Donalda hires a new museum manager

Hi everyone,

My name is Gordon Rumley and I am very excited to be Donalda’s museum manager. One of the first things I had to do was write an essay on the fur trade in Alberta.

If you read it in the Sept. 8 issue of the Stettler Independent, I hope you enjoyed it. (I just wondered who Anthony Henday was and why he got named for the ring road in Edmonton.) People who were able to give me feed back thought it was interesting, but wondered what the topic was tied to? Huh. That is a very good question and here’s the answer for those folks who are still wondering: Dr. Heinz Pyszczyk, formerly historic archaeologist at The Provincial Museum of Alberta, is the main speaker for the Donalda and District Museum Society’s “Heritage Evening Dinner”, this Saturday night, Sept. 25, at the Donalda Community Hall.

People who attended 2009 fall dinner said they enjoyed the evening, and the speaker, very much. The evening with Dr. Pyszczyk is going to be interesting as he shares with us a slide show about the fur trade in Alberta. Tickets for the evening are still available and for more information on how you can purchase your ticket please call 403-883-2100. I look forward to meeting and greeting you this Saturday night.

Maybe if you arrive at Donalda early enough, you can check out our museum and see our wonderful collection of fuel burning lamps. We also have artifacts on display that were made and used by the pioneering folks of Donalda before Alberta became a province. Yeah, come over and make an afternoon of it. I’ll give you a tour of the Donald Creamery and take you inside our train station.

At any rate, it’s a pleasure to be here and I hope you all have a fun filled weekend.