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.
You’re invited to the Artists Reception for our two exhibitions:
Small Works For a Big Land – in the Museum Gallery, featuring artists from around the province, and
The Living Grasslands – in the Cloakroom Gallery. Photography from renowned photographer, and Val Marie’s very own, James R. Page.
Reception begins at 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 27. We will have snacks and a cash bar. Admission is free! Come and meet the artists! We’re in the Little Red Brick Schoolhouse, 100 Centre Street, Val Marie.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
reading from Dollybird
Monday, June 10, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
— Pass the Hat Admission —
Winner of the WILLA Award for Historical Fiction. Shortlisted for the SaskPower Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014.
Set in 1906, Dollybird tells the story of pregnant Moira, banished by her embarrassed family to the Canadian Prairies. The term ‘dollybird’ meant either ‘housekeeper’ or ‘prostitute’ in the 1900s west. Twenty-year old Newfoundlander Moira Burns is determined to survive, and even thrive, in small town Ibsen, despite the stories that circulate about her past.
Join artist Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway and Buffalo People Arts Institute in Val Marie for buffalo hide tanning workshops and storytelling activities that support awareness and cultural sensitivity.
This is your chance to participate in a unique opportunity to help scrape and prepare a hide while learning the history of the buffalo and its significance to Plains Indigenous people.
Buffalo Hide Tanning | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 5
All ages workshop at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.
Pre-registration required for Wednesday workshop.
Please contact: (306) 298-4910 | firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
Both workshops are free to attend.
Common Weal Community Arts Respond to Racism program explores how the arts can provide tools to address racism by supporting education, bridging, and dialogue in communities across Southern Saskatchewan.
This programming is possible due to generous funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board Artist in Communities Residencies grant program, SaskCulture Inc., thanks to the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation, and with the support of our project partners: South West District for Culture, Recreation & Sport, Parks Canada, and Prairie Wind & Silver Sage.
For more information, please contact Common Weal Community Arts at (306) 780-9442.
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 Thursday, April 11, 2019. 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 Shari Hildred from Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation talk about their built heritage program, community engagement grants and more!
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 Executive Director; b) To receive financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018; 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 22, 2019 on behalf of the Board of Directors
Caitlin Mroz, Chair