Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre

In the Gallery

Jessica Richter and Waltraude Stehwien: Scissor Cuts/ Scherenschnitte
August 1 to September 23
Scherenschnitte (scissor cuts) is an art form where silhouettes are cut from one piece of special black paper with scissors or knives with no ‘hangers’- unattached pieces. Scissor cutting has a long history in German folk art. The works in this exhibition range from traditional German Scherenschnitte represented by Waltraude Stehwien, a German immigrant, to papercut evolved into sculpture by Jess Richter- second generation born in Canada.

Read more about Jess Richter in this story published by Galleries West Magazine: Jessica Richter
Saskatchewan artist explores the experiences of German-Canadian immigrants.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Sogn Family Foundation

Photograph Archives Online

The Grand Coteau Centre archives includes over 3,300 photographs relating to the history of Shaunavon and area. We are pleased to now make this collection available online.

High resolution digital files of these images are available for purchase from the Grand Coteau Centre. Please contact us for ordering information.

Click here to view the photograph archives online.

Market at the Museum

MARKET at the MUSEUM - Every Saturday until September 14 from 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon (note the new start time!) on the front lawn at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre

Vendor tables cost $10 per week - Our Market is open to ANYONE who wants to sell ANYTHING!
- One FREE table per week is available for non-profit groups! (groups please call ahead to reserve the table)

Interested Vendors please contact the Grand Coteau Centre Museum for more information or to reserve a table - 440 Centre Street, 306-297-3882

Be sure to stop by the Market at the Museum and see what our Vendors have for sale!

Summer 2019 - Connecting Kids and Culture

We have lots of fun activities planned for everyone this summer! 
 - Art & Culture Camps
 - Little Art on the Prairies
 - Boredom Busters
 - Creative Crafts for Kids
 - Canada Day Celebrations
 - Boomtown Days Activities
 - Market at the Museum
    & MORE!
Read all about them in our 2019 SUMMER BROCHURE

Many of our summer programs are made possible through funding from the Community Initiatives Fund. Thank you!
The Community Initiatives Fund contributes to the quality of life of Saskatchewan’s residents by providing grants for projects supporting healthy growth and development of children and youth, individual and community wellbeing, and nonprofit and community leadership.

Frank's Fabulous FUDGE!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with our fresh, homemade, cream and butter fudge! Our fudge counter is filled with a mouth-watering selection of flavours for you to enjoy!  Ask for a Free Taste!

All profits from the sale of Frank's Fabulous Fudge go to help with costs of events and programs offered at the Grand Coteau Centre throughout the year.
Thank you for your support!

440 Centre Street
      Phone: (306)297-3882

Hours of Operation:
May 1 to September 30: Monday to Saturday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
October 1 to April 30: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Admission is Free, but Donations are Appreciated.

The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre houses the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library,
an art gallery, natural history and heritage rooms as well as a community meeting room. 
The Centre is open year round and continues to provide visitors with a variety of cultural experiences.
The Grand Coteau Centre is a hub of activity, as evidenced by the number of vistors which reached an astonishing 10,000 in 2008.

Art Gallery

Our spacious 1000 ft. gallery features art exhibitions by local, Saskatchewan and Canadian artists.  Many of our shows are from the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s (OSAC) Arts on the Move program. A full listing of OSAC visual arts touring exhibitions can be found on their website,
New exhibitions are featured every one or two months. Exhibitions are subject to change without advance notice.
A donation box and guest book are located in the gallery. Please be sure to sign your name and leave us your comments regarding the current show!
GCHCC works collaboratively with the Shaunavon Arts Council to present visual and performing arts in our community. Please check out the Shaunavon Arts Council page for information on the current performing arts schedule.

2019 Exhibitions (confirmed to date):
January 1 - February 23, 2019: Cameron Forbes and Crystal Bueckert: Emma Lake Archive
March 1 - 28, 2019: Back in Business: A Historic Photo Exhibit
                             Sponsored by The Shaunavon Chamber of Commerce and Shaunavon Economic Development Committee
April 1 - 30, 2019: Trea Jensen: Moon Beings Sponsored by A&B Auto Centre
May 1 - 23, 2019: Barbara Goretzky: Diggers Sponsored by Helix Construction Ltd.
June 1 - July 23, 2019: A Rightful Place Sponsored by Stark & Marsh CPA LLP
August 1 - September 23, 2019: Jessica Richter and Waltraude Stehwien: Scissor Cuts/ Scherenschnitte
October 1 - 23, 2019: Miriam Körner with Bernice Johnson-Laxdal: When the Trees Crackle with Cold: pisimwasinahikan 
November 1 - 23, 2019: From Vimy to Juno

2020 Exhibitions (confirmed to date):
February 1 - 23, 2020: I do not have my words: Joi Arcand, Catherine Blackburn, Audrey Dreaver
April 1 - 23, 2020: Vera Saltzman: O Human Child
June 1 - 23, 2020: Geoff Phillips: Plantscapes of the Prairies

Museum - Natural History Room

Natural Sciences: The GCHCC natural history collection features mammal and bird specimens common to southwest Saskatchewan. The natural history collection was the focus of the Museum during its early years and continues to appeal to tourists and local residents. Many of the specimens date back to the origins of the museum in the 1930’s. Many of the exhibits are displayed in a diorama depicting the natural habitat of the species on display.

