Welcome to the PTM
 
Located on Hwy #3 between Winkler & Morden, MB
(Look for the "tractor in the sky!")
 
Box 1103, Winkler, MB
R6W 4B2
 
204-325-7497
 
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 Geocache Co-ordinates:
N49*11.488 W098*00.907
 

 
Hours
 
May 15 - Sept 30
(May 1 - 14th by prior arrangement;
contact us by e-mail)
 
Monday - Friday
10 am - 5 pm
 
Sat, Sun & Holidays
 1 pm - 5 pm
(unless otherwise written
- see 'Events' tab)
 

 
Admission
 
Adults (16 - 64):  
$10.00
 
Seniors (65+) and
Youth (ages 9 - 15):
$5.00
 
Children (8 & under):  FREE
 
Note:  NO dogs or smoking allowed in buildings
  
School buses:  $85.00
  
Groups + tour buses welcome
 
Cash + cheques (Cdn) accepted
 
 
Catering available:  Inquire
or click the 'Rentals/Meals' tab
 

Pembina Threshermen's Museum - History

 

 

The 60’s was termed the "new generation" as revolutionary change permeated into every level of society. In the Pembina Valley though, several steam engineers of the past generation gathered together to remember the good ol’ days and by 2013, the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum celebrated its 45th year of "living in the past lane" thanks to the countless devoted board members and volunteers who have kept it going over the years.

We look forward to many more years of creating memories and fostering appreciation for our local agricultural and Mennonite heritage for those who walk through our gates.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MUSEUM’S HISTORY INCLUDE:

1966 - Five local farmers (William Elias, John Fehr, George Goertzen, Abram Hiebert and John Letkeman) gathered at the William V. Elias farm south of Winkler, with a steam engine and threshing machine for some old-fashioned steam threshing.  This first of what would become an annual "threshing bee" reunion was held, featuring the exhibition of an old steam operated threshing outfit alongside of several related contests like nail driving, potato peeling, sheaf tying and pitching.

The acquisition of a separator/threshing machine for $300 was the first of what is now a large collection of farm machinery at the museum and the vision of these *five founders was dedicated to the preservation of the agricultural and Mennonite heritage for future generations to enjoy.

*The founders of the museum were Mr. William V. Elias, Mr. George Geortzen, Mr. John Letkeman, Mr. John Fehr, Mr. Adolph Krushel and Mr. Abram Hiebert.

1968 - The Pembina Threshermen's Museum as we know it was 'born'.  Incorporated on August 13th as a non-profit organization, it would collect, restore, preserve and display antique machinery, tools, household effects and other artefacts used by our ancestors that settled in the Pembina Valley.  The "Threshermen's Fair" as it was now called, was moved to the Frank Wiebe farm in Burwalde and held October 5th and 7th.

1969 - In November, following the Threshermen’s Field Day, the members of the museum board at the time thanked Frank and Willie Loewen "for their very appropriate and suitable gift in the donation of a 5 acre plot to this organization on which to establish our museum which we hope will be of great benefit to our communities and future generations". A large steel hangar (Building #1) was erected on this plot of land to house the numerous artefacts being donated to the museum and which is now home to "Brimberly Village" (opening in 2017), an impressive collection of antiques from throughout the eras in a unique 'must-see' exhibit.  

1972 - The museum purchased some adjoining land to give them a total of 12 acres and the Morden CPR Train Station with its picturesque and unique architecture was moved to the museum.

1974 - The Braun House, a perfect example of a Mennonite log cabin, was moved to the museum by Peter Brown.

1975 - One of the oldest one-room school houses in Manitoba, the Pomeroy School, was moved to the museum.

1978 - The Museum gained an early example of small, local churches with the arrival of the Roseisle United Church.

1980 - The Reimer House, 130 years old in 2008, was transferred to the museum grounds from Hochfeld.

1985 - A lean-to was added onto the west side of Building #1 to house miniature machines built by local residents.

1987 - The Museum dining room was enlarged to accommodate 160 people. The Valley Harvest Maids (VHMs) use this kitchen to cater weddings, anniversaries, reunions, etc.  They also provide old-time meals during the museum’s event days.

By the late 1980’s, the museum had also acquired an Office and two metal machine sheds had also been set up to house the numerous tractors acquired by the museum.

1990 - The barn was moved to the museum grounds to exhibit horse-drawn equipment. It was donated by the Morden Research Station.

1994 - Accessioning of donated artefacts began.

During the 1990’s, a saw mill, a replica of a blacksmith shop and the replica of Pelser’s Barbershop in Winker were added to the museum.

2001 - The Winkler Telephone Office and the General Store building were donated to the museum.

2002 - The sod house was built, a pole shed to shelter the ever-expanding farm machinery collection was erected and the NWMP Outpost building was completed.  Note: the logs for the Outpost were cut at the PTM Sawmill.

 

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Over the years, what started out as a small steam threshing reunion held at a local farm has turned into a full two-day event of activities and demonstrations. A second annual event was also added (Heritage Day) and has been held each year in June. This event offers many of the same attractions as the Fall event, which went on to be called the "Threshermen’s Reunion" and ultimately "Reunion Days".

Over the years, the Pembina Threshermen's Museum has had numerous Presidents from William V. Elias (the first President) to Howard Thiessen (the current President), all of whom would like to express their sincere appreciation to all those who have come  to enjoy what started out as a humble collection of local artefacts ~ but that has graduated to become an exceptional "outdoor, living museum experience" with multiple events each season that offers thousands of impressed visitors each year from around the world, the opportunity to "walk through history" and enjoy countless antiques  and photo options.

 

"Preserving the Gems of the Past

... for Those of the Future!" 

 

 

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