||Events and Activities
Volunteers with the Didsbury & District Historical Society are all about having fun and love to host events and activities throughout the year that help us honour our Vision, which is to celebrate our heritage through interactive adventure and learning experiences.
While the pandemic has interrupted our usual flow of activities, in a normal year, this is what you can take part in.
- Coffee and Conversation (or Tea and Talk) - We bring in special guest speakers on anything from hockey to home restoration, puppetry, event ghost towns!
- Pie Social, Christmas Pudding Tea, Fashion Shows, Board Game Nights, Breakfast with Santa, Canada Day, Métis Week, and more!
- Alberta Culture Days - Participating with the nation and province as we showcase our heritage and the various cultures that helped settle Didsbury and Mountain View County.
- We love hosting sports clubs and community organizations in their team building or special lunches.
Participating in the Community
- Since 2011, the Didsbury Museum has hosted activities during the Mountain View Arts Festival in September. Since 2014, we have hosted "Scarecrows on Parade", a contest where families, businesses, and local municipal governments create their own scarecrow hoping for a chance to receive a People's Choice Award in their category. Definitely a highlight at the Arts Festival!
- We usually have a booth at the Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce's Annual Art, Travel, and Trade Expo each April. This is a great opportunity for us to visit with folks and share what's going on at the Museum.
- The Historical Society Board members donate food each December to the Christmas Hamper program.
- A fun evening for us is participating in Showcase Didsbury each September. Another booth, and another opportunity to bring awareness to the community.
- In honour of the veterans who served our country, the Historical Society participates in several activities, including:
- Invite knitters and crocheters to our Poppy-a-thon, a waterfall of poppies that hang on the museum building.
- The wreath laying ceremony during Remembrance Day services.
- Hosting the Bells of Peace ceremony on November 11th.
- We are responsible for the Veterans Banner Project, which displays banners of our area vets on the light posts throughout downtown Didsbury.
- We share artifacts with residents at both Aspen Ridge Lodge and the Didsbury Hospital.
- We bring in special exhibits such as "Opening Minds Through Art", Alberta Quilts, the Land Surveyors exhibit, as well as bringing in temporary art exhibits from local talent such as Dennis Weber, Elsie Archer, Robin Rohl, Cliff Thompson, Bill Anthony, Diana Steer, and more.
Meeting Needs of our Youth
- We look forward to classroom tours with students from all the schools in Didsbury. Our tours are guided by volunteers and we centre our topics to meet the needs of the Alberta curriculum.
- Interactive games and scavenger hunts.
- An evening of board games for families.
- Summer Fun Program - Gets our seniors and young people having fun together
- We open the Museum for our Didsbury High School grads. The artifacts and our front yard make great backdrops for memorable school photos.
Throughout the year, we try different events, times, and days in the attempt to attract a broad audience. With the support of our volunteers, town residents, and the municipal government, we know this can be achieved. If you have an idea for us, just give us a call. We'd love to hear from you!