Programs & Events

Where The Farm Has Taken Us… And Home Again

November 7th, 7:30pm











School Tours

To book a tour please fill out our Program Request Form and email it to

Curriculum-Based School Programs

The Claresholm & District Museum is happy to develop customized, curriculum-based guided tours and activities at the Museum for school groups of any grade and subject matter. The tours are free of charge.

Your grade – your topic:

Some examples:

Gr. 2 Social Studies – Claresholm and the Past
Gr. 4 Social Studies – My Community
Gr. 5 Social Studies – Louise McKinney and the Famous Five
Gr. 7 Social Studies – Claresholm & Canadian Confederation
Gr. 8 Science – Mechanical Systems


Other topics:

First Nations, Explorers, and the Fur Trade

Early Education

Pioneer Life



An Historical Armchair Tour of Claresholm

September 27th, 7 – 8pm









Tea on the Lawn

Join us for tea and treats on Saturday, August 12th at 2 pm in front of the museum station! Costumes are encouraged! For more information, please call 403-625-3131. 









Claresholm Walking Tours

Please call 403-625-3131 or email to register for a FREE Claresholm Tour! Tours go for 45 minutes beginning at 10 am on July 22nd, July 27th, August 2nd, August 13th, and August 21st. Please dress for the weather as tours go rain or shine. 
















Join us for children’s activities, crafts and games every Friday afternoon through the summer!


FREE Historic Walking Tours of Claresholm

Tours go rain or shine (dress appropriately).  Meet at the CPR Depot (5126 1st St. W).  Tours are approximately 1 hour.

Pre-registration preferred but not necessary. Call 403-625-3131 or email

Come see Claresholm as it once was.

Claresholm circa 1949 900.047.004
Claresholm circa 1949 900.047.004

Claresholm Fair Days: Parade & Tea on the Lawn

August 9, 2014
  • 2014 Claresholm Fair Days Parade Float
    2014 Claresholm Fair Days Parade Float
  • 2014 Parade: Museum Staff
    Museum Staff
  • Tea on the Lawn 2014
    Tea on the Lawn 2014
  • Tea on the Lawn 2014
    Tea on the Lawn 2014

Alberta Quilt Project

May 27, 2014
Lucie Heins of the Royal Alberta Museum photography the Claresholm Museum's 1954 Gleaner's Quilt.Documentation Process

Lucie Heins of the Royal Alberta Museum documenting quilts from the museum’s collection and the public.


The Claresholm Library and Museum Present

Fall 2013 Ranchers Speaker Series!

All talks will be held at the Claresholm Public Library in the Bill Simpson Room.

Michael Gates
October 25 at 4:00pm
Four Legged Gold: Prairie Cattle Drives to the Klondike

Michael Gates will describe the origins of the gold rush, and the longest, most challenging cattle drives that the west ever saw. With over 40 years of expertise in archeology, museum studies and heritage, Gates has published several historically rich novels. Drawing from his new book, Gates will describe the mad scramble of cattlemen trying to get their herds to this hungry northern market before freeze up on the Yukon River.

Doug Nelson
November 6 at 5:00pm
Ranching in God’s Country

Doug Nelson is known for writing 3 books, several TV and documentary scripts and hundreds of articles and short stories, most dealing with western subjects. This experience combined with many years living and working on ranches and farms in southern Alberta made Doug an excellent choice to write about the Waldron Grazing Co-op along with Ed Nelson, a founding co-op member. Doug and Ed, joined by Ed’s son Tim, will tell the story of one of the greatest community pastures in Alberta.

Bill Dunn
November 20 at 5:00 pm
Marking the Old Macleod Trail

Bill Dunn has been involved in the Old Macleod Trail project for about a decade now after retiring from ranching Texas long horns north of Nanton. Carrying on the work started by others before him, Bill has restored about 12 wagon wheels that mark the old Macleod Trail. He works on the project himself and with volunteers when he gets the help. He repairs, paints and photographs all the markers he discovers. Bill will discuss the history of the trail and the work being done now to preserve that history.


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reduced size Fair Days-Tea on the lawn 01Saturday August 10, 2013: Tea on the Lawn

Time: 2 – 4 pm
Location: on the lawn in front of the Claresholm Museum and Visitor Information Center at 5126 1st street East (on Hwy 2) Claresholm, AB

After the parade for Claresholm Fair Days (Aug. 9-11) come by the Museum in the afternoon for delicious tea and homemade cookies!

This event is free! All are Welcome. Old fashioned costume is encouraged, especially hats!

The Claresholm Rug Hooking group will be doing demonstrations and local artist David Hunt will be painting plein air on the station platform.

We are looking for china tea cups for the museum to use for Tea on the Lawn. If you have any to donate please contact the Museum.

Looking back: In the summer of 2012 we hosted:

May 19, 2012: Norwegian Heritage Celebration
Time: 12:00- -3:00 pm
Celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day and early Norwegian settlement to Claresholm, the Museum will host a Norwegian Heritage Exhibit Opening and special event with traditional Norwegian food, music and fun! All are welcome.

August 11, 2012: Tea on the Lawn with Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Donald S. Ethell
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
During Claresholm Fair Days stop by the Museum for free homemade cookies and tea, as well as a chance to meet our Lt. Governor Donald Ethell.

ATCO Gas 100th Anniversary Celebration – Theatre

August 18, 2012: Stones and Bones Archaeology Day
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring your Native artifacts to be identified by an expert

August 30, 2012: 100th Anniversary of the Claresholm CPR Train Station & 100th Anniversary of ATCO Gas
3:00 – 4:30 Open House
– CPR Exhibit Opening, check out the speeder car on the new tracks, tour through the caboose, share your stories of the CPR Station.
4:30 Presentation of ATCO Gas legacy gift to the Claresholm Museum
5:00 – 6:00 Free BBQ
6:00 – 8:00 Variety Show at Claresholm Arena