Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum, offering a variety of services, including:
ECOMUSEUM — Our museum highlights the unique character of Grasslands, Val Marie, and the surrounding area through a combination of artifacts, mapping, photography, sound, and stories, incorporating historical, environmental, and cultural appreciation of both the land and the community. Expect to be engaged!
COFFEE BAR — Enjoy a cup of well-brewed espresso and home made treats for your coffee break, breakfast bagels and eggs to start your morning, or get together with a friend before or after a park tour. Internet access available.
BOOKSTORE — One of the best selections of titles of a regional nature you’ll find anywhere. Up-to-date and diverse. Books for all ages.
GIFT & CRAFT ITEMS — With quality crafts and gifts as well as locally-made products and other items that make perfect remembrances — for yourself or others. There is something for every age.
ART GALLERIES — Two galleries, each with an exhibition related to the region. Exhibitions change seasonally.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS — Every year we host a number of public programs interpreting our mandate, at the Little Brick Schoolhouse and in the community. Watch the News and Events page on our website for information.
PRAIRIE GARDEN — Staff and volunteers have worked hard over the years to create garden spaces featuring indigenous species of grasses and flowers.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is located in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, a heartbeat from Grasslands National Park. We are on Centre Street in the Little Brick Schoolhouse heritage building, across from the park Visitor Centre.
SPRING/SUMMER: Open 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
FALL: SEPTEMBER 1 – to the third weekend: Open 9 am – 5 pm, Friday to Monday. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
GROUPS: when possible, groups of 5+ people are advised to contact Prairie Wind prior to arrival to allow us to serve you better. Call 306 298-4910.
Dedicated volunteers of all ages clean up the prairie garden at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage after a long winter.
Prairie Wind opens for the 2018 summer season on May 16. We look forward to seeing you there!
What stories does your family have to tell? Are you interested in learning about the art of the oral history interview and how to document traditions in your family and community?
Join Kristin Catherwood, Intangible Cultural Heritage Officer with Heritage Saskatchewan, at the Village of Val Marie office on Tuesday May 15, 9:3o to 4:30 pm (with a break at noon), to find out how to collect and record oral history and oral traditions and how to use the information you’ve collected in projects. For a printable PDF of the workshop poster click HERE.
In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of Intangible Cultural Heritage, how to conduct an oral history interview, proper recording techniques, and what to do with the information once you’ve collected it, including how to use it in projects.
The workshop is free for participants to attend and pre-registration is required. You can register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-869-7353.
Kristin Catherwood is leading the Val Marie Elevator Living Heritage Project and introduced the project at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage’s Annual General Meeting in March. For more about the Elevator project click HERE.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is pleased to announce the appointment of our brand-new Executive Director Connie Sykes. Connie comes to PWSS with backgrounds and interests in education, community service, history and folklore, natural history, libraries and music. She lives in Frontier, SK and will be working both on-site at the Little Brick Schoolhouse and remotely. Connie will be at the March 26 PWSS AGM and everyone can meet her there. Welcome Connie!
PRAIRIE WIND & SILVER SAGE – FRIENDS OF GRASSLANDS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage – Friends of Grasslands will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018. REGISTRATION at 7:00 pm, MEETING at 7.30 p.m. at the Little Brick Schoolhouse, Val Marie, Saskatchewan.
Presentation and social to follow. Join Kristin Catherwood from Heritage Saskatchewan with a presentation on intangible cultural heritage, the Val Marie Elevator Living Heritage Project, and the upcoming public workshop Keeping Stories.
Membership is only $5 and gives you voting privileges. Membership not required. Everyone is welcome.
With PWSS’s own Black-Tailed Toonie Bar
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! TREATS!
AGM will be held for the following purposes:
a) To receive reports of the Board of Directors and Manager; b) To receive financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016; c) To appoint an accounting firm to act as external financial reviewer; d) To elect directors to the board (three to be elected for two-year terms); e) to transact any other business that may properly come before the meeting.
Dated at Val Marie, SK on March 4, 2018 on behalf of the Board of Directors
Laureen Marchand, Chair