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Heritage Village Project
The Onoway and District Historical Guild received major funding to begin the Heritage Village Project with a $50,000 grant from UFA's Rural Communities Foundation.

The money was used to help build a pole frame shed which will house various pieces of antique farm equipment. The shed was built during the summer of 2020 and a ribbon cutting was held in September 2020.

See photos, more details and a video by going to this link <https://rcfufa.com/projects/#onoway>.

Pole Shed
Ribbon Cutting

Rural Communities Foundation chair Harvey Hagman (centre) joins Brian Turnbull and Hazel Bourke of the Onoway Museum in cutting the ribbon on the new equipment shed.

Fashion and Fabrics Exhibit at the Onoway Museum


Does anyone sew their own clothes anymore? Not likely. It's so easy to go to the mall, to the big box outlet, online and find what you want.

Not so 50 years ago. By the 70s, there had been some major changes in the fashion and fabric world. Perhaps the biggest change had come as a result of World War II. Synthetic fabrics had been developed and used in military supplies such as parachutes; then, after the war, polyesters became available and popular. No longer was home-sewn clothing limited to cotton, wool, linen, silk. And these newer fabrics meant that cheaper clothing could be readily purchased. So ... good bye to the treadle sewing machine and clothes that Mother sewed for all members of the family, for all occasions.


Onoway Museum is showcasing these changes in its current exhibit "Fashion and Fabrics". This is a look at the styles dating back to the early 1900s (when women always wore long sleeves and high-neck collars) through to the hippy era (when it was cool for men to wear plaid bell-bottomed pants). Find out how fabrics have changed, how sewing has changed. Then take a look at what people around you are wearing today – blue jeans with deliberately torn knees, low-cut dresses – and think about how clothing has evolved. Stop by the Onoway Museum and enjoy looking back.

                            Velvet Outfit
Circle Skirt

Green velvet outfit

Note the covered buttons on this elegant velvet and gabardine two-piece outfit with batwing sleeves.

Circle skirt

By the 1960s the "short" circle skirt was high style. It was worn with nylon stockings with a seam down the back. (The seam had to be straight!)

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