Western Development Museum

Posted Felipe's 2021 Adventure

Every time my parents visit me in Canada, they always want to go to the Western Development Museum.

This time I enjoyed seeing the museum from a new lens. I was joined by Saskatoon photographer Bob Holtsman, to capture the spirit of the Western Development Museum.

In the mid-1940's, people across Saskatchewan became concerned that the historic farm machinery that shaped the prairie landscape was fast disapprearing. This was the spark that created the WDM. With four locations (Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Yorkton and North Battleford), visitors can learn and explore the rapid innovation of these machines and most importantly, hear and see the stories of people whose ideas transformed agriculture in our province.

Education and Public Programs Coordinator, Courtney Tuck-Goetz, gave me an insightful tour. Having a guided tour of a museum really offers a multidimensional experience. I learned how the museum is laid out, matches how the towns used to be back in the day, with the train station on one end and the hotel at the opposite. I like to imagine the people of those days coming to town to buy the latest farm technology to bring back to their farms and probably to have some fun in town while they are at it! I love learning about the spirit of Saskatchewan. Some of the our proudest provincial history is preserved at the Western Development Museum, be sure to pop in for a tour next time you're in town!

Here is how to get in touch with Bob to book a photo session with him:

  • Email: bobholtsmanphotography@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @imdrbob