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School Programs


  Guided Tour of Onoway Museum
  • Students learn about products that could be purchased at local stores, tools used by farmers, how laundry was done and food prepared, what school was like during the early 20th century.
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  Dairy Component of the Family Farm
  • Students will learn about children's farm chores before the time of rural electrification.
  • Students will experience the making of butter and then sample their fresh butter on crackers.

   Living Classroom

  • Travel back in time to the 1920s when blackboards, chalk and textbooks were the tools for teaching and learning.
  • Students will experience saluting the flag, rapid calculation, spelling bee, geography bee, copying exercises from the blackboard and other 1922 methods of learning.
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Note: Programs can be modified to fit curriculum requirements.

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Oral Histories

  • "Keeping Our History Alive" is a project undertaken in 2009 to record the stories of long-time residents of the Onoway area through face-to-face interviews.
  • A team of volunteers interviews and records on DVD individuals in order to get a picture of life as it was – life on the farm, school days, the organizations, the businesses, everyday life, special events.
  • Members of pioneer families, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders and "ordinary" folk are among the over 50 individuals recorded to date.
  • Copies of the DVDs are part of the museum Archives and are also available to the public at large on loan through Onoway Public Library
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Threshing Bee

  • Travel back in time to the days when horse-drawn hayracks brought stooks in from the fields to be threshed. Straw flies as the stooks are pitched onto the threshing machine; the strawpile grows and bags of grain mount up over the day.
  • Demonstrations of old-time crafts and skills such as blacksmithing and spinning wool, activities for children, and home-made pies are part of the fun for all ages at this annual event held on a farm near Onoway.
  • A display of antique tractors and vehicles rounds out this very popular event.
  • Threshing Bee is held in September.



Other Activities
  • Summer Programs - various events are planned during the summer such as butter making, old fashioned games, or scavenger hunt. Events are advertised at the Museum or on our Facebook page. Look for these in the coming months.
  • Fundraisers and various history-related actities are undertaken by the Guild on an irregular basis.
  • Other activities have included dinner theatre, launch of an historical novel set at Lac Ste. Anne Mission (Pilgrimage by Diana Davidson), reunion of former Onoway High School/Beaupré School students, MAD (Music-Art-Drama) reunion, music shows.
  • The Town of Onoway's Heritage Days weekend (in June) is always time for a history-inspired float in the parade and open house in the museum.


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