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Didsbury & District Historical Society


The Didsbury Museum, supported and run by the Didsbury and District Historical Society, was constructed in 1907 as a school to replace the existing wooden one. The building was designated as a Provincial Historic Site in 1997

The building has been involved in the community since its beginning. It was the first school to publish a school newspaper and was also home to the first free library in Alberta. In 1918 the school was used as a hospital during the Spanish Flu epidemic and a yard for the military troops.

Today the museum has exhibits of living in this area of Alberta. Typically there are tours and inter-active events to do. There is a miniature railway to watch.

Continuing to be a part of the community is very important. The museum takes part in Town events, Mountain View Society the Library as well as special events of its own through the year. It is open year round.

The Didsbury Museum has the following collections:

  • Historical photos of the Town of Didsbury, people, buildings, and school classes.
  • Historic books of Didsbury and other places of interest.
  • Didsbury Newspapers from 1908 to present.

Displays depicting:

  • Artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment.
  • School Room
  • Medical Room
  • General Store
  • Didsbury Pioneer newspaper printing press.
  • 1907 Cast Iron Safe
  • Churches of the area, train travel, business machines.
  • Military Roll of Honor
  • Military uniforms, badges, supplies, and artifacts from service clubs such as: The Legion, Lions, Elks, Kinsmen, Masons, Scouts, and the Women’s Institutes.