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Who we are

Tansi welcome to the High Prairie & District Museum.  We invite you to explore into the history of High Prairie & District area. 


Our ever growing museum continues to learn and grow and we are committed to providing an inclusive space to share these stories.  The museum strives to share the stories and artifacts from the actual town site of High Prairie, the Treaty 8 Nations of Sucker Creek, Driftpile, Utikuma, Kapawe'no, Pakashan and Swan River as well as the East Prairie, Peavine and Gift Lake Metis Settlements. With our temporary exhibits and events to our permanent collections we are positive you will leave here with new found knowledge. 

The High Prairie & District museum has rather incidental beginnings. In 1955 it started as an antique show organized by the local Farm Women's Union.  From this the High Prairie & District Museum was organized. The society held its first meeting on Jun 30, 1961.  To house the growing collection of valuable local items, the old two room school house was acquired. After many grants and meetings later, the museum/ library opened on June 24, 1967. The High Prairie & District Museum is an accredited member of the Alberta Museum Association.

Many people have donated their time, stories and artifacts to the museum and we thank them for their contributions to for the future generations to learn from. 

photo: The sawmill during the flood of May 4,m 1948. It was owned at the time by Dorothy Cook.