Millet and District Museum and Archives
Tourism Region: Heart LandTourist Zone
The Millet and District Museum and Archives is located on the west side of Highway 2A at the north end of the Town of Millet, which is located about 40 minutes south of Edmonton.
The Upper Level of the Museum features a permanent exhibit, "From a Signpost in a Slough" that depicts the history of Millet from 1900 to ca 1960.
The Helen Moonen Gallery on the lower level consists of the fabrication of three rooms that depict homes of the first half of the 20th century. "Barth's Barbershop", "Kenny Kerr's Office", the "Hillside School" and the "Tool Shed" of the same era are featured as well.
At the back area of the Museum Building, a "Veterans' Wall" is featured on which the pictures of over 200 veterans of World Wars I and II are mounted. It is enhanced by a mural showing Army, Airforce and Navy personnel and activities of each.
About the Collections
The Millet and District Museum and Exhibit Room was built in 1985 as part of the new Millet Town Adminnistration Building. The Millet and District Historical Society generated the funds to have the Museum and Exhibit Room come into existence. The first Exhibit Room displayed the hobby collections of local citizens and was shown in 1985. Local people began to donate artifacts when the Historical Society decided to develop a museum in the downstairs area. Within a few years the museum had become a reality as hundreds of interesting artifacts from Millet and the 13 surrounding school distrists were acquired.
By 1995 it had become evident that more office space and artifact storage space was a necessity, so a much needed new addition was built and funded by the Historical Society. Artifacts now are adequately stored in mobile storage units which were professionaly designed and installed.
The collection consists of artifacts used in Millet and area during the first half of the 20th century. The collection comprises small agricultural artifacts, tools, household furniture, kitchen appliances and utensils, radios, phonographs, lamps, cameras, china, porcelain, cutlery, linens, toys, games, books, trunks, suitcases, children's and adults clothing, sewing machines, weapons, military uniforms, costumes, spinning wheels and musical instruments. Included as well is a collection of rocks and minerals, drill cores, meteorites, prehistoric hammer heads.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 12000
Archival research is provided for a fee after the first one-half hour if assistance is required.
Processed Fonds are available for:
Village of Millet
Millet School District #555
Millet Women's Institute
Tellim Women's Institute
Sunbeam Rebekah Lodge
Victor C. Rowley
Millet Board of Trade
Hillside Community Club
Municipal District of Bigstone #459
Millet Ladies Curling Club
Mulhurst Water Saftey club
Coal Lake School District #711
Hillside School District #702
Weisenthal Rural Mutual Telephone Co.
East Millet Mutual Telephone Co.
Townline Mutual Telephone Co.
Millet West Mutual Telephone Co.
Millet 4-H Garden Club
Returned Soldiers Reception Committee
Wetaskiwin School District #36
Millet and District Recreational and Agricultural Society
West Liberty School Reunion
Hobart A. Dowler
The information in many of the fonds is not extensive.
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Exploration and Survey
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Medical History and Technology
Military History and Technology
Printing and Bookbinding
Religious or Liturgical Objects
Toys and Games
Collection of rocks and minerals from local lapidary specialist Lester Lehman of Millet.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Agricultural or Domestic • Endangered Species • Botany : Vascular Plants : Seed Plants
Earth Science and Geological Collections
Minerals • Rocks • Meteorites • Precious Stones (Lapidary) • Drill Cores
Services & Activities
Curriculum-based school programs for Grades 1-9. Information available from the museum regarding books, programs, and costs
Historical Information on Millet and area
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
Other: Tourist Information about Attractions in the area
Curriculum based school programs for grades 1-9, also war veteran based programs.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
- Archival research is provided for a fee after the first one-half hour if assistance is required
-Historical information is available in a small museum library. Books can not be removed from the museum.
-A Tourist Information Center is operated from the Museum during the summer months and two days per week during the winter months (See hours of Operation)
- The museum gift shop sells stationery, ceramics, sweat shirts, T-shirts, and old fashioned candy.
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchairs available
: Wheelchair access
Volunteer Services Available
Number of Volunteers: 50
Activities: Hostess, Board of Directors, Volunteer Coordinator, Archives Manager, Collections (Documentation), Serving of Protection and Mounts, Building Maintenance, Cleaning,Fund Raising.
Publications and Products
- T-shirts and sweatshirts/lapel pins/spoons all with logo of 1930's Millet firewagon
- china with Millet and Wild Rose logo
- old fashioned candy
- Historical cookbooks
- Tales and Trails of Millet publication
- museum memo in local paper
- handmade goods
- Ray Bindr- animal prints (limeted editions)
Annual Reports •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
Other: "From a Signpost in a Slough- Stories about Millet" by Jean Scott
5120 - 50 Street
Millet and District Museum and Archives
P.O. Box 178, Millet, Alberta
Hours of Operation
Open: Summer (Victoria Day - Labor Day): Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (inclusive)
Winter Months (Labor Day to Victoria Day): Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed: All statutory holidays