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Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum

Learning 6 to 4 Early Rural Schools of Temiskaming

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. Available now through the Museum or the book store in Cobalt. Download PDF order form hereDownload your order form here.

2016-art display

This year the museum was 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.

2016- Eatons display

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:

Claybelt Tapestry Vol 3

Claybelt Tapestry Vol 3. Continuing our series on the place, institutions in our area's past. Included in this volume are histories of our rural churches, the Drive-In Theatre, the Markham Excursion among many others. Many hard-to-find pictures of places that are no more.

Hilliard School Reunion, July 2, 2016

Hilliard School Reunion, July 2, 2016.. Compiled by Hilliard School Reunion Committee.

Harold and Elizabeth Hie-New Liskeard's First 100 years

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

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.

McCool Shool cover

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 cover

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.

Donate through Canada Helps or simply mail cheque to the Museum

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.

Visit our gift shop

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.