Throughout the summer months the Beautiful Plains Museum has welcomed well over 200 visitors from all over Canada the United States and farther.
Their reasons for visiting all differed from traveling across Canada, to researching family history, or just finding a pleasant way to spend a rainy day.
So, after having the opportunity to meet so many interesting guests, it pains me to announce that the end of the 2013 season will be September the 2nd.
But don’t let the proximity of the finish line scare you away there’s still plenty of time to sneak in a visit before autumn comes around, and plenty of things to see as well.
This month I decided to highlight an item in the Museum that I found particularly interesting. On a table in the south end of the general store display sits a Thomas A. Edison Amberola Phonograph.
This piece caught my eye because not only was it originally patented in 1902 but is also still in working condition. The record players at the time did not use disk shaped records like you would imagine, but instead used cylindrical plastic records that played up to four minutes of content.
On these cylinders are classics such as “In the Shadow of the Pines” by Archibald and Fish, “Make Your Mind Up Maggie Mackenzie” by Glen Ellise, and “I Love a Lassie” by H. Lauder, along with 46 other songs.
William Layng, born in 1876, originally owned the record player, and the piece was donated by Ruth Wallman.
The Beautiful Plains Museum is open 9-5 on weekdays and 1-5 on weekends and statutory holidays.
So, come down for a visit sometime. You’re free to look around at your own pace or ask for a tour.
But don’t wait.
Stop in sometime over the next two weeks before the season is over, you won’t be disappointed.