Please note that the Museum and Gallery will be closed for the festive break fron December 23-26. Both buildings will reopen with their regular hours on December 27.
New Developments for Fall at Original Humboldt
For a place with so much history, there is always something new at Original Humboldt! Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the leaves and take a drive out to this National Historic Site, just a few kilometers west of Humboldt. Watch for the billboards sponsored by RONA on either side of Telegraph Road!
This summer, the Original Humboldt Committee completed work on several projects. This included completing a replica of the telegraph line to show visitors what this thin, fragile piece of wire would have looked like. The telegraph line was an important part of the development of Canada as a nation and the station played an important role in the 1885 Resistance.
Access to the site is always foremost in the minds of the Original Humboldt Committee. Through funding provided by Conexus, the Committee was able to install a second walkway to provide access to the northern part of the site, where the military encampment was and where the new grave storyboard and marker are. The new walkway is one more step in the plans to create a circular walking trail through the site to all the installations and points of interest, including the reinstated native natural grasses. Thank you to Conexus for helping us to continue this vision.
Did you know that the Original Humboldt site has a geocache? Even if you have been out to find it before, it has moved so head out again! For more information on this, check out the geocaching website or contact the museum.
The Original Humboldt site is open to the public all year. To find out more about the site, stop by the Humboldt & District Museum to pick up an Original Humboldt booklet free of charge. If you are interested in supporting the site through volunteering or through a donation, please contact the Museum at 306-682-5226 or email@example.com for more information. Keep an eye on our website for information on upcoming events and updates on the site!
Thank you to Conexus for sponsoring the second walkway at the Original Humboldt site! This new walkway provides access to the northern end of the site. Thank you to the Conexus representatives who were able to join us during the great weather to visit the site and enjoy the new walkway!
Thank you to Rona for sponsoring the new billboards along Hwy 5 for the Original Humboldt site! The signs look fantasic! Check out the new developments the Original Humboldt Committee is working hard on at the site for the summer!
August 12, 2015
Thank you to all the places of worship in and around Humboldt who participated in the Churches Doors Open event on August 9. It was wonderful to be able to see the diversity within the community and to be welcomed with such friendly smiles into all of the churches. Thank you as well to all the people who visited the places of worship.
July 11, 2015
We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the refurbishment of the Humboldt & District Gallery! We are extremely pleased and proud to have won the 20th Annual Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Award in the category of Rehabilitation for the conversion of the Merchant's Bank of Canada into the Art Gallery. Thank you to the Museum and Gallery Foundation headed by Chairperson Wanda Lefebvre, the Museum & Gallery Board headed by Chairperson Carol Oleksyn, the City of Humboldt and all the other supporters of this project. Mayor Malcolm Eaton (far right), Museum & Gallery Director Jennifer Hoesgen (second from right), Board Chairperson Carol Oleksyn (centre) and Foundation Chairperson Wanda Lefebvre (second from left) attended the award ceremony where they received the award from Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofiled (far left).
June 25, 2015
Thank you so much to Hergott Farm Equipment for lending us a tractor and trailer for the Summer Sizzler parade! We had a great time!
June 6, 2015
Come check out our two new display cases on cameras and tea cups, designed by our amazing summer students, Paige and Allison!
It's National Volunteer Week and we at the HDMG would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers! With 2065 hours of volunteer time, our volunteers are certainly no slackers! They have participated in archaeological digs, bbqs, coffee parties, chili sales, fashion shows, concerts, the Festival of Wreaths, contributed to exhibits, helped with installing and transporting exhibits, and helped with reception duties, among other things. With these contributions, we are able to maintain our exciting events and programs. And again, thank you!
Here are some of our volunteers helping out at various events!
April 11, 2015
Here are two great articles written about the events at the Gallery last week, one on the Opening and Artists Talks and one on the Women's Art Night! Thank you again to both our artists for coming and talking. And thank you Lindsay Arnold for hosting the first Women's Art Night! We had a great time!
April 2, 2015
Thank you to Lindsay Arnold and Sharon Eisbrenner for the great artists talks!
February 19, 2015
Congratulations to the City of Humboldt for winning second place at the recent Saskatchewan Municipal Award ceremonies for the revitalization of the Merchants Bank of Canada into the Humboldt and District Gallery! The support from a huge number of people and from the community all worked together to create the space we have now. Thank you to everyone!
Check out the video that was made for the award ceremony!
Left – right: MLA Kevin Phillips, Mayor Malcolm Eaton, City Manager Roy Hardy, City Councilor Sandy Weyland, City Councilor Linda Mattock, City Councilor Leon Fleischhacker, Chairperson of the Museum Foundation Wanda Lefebvre, City Councilor Roger Nordick, Chairperson of the Museum Board Carol Oleksyn, Director of the Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery Jennifer Hoesgen, Dale Swirsky, Northeast Regional Manager representing the sponsor of the award Affinity Credit Union, and SUMA President Debra Button.
February 13, 2015
The City of Humboldt is accepting applications for an energetic and creative person to fill the role as full-time Cultural Programmer, based at the Humboldt & District Gallery. This position includes the development of arts and cultural educational and public programming, including school tours. Candidates should have prior experience in developing educational and/or public programs, data entry procedures and research projects, which require excellent communication and public relations skills. The wage for this position will be in accordance with the C.U.P.E. Local 2359 Agreement.
Applicants must submit a complete resume with references by 4:00 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Jennifer Hoesgen, Director
The City of Humboldt thanks all applicants in advance, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
December 2, 2014
Thank you to Table 18, JoAnn Spence, Kristen Rainey and their students for the fantastic concerts at the Gallery for the Festival of Wreaths! What amazing talent our community has! Thank you to everyone who came out to hear these shows and to the Friends of the Museum for the delicious baking!
