Tool Time!


This collection was brought to us by Peggy Mansoff of Brandon, MB. These tools belonged to her husband, the late Gerald Leo Clark who began his collection during the Second World War. This is a E. O. Richter drafting set from 1939. Mr. Clark picked up this set in Germany during his service as a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot. Emil Oskar Richter (1814-1907) founded the firm in Chemnitz, Saxony after training as a clockmaker. In 1892, he patented his “flat system”, copied by many others after his patent ranout in 1905. The firm became VED Kombinat (stated owned) until 1945. This is a very intricate and well-kept drafting kit. IMG_9889 smallerIMG_9890 smaller






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The next tool kit is a micrometer set from Central Tools Co. dating back to 1912. The Central Tool Company (variously of Providence, Auburn/Cranston, RI) has a long history, beginning in 1908, trying to find niches in the highly competitive precision tools business. The company has since been in the same location since 1912 with early micrometers marked “Auburn” and later ones marked “Cranston.” The company, now named Central Tools is still operating and is still a family-owned/run business after over a century. This micrometer is marked with “Cranston” and has an interchangeable anvil set, with a range of 0-4”.

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The last set is a Tap and Die set for Ford automobiles. It was made by the Butterfield Co. & Inc. in Rock Island, Quebec. Butterfield Co & Inc. operated from 1879 to 1920 and opened an additional factory in Derby Line, Vermont in 1891. This set would be used to make nuts and bolts for Ford vehicles.

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Ojibway Woven Basket

This fantastic addition to the Daly House collection comes from Margaret Masar of Orofino, Idaho. She was a resident of Brandon back when the Museum was operating as The Maples children’s home. The story she tells is that the basket was given to her grandfather,Lt. Col. Francis Joseph Clark and was intended as a cradle for her uncle, William Francis McKinnon Clark. William was born on Aug 5, 1909 which makes the basket approximately just over 100 years old. Lt. Col. F.J. Clark had a distinguished military record, serving in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War in South Africa and leading a battalion in World War I. He later became a vibrant member of the community in Brandon’s foundling years, continuing his service to the arts and municipal affairs.
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Baskets of this kind are traditionally made from willow, ash or birchbark. This bassinette is woven with wicker, made from willow. Baskets are traditionally made starting with the base and working around the sides. The branches of the chosen wood would be picked and dried before production began. They would then be re-hydrated to make the branches pliable and workable during the weaving process.
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Basketry extended into the making of many other materials used daily including fishing nets, animal and fish snares, cooking utensils that were so finely woven that they were waterproof, ceremonial costumes and baskets, and even plaques.
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Through the Looking Glass: Flashback to a Victorian Summer

Children's Program PosterDaly House Museum’s new children’s summer program, Through the Looking Glass: Flashback to a Victorian Summer will be open for registration, beginning on July 8th, 2015.  The Museum is excited to put on a uniquely Victorian experience for children ages 5-12.

Our new summer program explores what it meant to be a kid before skateboards and iPads! This program demonstrates what it was like to be a child in the Victorian era. This includes how children helped around the house and how they played during their new-found free time. There is a wide variety of crafts and activities that children will love. Participants will go on a tour of the Daly House Museum, followed by a toy making session and outdoor activities.  Children will make crafts that reflect the era’s simplicity and practicality.

Join us in tracing the footsteps of a typical Victorian child, from doing outside chores like laundry and to playing parlour games and acting like the great Sherlock Holmes! Through the Looking Glass: Flashback to a Victorian Summer runs from July 8th, 2015 to August 28, 2015. It runs every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm, rain and shine!

Floral Arranging Demonstration at Daly House


You’re Invited to Spend a SUMMER afternoon in Daly House Museum Garden flower_arrangements_pastel_mix_flowers_free_delivery (1)for a Floral Arranging Demonstration by Edna Verhelst


DATE:                  Friday, July 24th

TIME:                   1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

PLACE                  Daly House Museum Garden, 122 – 18th Street, Brandon

What a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon.  Bring a friend.  Some finished arrangements will be donated to local health care facilities.  Extra arrangements will be given to participants.    


Smocks, Frocks and Covers Exhibit Opening Soon!

Daly House Museum’s new exhibit Smocks, Frocks and Covers will be opening to the public on June 20, 2015. The Museum is delighted to showcase eighty-two aprons personally collected by Helen Drysdale, director of the Beautiful Plains Museum in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Portuguese Apron on display in the "Smocks, Frocks and Covers" Exhibiit
Portuguese Apron on display in the “Smocks, Frocks and Covers” Exhibit

“I’ve always loved aprons.” explains Helen Drysdale. “I began collecting aprons when I discovered an unfinished flour sack in my late Mother-in-law’s belongings and it is an honour to share them with the public.”

