Welcome to the
Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum
The Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum continues its work in capturing the early history of the area by compiling the information and pictures for 63 early rural schools in Temiskaming. Download your order form here.
This year the museum is excited to have an exhibit of many paintings by local, non-famous painters. These paintings have been donated to the museum or have been graciously loaned to the museum for our exhibit.
Cursive Writing, A Dying Art is also one of our new displays. We have put on view some of our paper artifacts from the early 1900s. These include minute books, school rolls, school notebooks, hand written letters and legal forms. Cursive writing is a dying art as it is no longer taught in most schools. Included with these papers is a display of ink bottles and fountain pens.
This will be the final year for our displays of early 1900s clothing, the history of the T. Eaton Company, and the dairy display. Visitors can still enjoy our small theatre which features a selection of local videos.
We have many local history books for sale in our gift shop including Claybelt Chronicles Volumes 1 through 8; Claybelt Tapestry Volumes 1, 2, and now 3; Claybelt Memories Volumes 1 and 2; Dymond, Harley, Hilliard, Kerns and Hudson Townships; Brethour Township 80th Anniversary booklet; Milberta S.S.#1A Kerns School and McCool School reunion books; Memories from Milberta Alexander Memorial United Church; and a reprint of Agricultural Temiskaming 1910, as well as other souvenir and gift items. We are continuing our work on Claybelt Chronicles and this summer we will be interviewing more seniors who have roots in our area. We are happy to announce that we have new books available for sale:
The Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum needs your support. Memberships are only one way you can show your support. Donations are another way. Support for our fund raisers, purchases from our Gift Shop, even sponsoring special exhibits, go a long way to help. Volunteers are needed in a number of areas.
Most of all, we'd like you to visit us at the Museum. See for yourself what is happening. Admission is free, and the history is yours. Make this the year you come to see it all for yourself.
Founded in 1974, and moved to its present location in 2000, the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum offers unique insights into the history of the region. Exhibits are changed periodically to reflect what we know of pioneer life in the area from the 1880s through the 1950s.
Open during in the summer months, admission is free as the museum operates on donations at the door, sales from the Gift Shop, and through community efforts. As a tourist visiting, the insights add a lot to your visit in the area. As a resident, it is reassuring to know that our ancestor's efforts are being recorded, preserved and made available for research.
Support our museum by visiting, volunteering, or sponsoring. Email here to volunteer, or discuss a project you might like to pursue. To become a member, go here to get the membership form ($15 individuals/ $25 family). To assist with a donation of artifacts, contact us at the museum. We issue charitable receipts for cash donations.
The exhibits at the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum reflect all aspects of life as pioneers, including commerce in the area. From farm implements to household items, toys,dental equipment and weather displays, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Tours are available and may be booked in advance during our open season in the summer months. Call us at 705-647-9575.
The history is yours.
Make this the year you come to see it all for yourself.