Welcome to the
Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum
Opening June 14th for the summer. Open Tuesdays through Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Mondays.
We have four new displays this year including a display of clothing from the early 1900s, an Eaton's display outlining its history, a display celebrating 400 years of Francophone history in the area, and we have set up a small theatre where visitors can enjoy local videos from the past. Our dairy display continued for this season.
We have many local history books for sale in our gift shop including Claybelt Chronicles Volumes 1 through 8; Claybelt Tapestry Volumes 1 and 2; 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 four new books available for sale:
A Pictorial Visit of New Liskeard's First 100 years 1903-2003. Compiled by Elizabeth and Harold Hie, contains photos of the past and present of buildings, schools, hospitals, homes, floods, sports and more.
Claybelt Memories Volume 2, stories from previous generations, published by the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum. These are stories which were written by previous generations who have passed on, stories documented by family members, an organization, the Temiskaming Speaker or the Tweedsmuir Histories. Family names include: Bateson, Drummond, Gray, Johnson, Rice, McKnight, Newton, Sumbler and many others.
We Were There- McCool School. Memories from a reunion in August 1992 written by a group of people on the reunion committee. Includes the history of the school, the names of many of the teachers and students, and written memories from many of the former students.
Milberta School, S. S. # 1A Kerns Township 1900-1961 researched and compiled by Sherron (Jibb) Lloyd for a 60 year reunion in 2001. Reprinted by the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum. Includes a history of the school, a list of the teachers, many photos of students and teachers, and information taken from various sources which mentions events and students from Milberta School over its sixty years.
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.