The General Store

Posted by on May 24, 2012

The General Store

I n 1911, Edson was a boomtown complete with many general stores to provide for the needs of the settlers coming to live in the area. The store highlights artifacts that could be purchased within Edson prior to 1940 including a Victrola record player, a butter churn, a quack machine, a beaver top hat and many...

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The Blacksmith Shop

Posted by on May 24, 2012

The Blacksmith Shop

Before the time of big box stores and assembly lines, the blacksmith was one of the most important people in a community. The blacksmith was responsible for making hinges, pots and pans, cutlery and of course horseshoes. The blacksmith display portrays what a shop in Edson might have looked like and is also complete with a forge and an anvil from the Edson area, two of the blacksmith’s most important...

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The Livery

Posted by on May 24, 2012

The Livery

Edson was home to a wide selection of liveries of varying sizes provided housing for horses and also renting horses out. But the liveries in town were definitely not one trick ponies. They provided many other services such as draying, camping and fishing outfitting and the storage of goods. Lloyd and Son Livery was one of the larger liveries in Edson which is why our livery is named after them. The livery is complete with the Galloway’s ‘horse with no name’, horse tack and a 100 year old...

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The Still

Posted by on May 24, 2012

The Still

Edson and the surrounding area was once the site and home to many bootleggers. One of the most prominent in the area was Jack the Frog. This exhibit shows how hooch is made and the story of Jack’s life in the...

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Downtown Edson

Posted by on May 24, 2012

Downtown Edson

Also known as 50th Street, downtown Edson was one of the first streets in the town and held some of the more prominent buildings that helped establish the town during the first few rough years of its conception. In this exhibit you can find the Canadian National Railway Station, Edson Hotel, Switzer’s Drugs, Barbershop and Poolroom and the Idyl Hour...

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Aboriginal

Posted by on May 24, 2012

Aboriginal

Courtesy of the Edson Friendship Centre, the aboriginal artifacts display clothing and tools from various aboriginal tribes throughout Alberta. This exhibit allows visitors to get up close and personal with aboriginal artifacts and learn about Aboriginal history throughout the Yellowhead...

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Printing Press

Posted by on May 24, 2012

Printing Press

The Press displayed within the display was built in 1873 and was once used to create the Edson-Jasper Signal newspaper in 1911. Visitors can test their hand out at printing using hand carved printing blocks, inking them and then stamping them on our...

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Our Natural World

Posted by on May 23, 2012

Our Natural World

Few places in the world have as great a diversity of wildlife as Alberta. The province boasts 587 species that are traditionally considered wildlife, including 10 species of amphibians, 93 mammals, 411 birds, 8 reptiles and 65 fish. British Columbia is the only province in Canada with a greater number of mammals. Our Natural World exhibit is a mountainous representation of the wilds of our region and features species that are native to our area. Built into the campfire are interactive display stations and above the fire hangs a giant tiger lily, which grows wild in the area. Wildlife information courtesy of Alberta Sustainable Resource and Development. Animals donated by the Evergreen Museum and Chad and Shane...

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Trapper’s Cabin

Posted by on May 23, 2012

Trapper’s Cabin

Trapping is an industry that is firmly rooted in Alberta’s history. Europeans trapping in Western Canada date back to the mid 1600s. As one of the museum’s exhibits, the Trapper’s Cabin gives an in-depth look at what life was like for a trapper in the early 1900’s. Complete with various native animal pelts and trapping equipment, this exhibit gives a hands on approach to lifestyle of a...

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Lumber Camp

Posted by on May 23, 2012

Lumber Camp

There were many lumber camps in the Edson area in the early 1900s, supplying the railways with much needed ties. The Erith Tie Camp on the Erith and Embarrass Rivers is highlighted in our display of the early lumber camps. Most of the artifacts displayed within the exhibit were donated by the Corser family who owned the Erith Tie Camp. The large pictures of the camp give visitors a sense of the hardship the workers faced as well as the vastness of the camp itself. For a more in-depth look at the life of the Tie Camp Worker, an interactive touch screen gives visitors even more information through pictures, sounds and amazing facts about the Corser family and others who worked at the...

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The Alberta Coal Branch

Posted by on May 23, 2012

The Alberta Coal Branch

The Coal Branch is a chain of almost abandoned mining towns along the eastern slopes of the central Canadian Rocky Mountains. However, it was once home to thousands of people, and was an important part of Alberta’s coal industry and remains a vital part of the region’s history. Visitors will be able to walk through a mine entrance and emerge into our industry room, complete with a smart board for watching historical movies on the area. There is also a Shell Gas Station portrayed within the room and coal mining artifacts on display. A touch-screen within the mine wall allows visitors to look into the life of some of the colourful characters of the Coal...

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Edson’s Railway History

Posted by on May 23, 2012

Edson’s Railway History

The beginnings of the Town of Edson are completely intertwined with the history of the railway in the region. The Galloway Station exhibit is a recreation of the original type ‘C’ station-house. The station house was moved to Edson and opened as the original museum in...

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