Theodore Historical museum
Orignally located alongside the railroad back in the day, it has since been moved to the entrance of the village and is the local museum. The Theodore Historical Museum is located in a rare type of CPR station of the PRATT design. Built in 1902, the station now houses artifacts from the community and area, as well as items of general historical value.
The Theodore Museum Revitalization project has begun under the direction of Bruce Frederickson. Essentially the plan is to develop the front room of the building including the kitchen area into a type of community drop in center. The room at the north end of the museum wojuld be reserved exclusively for the museum artifacts. The full basement area would be developed into a community recreation area which would include pool tables, shuffle board, ping pong tables etc. We will need volunteers for almost everything in every facet of this project. Those who can paint, artistry, calligraphy, artifact restoration, preparing word documents, making displays, welding and fabrication, printing and laminating to name a few.
Tentative floor plans will be on display at the museum for those who wish to view them in more detail. All donations of labor and money will be publicly acknowledged on a main board in the museum. All donations over $20 will be issued a tax deductible receipt. If you want to be a part of restoring history
Contact Bruce at:
These pictures show the museum renovations to the end of October 2023. This work represents about 900 hours of volunteer labor, 600 hours for myself and 300 hours for the paint crew consisting of, Joan Jest, Cindy Schmelinsky and Annetta Westerhaug, all of Theodore. This has only been possible due to the many private donors who have so generously donated funds for this restoration project. If you would like to contribute a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause please contact the Village Office at (306) 647-2315. I would recommend that you designate whether you want your funds to go towards building maintenance and repair or to the current project which involves the interior renovations and the artifact restorations.
Theodore Museum Restoration Project -
The restoration work on the window and door casings has been completed and now we are working on the baseboards. These baseboards are nothing like the modern ones used in present day homes, but are 1” x 8” clear fir. Removing them without damaging them was next to impossible, as some of them split longitudinally in as many as 2 or 3 locations. With the wood being 120 years old and many of them were nailed with 3 inch finishing nails, 3 nails spaced about a foot apart, this presented quite a challenge. To repair them we had to drill holes in several locations across the 8” depth. Drill bits had to be lubricated for every hole as the wood is so hard and dense that the drill bit would smoke and burn from the friction. We had to do the same when we installed the 4 inch screws so that they didn’t strip or break off. After that the surface was given a light sanding to roughen the varnished finish. Then the holes were repaired with filler and then spot sanded. After that they receive a coat of primer and then 2 coats of paint before being reinstalled on the perimeter of the walls. In an effort to keep it as original as possible we are restoring all the door and window hardware. Recently completed on the list the restoration projects include the original CPR artifacts: The railroad crossing sign, the signal arms and the original wooden bench from the station waiting room.
Updates: As of Oct. 31/2023
As of the end of October, the structural repairs to the museum foundation have been completed. This was possible by a 50% grant from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.
On another historical note: The museum has a total of 25 books written by a local resident who was a WW2 veteran. Eddie Boulter and his book 'Mosquito To Berlin' is an account of his personal experiences as a bomber pilot in the RAF. Eddie was born and raised in Theodore before moving to England. During the War Eddie flew the famous De Havilland Mosquito Bomber in which he particpated in 48 combat missions, including 19 night time bombing missions over Berlin. The book details his accounts and how he survived. The books on hand are all personally autographed by Mr. Boulter and is a true collectors item.
*For the Months of November and December we have a special fundraiser for the Theodore Museum Revitalization Project. For every one who donates a minimum of $100 to the Heritage Fund, we will give you one of these collector item books by Eddie Boulter. Why not pick up one of these fine books for your own collection or perhaps as a Christmas gift for someone special. You can contact the Village office to make your tax deductible donation at 306-647-2315 or email at - firstname.lastname@example.org. You would be responsible for shipping costs.
If there are any questions about the book, or the museum you can contact Bruce Frederickson at 306-621-1276 or email via: email@example.com. You can get a hold of Bruce as well if you'd to volunteer some time this winter to help with any of the restoration projects under way. Our goal is to open May Long Weekend of 2024.
Thank you to following Donors who have helped keep this project going:
* Oct. - Dec./2021 - Ralph Urban, Grant Frederickson, Bruce & Diane Frederickson, Anonymous, Betty Karpiuk
* Jan. - Mar. 2022 - Isabell Reznik, Ann Crawford, Ralph Urban, Alvin Hornstein, Lloyd & Marion Ockochinski
* Sept-Oct 2023 - Neil and Sandra Leonhardt, Garry & Diane Gawryliuk, Bernice Kotzer & Anonymous.
WHITESAND REGIONAL PARK is NOW CLOSED for the season! - Click on the online link below for more information
Whitesand Regional Park is located alongside the shores of the Whitesand River.
Day - $6
3 day - $15
Season - $45
Call the office for camping fees / golf fees and any other information/ booking campsites: 306-272-7939 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disc Golf! An 18 target disc golf course was added to the existing golf course! Regular golfers have the right of way since they tend to hit farther. There are marked trees and red targets throughout the course. Three discs are used for play, a driver disc, midrange disc and a putter disc. They are available at the park office for use (with a deposit of $60) Once the discs are returned you are refunded the $60. Check it out!
Mini Golf is back! The mini golf course has been refurbished and ready for game time! Drop in and play a round when you get the chance! Only $2 for a round of mini golf!
**HIKING TRAIL*** It encircles the entire park and is a great way to get some exercise and some great views of the outdoors! Be sure to check it out this year!
There are electrical well-treed campsites, and non-electrical sites, group camping and picnic area, Nine hole golf course, firewood, playground, showers, ice, concession, fish filleting facilities, shore fishing boat launch, and fishing licenses.
VISIT THE WHITESAND PARK ONLINE - click on the link below
- WHITESAND REGIONAL PARK LINK -