Welcome

Welcome! You may just be browsing our website, but to us, you’re already a visitor.  You’re about to discover cherished antiques and the most extensive collection of early Brandon, Manitoba photographic history – in an historic setting.  Enjoy your visit!

Hours of Operations

September – June Hours:
Tues to Sat:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

July – August Hours:
Mon to Sat:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sun:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Note: Second and Third floors are not wheelchair accessible.

Cost

$6 Adults,
$5 Seniors, Students & Children

School Tours

$2.50 per student and $3.00 per adult ( Teachers free)

School group tours must be pre-booked two weeks in advance

 

150 Years of Quilting Traditions

 

Heritage quilts on display at Daly House Museum until September 19, 2017

Daly House Museum New Quilt Exhibit – 150 Years of Quilting Traditions

 BRANDON, MB – Eileen Trott, Curator of the Daly House Museum, announced today that the Museum has launched an exciting new quilt exhibit in their Community Gallery to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.  The exhibit is now open and runs until September.

The exhibit is a 150-year retrospective on quilting.  The oldest piece is dated 1850 – a delicate kaleidoscope of muted silk triangles hand stitched together.  The newest piece is dated 2015 – a provincial prize-winning and eye-popping queen size quilt using peacock colours of brilliant turquoise, purple, and royal blue.

Century Barns of Canada Quilt by Verna Sparks

In between the oldest and newest are approximately fifty quilts of various sizes, shapes, textures and patterns.  Some are familiar – remember ‘Sunbonnet Sue’, ‘Wedding Ring’ and ‘Log Cabin’?  Many were done as gifts for family members to commemorate special occasions – graduations, weddings and births.  And some are unique and personal.  For example, ‘Barns’ quilt, designed and constructed by local quilter Verna Sparks, was done to commemorate the centennial of the More Farm near Hartney, Manitoba.  Depicting farm scenes, it was made from 223 different fabrics and 130 yards of silk ribbon.

When people enter the Community Gallery a consistent reaction is, ‘Wow’.   A powerful wall of colour, texture, and pattern hits their eyes.   If you love quilting, you will love this exhibit.  Even if you don’t love quilting, you will appreciate the creativity, work, and love that went into creating these amazing quilts.

This exhibit is supported by Nifty Needlers, a Brandon quilting group, as well as by many enthusiastic members of the community at large.

Daly House Museum, which showcases Victorian era furniture and artifacts on three levels, is located at 122-18th Street and is open from 1 PM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Saturday.  Those hours will be expanded for July and August.  Please check the website for details. The quilting exhibit will run until September 19, 2017.

 

Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba

First Nation Performers at Brandon Summer Fair c.1910

Daly House Museum is excited to announce our upcoming summer project and fall exhibit Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba.

The project is a special Canada 150th exhibit that will explore the recreational and community activities of Brandon and Western Manitoba citizens around 1910.  It will compare how those activities and the community has changed over the past one hundred years.

 

 

Brandon Turf Club Races c.1910

 

Daly House Museum holds a significant collection of photographs from c. 1910 depicting Brandon and rural area activities including Dominion Day sporting events, First Nations demonstrations at the Brandon Summer Fair, the Brandon Lawn Tennis Club and trips to the Pelican Lake resort at Ninette, Manitoba.  These historic and one of a kind photographs provide a unique opportunity to develop an exhibit that explores the social lives of Brandon and Western Manitoba citizens during when Brandon and the province was changing into the modern age.  The exhibit is also an opportunity to explore the importance of these activities in today’s society and how social norms related to these activities has changed.

Our goals for this exhibit is to display the historic images with supporting archival documents and artifacts beside modern images, stories and loaned artifacts to create an exhibit that highlights the following themes Sports Events, Country Excursions and Activities, Clubs, and Community Fairs.

As a fun add-on to this exhibit, we are extending a fun contest through social media to the public.  More information can be found on our Facebook page

Pelican Lake Beach c.1910

 

 

 

As a part of our community’s celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Daly House will hold a special opening for the public when the exhibit opens in October 2017.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, and extraoridinary leaders from coast to coast.

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAINT NITE FUNDRAISER

 

Daly House Museum to bring “Paint Nite”, newest recreational Trend, to Prairie Firehouse

Do you need a night out to relax with friends?  Would you like to combine your night out with artistic flair and take home a painting you have created yourself?  Then Paint Nite is the event for you.

On May 11 at the Prairie Firehouse on Princess, Paint Nite will be in Brandon.  A facilitator will provide canvass, brushes, and paint and will walk you through the creation of your own “take-away” masterpiece.  No artistic ability or experience is needed!  While you are there, you may order drinks and food from the regular menu.

