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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.

Part of the logging exhibit

Our main exhibit features a logging display filled with logging artifacts and an example of a logging camp kitchen. Logging was an important step to settlers farming in Temiskaming. The trees had to be cleared before the land could be planted. There was a ready market for the trees and lumber as building materials and as exports.

The museum is excited to have on display 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.

This will be the final year for the Cursive Writing, A Dying Art display. 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.

We have many local history books for sale in our gift shop including Claybelt Chronicles Volumes 1 through 8; Claybelt Tapestry Volumes 1, 2, 3; Claybelt Memories Volumes 1 and 2; Dymond, Harley, Hilliard, Kerns and Hudson Townships; Milberta, Hilliard, and McCool Schools reunion books; Memories from Milberta Alexander Memorial United Church; and a reprint of Agricultural Temiskaming 1910, A Pictorial Visit of New Liskeard's First 100 Years 1903-2003, 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:

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.

Bees & Mosquitoes, Do You Remember? and Places We Call Home Three memorable reprints from Nora E. Craven

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.