Thank you to everyone who came in this weekend for Sports Day in Canada and to see our new Sports Exhibit! Very special thanks to the Humboldt and District Sports Hall of Fame for sponsoring the new exhibit. Located on the second floor of the Museum, the exhibit is open the same hours as the Museum (Tues-Sat, 1-5). Stop by and learn about the history of sports in the area and some of the people who have made it a great place to play!
November 21, 2014
Great news! The Gallery has just won second place in the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards! These awards are given for excellence in inventive projects undertaken by communities. Check out the article written by the Humboldt Journal's Melanie Jacob speaking to Museum and Gallery Director Jennifer Hoesgen. Jennifer highlights how important all of the support we receive is, so a huge thank you is due to our volunteers, fundraisers, visitors and artists who have made sure this project is a success.
November 14, 2014
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who have helped set up the Festival of Wreaths and to all the generous donors who have provided items for auction. The show is up, so come in and have a look at the seasonal offerings and maybe put down a bid or two! And don't forget, our first free concert is this Monday, November 17 at 7:30. Our hours are also longer while the Festival is on display. We are open Tuesday to Saturday at 12 and open late on Thursdays until 8. If you can't get down to the Gallery to see the show, don't forget you can view all the items and bid on them using our website.
October 31, 2014
The Museum and Gallery would like to extend a huge thank you to Vincent Murphy for his performance of "Tommy Goes to War" at the Gallery on Wednesday evening. His thoughtful writing and emotional portrayal of the costs of war really made the story come alive. Thank you Vincent for sharing this story with us. Thank you also to the Friends of the Museum who presented the performance and the Humboldt Journal who sponsored it.
October 21, 2014
We would like to say a huge thank you to the people who made our second Fashion Show such a great success! Special thanks to Wanda Lefebvre and Lana Muggli for all their work organizing this amazing event! The sold-out crowd enjoyed the beautiful clothes from Brickhouse Clothing, the treats organized by the Museum Foundation and the beverages sponsored by Tim Hortons. Thank you to our models and all the volunteers who helped make the evening such a wonderful experience. All proceeds from the event went to the Museum Foundation which provides funding for capital projects at the Museum and Gallery.
September 30, 2014
Thank you to all our wonderful performers, artists, volunteers and participants this past weekend at Culture Days! Photos to follow soon!
September 6, 2014
Our local artist Mel Bolen has been accepted into the International Ceramic Competition in Mino Japan. His salt glazed piece will be included in the exhibition and catalogue with an honourable mention. Mel will be attending the opening of the exhibition in Japan September 11 & 12.
Congratulations to all our Homegrown Community Art programs participants on a successful show and a great evening at the closing last night! Thank you all for your beautiful art and thank you to the Friends of the Museum who sponsored the program.
September 2, 2014
Congratulations to Tanner Hall for winning the Summer Scavenger Hunt Draw! Tanner won a $25 gift card to Reel Attractions sponsored by the Friends of Museum. He made this awesome card to thank the Friends! What a great drawing of the Museum!
We have another cool video thanks to our summer students! Watch the Gallery be transformed from a bank building into the fab space we have now!
August 29, 2014
Check out our new video on the yourHDMG channel! Take a tour of Urban Lukan's new murals thanks to our summer students!
Thank you to Darlene Tuleta for her amazing concert last night! This show marked the end of our Sounds of Summer Concert Series for this year. Thank you to all who came to support these shows and to the Friends of the Museum who sponsored the series.
August 28, 2014
The Homegrown Community Art program has had another great summer session - and with the beautiful new gallery space to work in, our artists couldn’t help but be inspired!
This exhibition, A Third Helping, showcases the beautiful work produced in the Homegrown Community Art classes held this summer. This summer’s program included classes for children between the ages of 7 and 12 in various techniques and themes like stop motion animation, printmaking and art history spoofs. Youth and adults classes were busy with batik painting, drawing, painting on fabric and more. These artists have worked hard - and had fun doing it!
In this exhibition, you will find:
Tidy Up Art - this zany art-making method was created by comedian Ursus Wehrli. In this method, Wehrli deconstructs Modernist paintings or everyday objects and reorganizes them into groups ordered by colour and size. In this exhibit, you will see the efforts of Brenda Whittaker and Jean Price to add a little tidiness to some everyday objects!
Sun Painting - these beautiful pieces were created by painting light-sensitive paint onto pieces of cotton and silk, then laying objects on the fabric and exposing the paint in the sun.
Art History Spoofs - the artists in this class recreated famous historical paintings by creating costumes out of swathes of fabric and arranging themselves to mimic the composition of the painting. In some of the pictures, the artists changed one or two details to modernize or ‘spoof’ the original painting. You will find the artists’ reimagined images at the top of the display, with prints of the original paintings underneath.
Drawing - there are two impressive collections of drawings. One collection features the beautifully detailed drawings of seed pods and starfish done in a combination of charcoal, paint, and pen and ink by the adult drawing class. The other collection showcases the talent of the children’s drawing classes as they drew people and natural objects - all of these amazing artists are between 7 and 12 years old!
Batik Painting - these bold paintings are made by covering a painting with black ink and then washing it off. It takes courage to cover up a beautiful painting with ink, but as you will see, it was well worth it for these brave artists!
We are grateful to the Friends of the Museum and the City of Humboldt Community Grant program for their generous support of the Homegrown Community Art program!
August 19, 2014
Check out the cool stop-motion videos from our Homegrown Kids Art Program!!