Through the designs and styles of the aprons on display the exhibit questions society’s view that women’s handiwork is a craft rather than an art form. Each apron on display were made by individuals rather than mass produced on an assembly line. They reflect a moment in the life of their creator as the decorations, colors, and patterns were chosen by the individuals who would wear the aprons.

“When viewed as a work of art, there is a higher appreciation for the time and craft involved.” commented Franchesca Hebert-Spence, Daly House Museum Exhibition Intern. “And while the artists of these beautiful creations are maybe unknown, the flair and skill required to craft these pieces is evident.”

“The aprons showcased in this exhibit are not just an item that our Grandmothers or Mother’s may have made or worn but a reflection of the changing attitudes of society and the role of feminism towards the role of women.” stated Museum Curator Eileen Trott.

Children will be able to enjoy the exhibit as much as the adults through activities in a discovery kit related to the exhibit. The discovery kit will be available at the front desk for families visiting the Museum over the summer. Smocks, Frocks and Covers runs from June 20, 2015 to August 15, 2015.

Daly House Museum is the original home of Thomas Mayne Daly, the first mayor of Brandon. The house contains four floors of artifacts and archival materials representative of Brandon’s early history and the Victorian era. The Museum’s hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (July to August).

For further information please contact Daly House Museum at (204)-727-1722, or


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
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Note: Second and Third floors are not wheelchair accessible.


$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


Nellie McClung and the Women’s Parliament

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!nellie-mcclung2

Daly House/BU’s McKee Archives Partner for Historic Exhibition

Gowen’s Brandon: Then and Now

One of the many historic photographs taken by Frank Gowen of Brandon. This photograph is from the City of Brandon Collection held at the Magnacca Research Center, Daly House Museum.
One of the many historic photographs taken by Frank Gowen of Brandon. This photograph is from the City of Brandon Collection held at the Magnacca Research Center, Daly House Museum.

The Daly House Museum is pleased to partner with the S.J. McKee Archives (Brandon University) for the upcoming exhibit “Gowen’s Brandon: Then and Now.” Using historical photographs taken by Frank Gowen, a professional photographer in Brandon from 1906-1914, the project will compare Brandon during a period of unprecedented development (c. 1911) to the Brandon we see today.

Between 1900 and the beginning of the World War I, the city of Brandon’s population more than doubled going from approximately 5,600 residents to just under 14, 000. As a result, Brandon’s industrial, business and residential districts saw significant development in the first decade of the twentieth century. Frank Gowen, a British trained photographer known for his scenic images, arrived in Brandon at the height of this expansion. Partnering with photographer Alexander C. Davidson in 1911, Gowen produced a number of images that documented Brandon during this period of expansion. Featuring over fifty of these photographs, the exhibit will provide an overview of the city’s people, landscape, architecture and environment before World War I. With the help of local photographer Graham Street, we were able to replicate Gowen’s original images, capturing Brandon as it is in 2014. Gowen and Street’s images will be exhibited side by side to visually express the changing character of Brandon over the last century.

Over the last several months student assistant Morganna Malyon has been researching Brandon’s history and the content of the photographs. She will spend the fall months compiling this information and getting the photographs reproduced and ready for display. The exhibit is set to open early January 2015, and the photos will be hung concurrently between the Daly House Museum and the Tommy McLeod Curve Gallery on the second floor of the library at Brandon University. A documentary about the project, co-produced by Graham Street, Nate Bower and Shaun Cameron is set to be released by MTS Stories from Home at the time of the exhibit’s opening. We would like to take the time to thank the Manitoba Heritage Grant program for the generous grant made available to us. Without it this project would not have been possible. The Daly House Museum and the S.J. McKee Archives are both very excited about this project, and look forward to having it on display for the community.

The Exhibit will be displayed concurrently at the Exhibit Gallery at Daly House Museum and at the Curved Gallery at Brandon University from January 22 to April 30, 2015.  There will be a free to the public opening reception on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Prairie Culture Exhibit

 "Halfway Tree" by artist Jessie Fosty.  One of the many featured art works on exhibit at Daly House. December 2nd to January 10th, 2015
“Halfway Tree” by artist Jessie Fosty. One of the many featured art works on exhibit at Daly House.


Brandon University Students and Daly House Museum are proud to present “Prairie Culture”.  This exhibit features the art work of students studying in Brandon University’s Fine Arts Program.  In this display of diverse media the student’s explore and interpret prairie culture.



Prairie Culture is a theme that spans several topics such as the environment, physical geography,  political ideology and demographics.  The Brandon University Fine Arts students explore through their art the development, economy and people of the Prairies.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the Daly House Museum on December 5th at 7:00 pm.  The exhibition will run from December 2, 2014 to January 10, 2015

For more information please contact BUFASA Chair, Franchesca Hebert-Spence at 204-570-2396



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