“It’s a great opportunity for a mother-daughter experience,” explains Shari Dressler, Board member for Daly House Museum and organizer for the event.  “Coming right after Mother’s Day, the event makes a great gift”  The event is not just for mothers and daughters.  It’s an opportunity for anyone, of any age, to socialize with friends over a fun activity, while supporting the Daly house Museum.

“Paint Nite” is an international organization formed to help non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts.  The cost for the event is $45, of which $15 goes directly to Daly house.  The fee includes all supplies and the services of a facilitator.  The event begins at 7 PM and runs about 2 hours.  Registration must be made in advance through Paint Nite’s website, https://www.paintnite.com/events/_1172753.  Dressler adds that if people need help navigating the Paint Nite site they can call Eileen at the Museum (204-727-1722) for assistance.  “Paint Nite tends to sell out quickly, adds Dressler, “so sign up as soon as possible.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support your local museum.”

 

Kaleidoscope: Embroidery through the Generations 1867-2017

 

Timeless Art of Embroidery Featured in Newest Exhibit  

February 28, 2017 to April 15, 2017

Brandon, MB – From now until April 15, Daly House Museum will be featuring the exhibit, “Kaleidoscope: Embroidery Through the Ages” in their special exhibit room in the Museum.  The exhibit, curated by the Brandon Embroiderers, is a tribute to the art of embroidery in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

In keeping with the theme, the exhibit emphasizes the timeless art of embroidery, while detailing how the art or craft has changed over the last 150 years.  Women of all cultures and times have decorated their homes with embroidered household items, and clothing has been lovingly ornamented.  At one time needlework was taught as much as the three R’s, and a woman was valued if she could master the skill.  In the 1950’s, thread became very affordable and women bought iron-on patterns and kits as projects.  Lately, embroidery has changed, as new threads and materials are available.  What was a decorating practice has become an art on its own.  Embroidery is often personalized and used as mementoes and as gifts.  Sylvia Barr, co-curator of the exhibit proclaims enthusiastically, “when you scan the room from old to new, you can really see how embroidery has changed.  It’s become much freer, more personalized, more artistic.  Much less reliant on rules, kits, and patterns.”

The passion for embroidery is evident when one speaks to Darlene Tufts-Dunlop, current president of the Brandon Embroiderers.  Tufts-Dunlop finds the experience of embroidering “de-stressing” as she often puts on relaxing music as she stitches.  But working in a group situation is also rewarding.  Members meet weekly and have developed strong friendships as they work, socialize, and share techniques.  “Belonging to the club is an opportunity for growth,” says Tufts-Dunlop, who hopes embroidery won’t become a dead art.  She welcomes the opportunity to learn from people with greater expertise.  “Their work is inspiring.”  Members have travelled to conferences to expand their knowledge. Summers generally feature a “stich-in.”  The club always welcomes new members.

The exhibit illustrates the variety of techniques and highlights cultures such as Japanese, Ukrainian, and Chinese.  There is a piece from India which was created by men. Some of the modern wall hangings are more like “media” that one would find in an art gallery.  For example, one group member created a small framed hanging called “Boston Leaves” to commemorate an experience she recently had with her grandchildren collecting leaves in a park.  Another, “Tundra Treasures”, was inspired by a trip to Canada’s far north.

The exhibit runs until April 22 at the Daly house Museum, 128-18th Street.  Regular admission rates apply.  Call the Museum at 204-727-1722 for more information or to book a tour.

Master Gardeners-in-Training Program

Did you know?

… that the garden at Daly House Museum is a recognized training site for Master Gardeners-in-Training?   In order to achieve the Master Gardener designation a student must complete a 40-hour supervised apprenticeship and/or community garden project along with 40 classroom hours and pass a national examination.  

For more information contact us at 204-727-1722 or dalymuseum@wcgwave.ca

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Summer Events

Final Children's Program Poster 2016

 

Come spend your Wednesdays with us at the Daly House! We have some cool and fun days planned so that you and your child can come peer through the looking glass and experience early 20th Century Brandon Manitoba!

Our Schedule

July 6 – Canada’s 150th – Come learn about how Brandon became what it is today! Learn about people like Thomas Mayne Daly, the original owner of Daly House.

July 13 – Behind the Scenes – Come be a curator for the day and learn how the museum works!

July 20 – Children in the Victorian Era – Come live like children during the Victorian Era! Learn how to embroider with members of the Brandon Embroiders Guild. This one is a joint day with Heritage Day so come both days for extra fun!

