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Biggar Museum & Gallery declared “Museum of the Year”

They were going to Kyle to be presented with the Museum of the Year award, presented by the Rivers West District for Sport, Culture and Recreation.
Cruickshank and McCafferty represented the museum, and Chamberlain, Archibald and Williams were representing the Biggar Branch of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, the organization that nominated the museum for the award.
The genealogists sat down at one of their meetings and made a long list of 43 reasons why they thought that the Biggar Museum and Gallery deserved the award.
Here are just a few of the reasons why the museum was awarded Museum of the Year:
Has a first class modern facility; Museum is open year round; Admission by donation only; Biggar’s Tourist Information Centre; Monthly art exhibits; Staff eager to give a personal tour of the history of Biggar; Runs a monthly “What’s It” contest; Active with museums in the West Central Museums Network; Both schools in Biggar visit the museum several times throughout the year; Mentors students from the Biggar Central School throughout the school year; Barbecue, Pancake Breakfast, Hay Ride, Hot Dog sales, cookie sales, pie sales and book sales fund raising events; Enthusiastic backing by many volunteers who bake for the fund raising events; Christmas Magic Silent Auction every year, becomes the place to get great gifts for the holiday season!; Tiny Tots come for Halloween; Created videos documenting the history of Biggar; Digitalization photos, and the artifact collection; A forward and hardworking Board of Directors; A wonderful enthusiastic staff.
The award was a one of kind art piece created by Rosemarie Stadnyk from North Battleford. Stadnyk has shown twice in the museum gallery, once as a participant in the annual art adjudication and another time she had a whole show of her own.
The Rivers West District for Sport, Culture and Recreation is an organization whose purpose is to enhance the delivery of lottery-funded sport, culture and recreation programming and services throughout the Rivers West District.
The Biggar Museum and Gallery is community minded and feels that the whole town shares in this award, as the museum is their museum.
In the front lobby of our museum there are many plaques with lots of names on them . . . when I first heard of our award, I envisioned the spirit of every one of those people in the lobby, accepting the award.
This building was purpose built as a museum to preserve, protect and present the history of Biggar and area for the community and to the world. And seems like we are doing just that, and people appreciate it!