The Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village offers turn of century living history activities for all ages to enjoy. Each day offers a different activity. The Minden area was firstly a logging territory with attempts at agriculture. Men were at work in the bush most of the winter and spring. It was a tough living. Learn firsthand what life was like.
January 3 to January 6
Pre-register day camp. $7/child/day
9am to 12:30pm
Winter in the Woods
This week is a fun-filled and hands-on half day camp for kids ages 8-13. Children will journey back in time to discover cooking methods on the homestead, transportation in winter; tinsmithing or soap making. Crafts including paper-making, soap carving and pioneer games will be taught in the one room school house. While other campers will venture out in the woods to learn about plants and trees while collecting supplies. Chores of the past will become activities for today as campers will churn butter and bake bread. Check out the daily camp schedule at the Minden Hills museum webpage for sign-up information. For complete day by day activities, download the Winter in the Woods Daily Camp Schedule.
May 16 to October 7
Canada: Our Home exhibition
Sterling Bank in Heritage Village
Exhibition impresses on the viewer that Canadians are immigrants. This exhibition celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Canada and delves into reasons why so many chose to call it home.
The exhibition takes a presents the lives of five immigrants who came to Canada, specifically Minden, in 1867. Using information and items from the permanent collection, specific elements are included: homestead life, indentures, development of government and personal reasons.
Visitors will be able to view records of indenture and land deeds, bank drafts and other statistical information as well as survey maps. A series of newspaper articles give a clear idea of local concerns and development. Personal artifacts and photos on display reflect this time period and the selected people’s lives.
Locals, related to the selected people, were asked their opinions on the ancestors’ decisions about coming to Canada and their thoughts on Canada today. Be a part of the Growing Story and tell your background and connection to Canada; giving your thoughts about the Land of The Brave.
May 20 and 21
Victoria Day Weekend
Come live like royalty for the day, in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Birthday! Visit the Bowron House for a Victorian tea service and a lesson on etiquette. But don’t miss the all age’s athletics and talent competitions on the green. Come cheer on the competitors or join the race yourself. Stop by the cookhouse for a snack or to enjoy some music and games in the mess hall. Step into the school and quickly take your seat, see if you can make your own whirligig (craft), the hardest part might be getting it to spin. You never know what you will learn at the Museum!
9am to 3pm
Textile Traditions: Use & Mis-use
Textiles have been around for thousands of years. Throughout the 19th-century the average home dweller would, by today’s standards, be considered a textile artist. They did everything from dyeing fleece and darning socks to warping looms and sewing frocks. Come meander through Minden’s heritage village and try your hand at one of the many textile art forms that are still alive and thriving in our community. Or take a look in our craft market, for that one of a kind thing.
12pm to 5pm
Heritage Food Fare
Prepared food from the garden – how it was done at the turn of the century – on wood burning cook stove and open fires, have a certain taste. Learn the tricks and techniques while sampling a selection of traditional time period foods.
7pm to 9pm
All Hallows Eve Scavenger
Learn about Halloween traditions. A 16+ event running from 7-9. Don’t forget your disguise or your running shoes; team themes are advised. This scavenger hunt will stretch your brain and your quad. You never know who you might run into, dead or alive. All Hallows Eve Scavenger hunt for those not faint of heart. Treats to follow.
Christmas Tinsel and Trimming
1pm to 8pm
School groups tour and evening family activities. Ornament making, Village lighting, with an outdoor fire.
Hot chocolate and apple cider sold on site. Carolers singing in the church.