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!
… 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.
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‘ 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.
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.
Warm up by the hearth at Daly House Museum and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas decorations, toast the season with a cup of hot mulled cider by the wood stove in the historic kitchen and nibble on special holiday treats.
Adults $6.00, Seniors/Youth/Children $5.00, Family (two adults and three children) $12.00
Donations for the cider and holiday treats are appreciated.
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.
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.
Saturday Afternoons January to April 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(except Saturday March 5, 2016)
There is a seat for you and your friends at Daly House’s historic kitchen table on Saturday afternoons this winter. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of our lovely 1880s home. Included with regular admission.
Yuly or “Julie” came to Brandon from Colombia five years ago and is now, proudly, a Canadian Citizen. Married with a seven-year-old son, Yuly is an archivist by profession. Since her English is limited, Yuly decided to become involved in the community as a volunteer, both to contribute to the Brandon Community and to improve her English. We are so glad she decided to volunteer!
In the last month, Yuly has been working on data entry, helping to catalogue items, and has just taken on a huge project – translating our tour guide into Spanish. There are over 3,000 Spanish speakers in Brandon, and Yuly hopes the availability of the guide in Spanish will help them feel more comfortable at the Museum.
In addition to helping at Daly House, Yuly volunteers at the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre and at the daycare at Westman Immigrant Services.
“I love Brandon and I love Canada,” says Yuly. “People are so polite in Canada, and in a quiet city like Brandon, I feel safe.” To others thinking of becoming volunteers, Yuly has this advice: “It’s a great experience – a way to improve skills and to learn about Brandon and its history.”
On Saturday November 7, 2015 Shoppers Mall will proudly host an exciting night of exclusive holiday shopping in their annual community fundraising event.
Holiday Magic is a one night, three hour long shopping, entertainment, treats and fantastic prize ladden affair!
Entrance is limited to ticket holders who can purchase their tickets from selected non-profit organizations in Westman.
Tickets are $5.00 each and 100 percent of the sales stay with the ticket seller’s non-profit organization.
This is an event not to be missed as shoppers will take advantage of one night only specials and offers from participating retailers, entertainment, indulge in treats and a chance to win fantastic prizes!!
For more information or for tickets please call us at 204-727-1722 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Coldwell and the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild
Volunteering was an integral part of wartime service for Canadian women during the First World War. As women were traditionally excluded from combat roles joining a voluntary service organization was important for women who wished to be seen as throwing their support behind the nation at war. It was also a way for them to deal with their grief or as a form of relief from the agony of waiting for news on their loved ones at the front.
Women in Brandon had a number of organizations they could participate in to support the war effort including the Canadian Red Cross, the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire and the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild (QMNC). Founded by Queen Mary on August 21, 1914 the Guild’s goal was to specifically help with supplying ‘comforts’ for all serving soldiers and sailors. After the formation of the Brandon Branch of the QMNC on January 12, 1915 the Brandon Daily Sun reported that the Guild “works particularly for the little orphan children, helpless victims of the war, whether British, French or Belgium, and for the sailors of the great British Fleet, as well as soldiers of the army.”
The Guild operated once weekly out of a room at the Bank of Montreal. Here local members would sell membership pins and accept donations from surrounding Guilds organized in local communities such as Oak Lake, Rapid City and Souris. Some of the donations the Guild accepted included shirts, handkerchiefs, socks, tobacco, cocoa, chewing gum, candy, and soap. One month after forming the Brandon Guild sent 167 garments overseas. Four months later the Brandon Sun reported that the Guild had collected 405 garments and raised $109.00 the equivalent of $2,534.10 today. The Guild also had collected hospital furnishings including bed sheets, pillow cases, quilts, and pillows for the Brandon cot at the Cliveden Military Hospital built by the Canadian Red Cross in England. The Guilds efforts were often acknowledged in letters from Queen Mary to Founder and President Mrs. G.R. (Annie) Coldwell.
Annie Coldwell the wife of Brandon lawyer and MLA G.R. Coldwell and the mother of POW Lieutenant George Alfred Coldwell was very active during the war with local voluntary organizations. She founded the Brandon Branch of the Canadian Red Cross and participated at fundraiser teas hosted by members of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. However, her real passion during the war was the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild. As president of the local Queen Mary’s Needle Guild, Annie Coldwell opened her home at 122-18th Street to the public to raise funds in support of the war effort. Today her home is our Daly House Museum and it was the site of fundraising teas, musical recitals, sewing classes and meetings for the Guild.
As part of our efforts to recognize the sacrifice made by our citizens during the Great War Daly House will be hosting a patriotic tea on November 7, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in our dining room. We will be decorating the house just as Mrs. Coldwell decorated her home for teas in benefit of the QMNC. Members of the Brandon Embroiders will be on hand to demonstrate hand sewing. There will also be musical entertainment and homemade refreshments served on vintage china. Tickets for the event will be $15.00 each and are available now at Daly House Museum. In keeping with the goals of the Guild in providing relief to those in need a portion of the proceeds will go to Samaritan House. For more information or to reserve your tickets please contact Eileen at 204-727-1722 or email@example.com.
Our brand new exhibit, Ceramics: Settling the Prairies opened Thursday, September 3rd, 2015. This exhibit has been a two year labour of love on behalf of our Exhibition Intern Franchesca Hebert-Spence and the Museum is ecstatic to showcase our expansive Victorian ceramic collection in this fashion. The exhibit seeks to understand the dynamics between the budding city of Brandon, the waves of immigrants coming to Canada and the effects imports had on available tableware. The exhibit features a variety of collections like Spode, Madalta, Blue Willow, Belleek and Staffordshire, just to name a few.
For more information on the exhibit, please contact the Museum at 1-204-727-1722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.