July 27 – Heritage Day – Have fun learning about heritage crafts and make your own embroidered craft to take home! Make your own Coat of Arms too!

August 3 – Technology: Then and Now – See how technology has changed since the Victorian Era. Come play some games like Crokinole and learn about the art of shadow puppets! Make a kaleidoscope and play telephone!

August 10 – Sherlock Holmes – Come do a scavenger hunt in the Daly House! We’ll make magnifying glasses and hunt down clues to find artifacts!

August 17 – Garden Party – Come for a tea party and learn all about proper etiquette. We’ll make pressed flowers and suncatchers!

August 24 – Pioneer Day – Play “Will you Survive?”, bean bag toss, and learn how to write with quills. Bonus points for the kids that come dressed up with their lunch in a pail!

August 31 – Pioneer School – We know that school’s coming back, but why not kick it off with seeing how school was like in the pioneer days? Come dressed up for extra fun!

Book as soon as you can to guarantee your spots! It’ll be a blast from the past! Hope to see you there!

Strawberry Social Tickets On Sale Now!

Daly House Museum will be serving up a delicious dessert in their garden when they host the fourth annual STRAWBERY SOCIAL on the evening of July 14, 2016. Patrons will be able to enjoy the ambience of the garden, listen to music, and chat while servers in period costumes serve strawberries and cake.

Event sittings are at 7:00pm and 8:30 pm in the garden at Daly House 122-18th Street.  Tickets are $10.00 each for non-members and $9.00 each for members.

If you have not experienced this sensational event, do not miss your chance this year, come join us  and enjoy everyone’s favourite treat of fresh local strawberries and homemade shortcake!

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Guests at the 2015 Strawberry Social

Please call 204-727-1722 to reserve your tickets as seating is limited!

Winter Garden Update

Yes, gardening at Daly House Museum has turned into a year-round activity.

On Saturday, November 28th, a group of garden volunteers enjoyed hot apple cider and cookies after putting up a ‘grove’ of lighted artificial Christmas trees in the yard and a ‘Merry Christmas‘ChristmasLights in the Victorian Garden banner.   We hope the display will add some cheer to passing pedestrians and motorists and will shine a little extra light on Daly House Museum.   The trees were given to Daly House Museum from Samaritan House where they had been donated from a business, and the City of Brandon has agreed to store the trees when not in use.  We are very grateful for this generosity and support.

On Thursday, November 26th, Sylvia Barr attended Crocus Plains School to meet with the current Horticulture class.  She expressed gratitude on behalf of Daly House Museum for all their past support and presented a table top display of the 2015 garden highlighting all the plant materials that had been started in the greenhouse at Crocus Plains School.  The students and staff enthusiastically agreed to again allow their greenhouse to be used for community support in 2016 – both Daly House Museum and Samaritan House.

Horticulture students from Crocus Plains RSS preparing for their spring plant sale by planting geranium cuttings donated by Marcia Wiebe and coleus cuttings donated by Sylvia Barr.
Horticulture students from Crocus Plains RSS preparing for their spring plant sale by planting geranium cuttings donated by Marcia Wiebe and coleus cuttings donated by Sylvia Barr.

We look forward to working with the students – it’s a blast!  And their support makes a valuable contribution to Daly House Museum and to the community.

Happy gardening!  We have many ideas for enhancements in the garden next year at Daly House – stay tuned.

Sylvia Barr, M.G. Garden ‘Straw Boss’

Brandon Gun Club & Pigeon Pie

Brandon Gun Club c. 1913
Brandon Gun Club c. 1913 Source: Brandon Sun Collection, Daly House Museum

The Brandon Gun Club (pictured left) in the early 1900s held annual tournaments at the club on the outskirts of Brandon. Events at these tournaments involved shooting pigeons for a small fee.  The June 17, 1909 Brandon Sun reported that a warm up shoot for $0.25 was gave the participant the chance to shoot ten pigeons. If you were a big spender your could enter the sweepstakes for $20.00 and try to shoot twenty-five pigeons  After the tournaments the pigeons were collected for pigeon pie and other related meals.

If you’ve ever wondered what pigeon pie tastes like here is a recipe from the Museum’s 1901 Home Queen Cookbook for you to try.

Pigeon Pie

Prepare the pigeons for roasting, and put a lump of butter in each one. Border a pudding dish with puff paste. Lay veal cutlet or a cut of tenderloin steak in the bottom of the dish. Place a layer of pigeons, breast downward, in the dish. Chop 5 hard boiled eggs and cover the pigeons with them. Put in a little veal broth, enriched with butter. Cover with a puff crust, and bake slowly for 1 1/4 hours.

 

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