Forty years ago on June 9, 1978 Daly House Museum opened to the public for the first time. We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary of preserving the community’s history on July 25, 2018 with a Strawberry Social. Join us under the lamp-lit towering elms of our Victorian Garden for luscious strawberry shortcake, cold lemonade, and iced tea. Entertainment that evening will include the ballads of kilted Scottish vocalist Callum Morrison and Brandon’s own Ukulele Group.
So please join us for a lovely evening to acknowledge Daly House Museum’s contribution to the rich and nuanced history of Brandon. This commitment over the past 40 years and hopefully well into the future is to be commended. The importance of the collection is both invaluable and intriguing … truly a unique experience for young and old alike!
The Strawberry Social will be held on Wednesday July 25 2018, in the Victorian Garden at Daly House. There will be two seatings: 7:00 pm and 8:30pm. For tickets or more information, please call Daly House Museum at 204-727-1722 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, and probably for the final time, 7 Ages Productions will bring their signature style of dinner theatre entertainment to Daly House Museum’s annual fundraising dinner. In this year’s production—entitled, “Voices of Our Past: Graveyard Conversations Dinner Theatre”—the actors will portray real-life historical figures from the Brandon area, bringing Brandon’s unique history alive for the audience.
“Brandon’s history is much more rich and nuanced than a lot of people realize,” says Trish Buri of 7 Ages Productions. “There are a plethora of intriguing stories and people—including some really surprising ones. We can’t tell the entire history of Brandon in one evening, but we hope to provide a good overview.”
In keeping with the dinner theatre format, the actors will remain in character throughout the evening, mingling with the guests before dinner, conversing with them during dinner, giving individual character presentations after dinner, and taking questions from the audience.
The dinner will be a homestyle meal complete with roast beef and mashed potatoes. Red and white wine will be served. There will also be a 50/50 draw, with proceeds going to Daly House Museum. Guests are also invited (but not obligated) to attend Daly House Museum’s Annual General Meeting following the dinner.
The dinner will be held on March 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall. Tickets are priced at $50 for members and $55 for non-members and will be available until March 3. Daly House Museum is happy to offer a $25 tax receipt for each ticket purchased. All proceeds will go to benefit Daly House Museum and will be put toward exhibit curation, program development, archival management, and ongoing operations.
Mayor Thomas Mayne Daly was Brandon’s first mayor, and lived with his family in what is today the Daly House Museum. He started one of the first law firms in Brandon that still exists today! The law firm of Meighen Haddad, today’s descendants of Thomas Daly’s law firm, are generously sponsoring this event so that citizens of Brandon can enjoy the party at no charge. Featuring games and musical entertainment, the celebration begins at 7 PM on August 16 (Thomas Daly’s actual birthday) in the garden. There will also be displays and birthday cake. It’s an event the entire family can enjoy.
Admission is free, but entrants must have a ticket, obtainable from the museum. Please hurry to order yours, since attendance is limited. For more information, or to pick up your tickets, please call the museum at 204-727-1722.
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!
Please call 204-727-1722 to reserve your tickets as seating is limited!
Place: Ukrainian Reading Association Hall 1005 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon, MB
Tickets: Members $35.00, Non-members $40.00 ( a $20.00 tax receipt available upon request) Call 204-727-1722 to order.
Ticket Deadline: March 1, 2016
Sharpen your sleuthing skills! Daly House Museum presents a chance for you to use them in a fun-filled Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: “Death at the Royal Albert.” The event takes place on Saturday, March 5 at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall. Fare includes a complete roast beef dinner. The interactive murder mystery will be staged by local theatre group, 7 Ages Productions.
Beginning at 6 PM, guests will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of historical characters. At some point in the evening, a “murder” will take place, and guests will have the opportunity to solve it. In addition to the murder mystery, there will be draws and prizes. The Daly House Museum’s Annual General Meeting will follow, and all members are invited to attend.
Set in Brandon in 1883, the murder mystery will feature historical figures from that time period, including one of Brandon’s earliest residents. Actors from 7 Ages are busy preparing for the event. Proceeds from the evening will go to Daly House Museum, to support the archives and research for future exhibits.
Daly House Museum is truly one of Brandon’s cultural treasures. Don’t miss your chance to support it and have a great evening. Tickets are only $40 for non-members and $35 for members. Charitable receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. Call 204-727-1722 to order your tickets. Deadline to order is March 1.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our fundraising dinner and AGM is coming up on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall 1005 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba. In addition to a great home style meal, we will be featuring a dramatic presentation entitled ” Nellie McClung and the Woman’s Parliament.” featuring Karen Chrest as Nellie McClung.
Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at Daly House Museum 122-18th Street. Call 204-727-1722 to order your tickets today!