - 10:00 a.m.
TOPIC: The Lost Art of Cursive Writing
Many of our childhood memories would not be complete without the mention of cursive writing practice sessions - but in today’s digital era, is cursive writing becoming a lost art?
Come and enjoy our Archives Week Gallery Exhibition showcasing items from our museum archives that feature cursive writing. You’re invited to bring along your own items to show, and share your stories, memories, and thoughts about the Lost Art of Cursive Writing.

Coffee, Goodies, and Great Conversation!
Everyone Welcome!

SASKATCHEWAN ARCHIVES WEEK

SASKATCHEWAN ARCHIVES WEEK

Celebrating Saskatchewan Archives Week February 5th to 11th!

Explore our Archives Week Gallery exhibition showcasing items from our museum archives that feature cursive writing: letters, autograph books, minute books, school books, and more. Consider the history and the future of cursive writing - is it becoming a lost art?

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to Archives Week Grant Program funding through the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists, and Sask Lotteries in partnership with SaskCulture.

“Without archives many stories of real people would be lost, and along with those stories, vital clues that allow us to reflect and interpret our lives today." Sara Sheridan

A Beginners Guide to Modern Calligraphy - A Shaunavon Me Time Event

A Beginners Guide to Modern Calligraphy - A Shaunavon Me Time Event

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre Gallery (440 Centre Street)
Cost: FREE

At this relaxing calligraphy class - instructed by Tammy Willman, GCHCC Program Coordinator - you’ll learn about the key tools, materials, and skills needed to create beautiful hand lettering - then have time to practice the modern calligraphy style.
Zero experience required.
All tools and supplies will be provided, just come out and enjoy some “Me Time”!

Enjoy music, coffee, and treats while you practice calligraphy!

Limited Spots Available: If you wish to attend, please register by calling 306-297-3882 or emailing programsgchcc@sasktel.net by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 6.

Many thanks to SCAA (Saskatchewan Council for Archives & Archivists) and SaskLotteries in partnership with SaskCulture for their funding support of this Me Time & Archives Week event!!

Please note that Me Time events are geared towards adults ages 18+.

Me Time

Me Time

The Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre, Shaunavon Library, Shaunavon Wellness & Leisure Committee and Economic Development Committee have partnered to create a novel community program called Me Time!

The Me Time initiative’s slogan “Together – for the health of it!” focuses on bringing community members together to connect one another through activities to enhance our individual health and well-being.

Follow the Me Time Shaunavon page for more details on events and programs being offered in the coming months!

November Me Time Calendar

In Memory of Joe-Ann Ruetz

In Memory of Joe-Ann Ruetz

A fond remembrance and tribute to Joe-Ann Ruetz – Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre Board Member, dedicated community volunteer, devoted supporter and advocate for the arts, trusted advisor, and beloved friend.

Joining the GCHCC Board in 2003, Joe-Ann had served as Secretary since 2006. Joe-Ann’s experience and love for the GCHCC made her a valued Board member. She rarely missed a Board meeting, but her commitment went much further than that. She was always the first to volunteer (herself and her husband or family!) to assist with events and fundraisers – usually the first to arrive and the last to leave, stacking chairs on her way out – never seeking recognition, and often shying away from the camera!

Aside from the volunteer activities mentioned above, Joe-Ann spent countless hours at the GCHCC – assisting staff with research requests, working on special projects, participating in training opportunities, attending events, and more. She was our rock – supporting and encouraging directors, staff, board members, and volunteers – always available for a cup of coffee or a phone call.

As if contributing her time was not enough, Joe-Ann and Alan were always the first to purchase tickets or donate money to GCHCC fundraising efforts – particularly our recent vertical lift project which was near and dear to Joe-Ann’s heart. We are so pleased that she was able to attend the grand opening and participate in the official first ride in the new lift!

We are deeply honoured that the GCHCC has been chosen as one of the organizations to receive donations in memory of Joe-Ann. With the funds collected we plan to begin “growing a musical garden” in Joe-Ann’s memory on our front lawn – a project which will see the installation of outdoor musical instruments and a memorial bench where we know that Joe-Ann would have loved to sit and enjoy watching people play.

Many other community organizations have also benefited from Joe-Ann’s contributions – her dedication to service and support has touched many lives. She has inspired and motivated all who had the pleasure to know her and has earned respect and gratitude from those she has served.

Rest in peace, dear Joe-Ann, you will be greatly missed.

You may view Joe-Ann’s obituary on the Binkley’s Funeral Service website: https://www.binkleys.com/obituaries/Joe-Ann-Ruetz?obId=25063636#/obituaryInfo

The History of the Grand Coteau!

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

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.

Click here to view the photograph archives online.

Shaunavon Library

Shaunavon Library

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.

Phone: 306-297-3844

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

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
Phone: (306)297-3882

Hours of Operation:
May 1 to June 30: Monday to Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
July 1 to September 17: Monday to Saturday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
September 18 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.

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

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.

2023 Exhibitions (confirmed to date):

2022 Exhibitions:

Museum - Natural History Room

Museum - Natural History Room
Natural Sciences: The GCHCC natural history collection features mammal and bird specimens common to southwest Saskatchewan. The natural history collection was the focus of the Museum during its early years and continues to appeal to tourists and local residents. Many of the specimens date back to the origins of the museum in the 1930’s. Many of the exhibits are displayed in a diorama depicting the natural habitat of the species on display.

Museum - Heritage Exhibits

Museum - Heritage Exhibits
The Museum houses archaeological material from a primary butchering site in South Western Saskatchewan that contains bison material and some stone tools.
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

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.

Rental Rates:
Full Day: $75 plus GST
Half Day: $40 plus GST
60% reduction for Non Profit Groups Call 306-297-3882 for booking information.

Artist Rates:
Full Day: $50 plus GST
Half Day: $25 plus GST

Education/Archives/Research

Education/Archives/Research

Education:
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.

Archives:

  • The entire collection of The Shaunavon Standard newspaper, dating back to 1913
  • Obituaries
  • 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

Research Requests:
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
email: directorgchcc@sasktel.net
Contact Joanne for sponsorship and donation opportunities and general information about the Centre.

Program Coordinator: Tammy Willman
email: programsgchcc@sasktel.net
Contact Tammy for information on gallery exhibitions, school tours and community programs

Collections Manager: Kelly Attrell
email: heritagegchcc@sasktel.net
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

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
Jenna Hiebert - Secretary
Nolan Klassen - Shaunavon Town Councillor
Terry Olesen
Sandy Fritz
Tara Lingenfelter
Marla Poisson
Hester Groenewald

History:
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.

Annual Report 2021
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