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Etzikom Museum finished great season, looks to future

Posted on October 12, 2023 by Ryan Dahlman

By Anna Smith
Commentator/Courier

The end of the summer brings the end of the season for the Etzikom Historical Windmill Museum and Interpretive Centre.

“We are grateful to the community for all the support you have shown us, as well as our enthusiastic staff,” said Rachel Stromsmoe. This year, the museum was happy to play host to a great number of visitors from near and afar, with over 5,000 people walking through the front doors.

“We were pleased to host our ‘Old Fashioned’ Fun Day once more, and our Night at the Museum. We catered to multiple senior and school groups and were able to incorporate a flour grinding, bread making, and butter churning demonstration,” said Stromsmoe.

As well as keeping the programming and events running, the museum was able to perform some vital upkeep on the historical building they call home.

“We were able to complete exterior building renovations to repair cracks in the walls and failing stucco with the assistance of the Government of Alberta Community Facility Enhancement grant for $24,475,” said Stromsmoe.

The fight isn’t over just yet, however, as the building still has improvements and repairs that the team at the centre would like to hopefully see done before they open again in the spring.

“Although we are now closed for the season, we must continue to fundraise for the much-needed replacement of our main building roof. We need to secure funding and donations for the projected cost of $100,000. All donations are tax-deductible,” said Stromsmoe.

Those interested are encouraged to contact the museum at etzikommuseum@gmail.com and they would be happy to assist.

“Watch for us at the upcoming Foremost Christmas Market on November 16 and support our one-of-a-kind museum and enjoy some tasty treats,” said Stromsmoe. “See you there!”

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