Museum - Heritage Exhibits

The Museum houses archaeological material from a primary butchering site in South Western Saskatchewan that contains bison material and some stone tools.
Our early settlement collection features artifacts significant to Shaunavon's history. Permanent exhibits include The Crystal Bakery, Agriculture, One-Room Schoolhouse, Everett Baker, Communication, Illerbrun Church, Textiles, Home Life, Work Life, Early Policing and General Store.
A photographic exhibit entitled, “Why Here”, highlights the establishment of Shaunavon in 1913. From bald prairie to town status in less than six months, Shaunavon earned the title of Boomtown. Other exhibits we have displayed at this time are Millinery and Shaunavon Memorabilia.
A future permanent photographic Coal Mining exhibit is under construction.

Community Meeting Room

A meeting room is located in the basement of the GCHCC, and is available for rental. The space can accommodate up to 50 individuals. A television, DVD/VCR, slide projector and screen, coffee pots and washrooms are available for use. The space is well-lit with a great deal of natural light as well.
Rental Rates:
   Full day: $75 plus PST & GST
   Half Day: $40 plus PST & GST
   60% reduction for Non Profit Groups
Call 306-297-3882 for booking information.


Art Programming: Many of our monthly touring art exhibitions come to us through the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council's Arts on the Move program. Please see our Art Gallery information above for a complete schedule of upcoming Art Gallery Exhibitions.

School Tours of our museum pioneer and natural history room exhibits can be arranged at any time by contacting our Program Coordinator, Tammy Willman at 306-297-3882. 

 - The entire collection of The Shaunavon Standard newspaper, dating back to 1913
 - Obituaries
 - Photographs including collections from local residents, past and present
 - Old town photos
 - History Books - a large collection of history books from all over the Southwest and Saskatchewan

Research Requests:
GCHCC offers research services concerning individuals, organizations and/or businesses from Shaunavon's past. The Centre's staff & volunteers can assist individuals or organizations seeking this information and we will attempt to fill each request as best as possible.
Please contact us if you wish to discover more about Shaunavon's past.
Donations for research requests are welcomed!

Shaunavon Library

The Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library is located in the GCHCC, adjacent to our gallery space. The library is another hub of our community and offers free internet access, regular children’s programming, IT help, computer sessions and much more. The Shaunavon Library is an inviting and cozy locale for meeting friends and relaxing with a good book.
The friendly librarians will be happy to help you with research and computer usage. Interlibrary loans are available for titles not currently held on location.

Phone: (306)297-3844

Hours of Operation:
Monday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.        Tuesday 12:00 Noon - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Thursday 12:00 Noon - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.           Saturday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.


Director of Culture: Joanne Gregoire
Contact Joanne for sponsorship and donation opportunities and general information about the Centre.

Program Coordinator: Tammy Willman
Contact Tammy for information on gallery exhibitions, school tours and community programs

Collections Manager: Kelly Attrell
Contact Kelly if you have any questions or donations related to the Centre's historic, archival
and natural history collections

Research Volunteer: Kathleen East

About the Grand Coteau Centre

The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre is located in the heart of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. The Centre houses a museum, art gallery and the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library. Our collection is multi-disciplinary, including artifacts relating to the human history of Shaunavon, fine arts and natural history specimens of the area. A variety of programs and tours are offered in association with our collection, making us more than a collection of objects. Tours are offered on a regular basis throughout the year to school students and can also be provided to other groups upon request. Through our educational programming, we are able to provide opportunities for our public to enjoy the arts, as well as the natural history and the human history of our area.

GCHCC is also a popular locale for community events and special programming including Family Day, I Love Shaunavon Day, Canada Day, Boomtown Days, Halloween and the Parade of Lights.

Board of Directors:
Tara Coburn, President
Robert Anderson, Vice President
Joe-Ann Ruetz, Secretary
Councillor Garrett Thienes
Terry Olesen
Sandy Fritz
Tara Lingenfelter

The name of Shaunavon's Museum, "Grand Coteau", comes from the title "le grand coteau" or grand slope of the Missouri, as applied by the explorer Le Verendrye to the area stretching from Kincaid to Govenlock.

The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre officially opened Saturday, July 12, 1980, but had its origin as the "Grand Coteau Museum" which was organized on December 6, 1931 at a meeting convened in the court house in Shaunavon.

During the period from 1931 to 1957 the exhibits were housed in one room of the old two roomed school house on the school grounds just west of the older brick school. The period from 1936 to 1957 was a dormant one and only F.O. Bransted was left with enough interest to take visitors to view the exhibits.

In 1957 the work of reviving the Grand Coteau Museum was undertaken. The School Board gave the building to the Town of Shaunavon for $1.00. The Chamber of Commerce, with financial help from the Town and the Shawnees, moved the building to its present site in the small park on Centre Street and renovated the building. C. Busse, acting for the Chamber of Commerce, organized this phase of the work. The operation of the museum was turned over to a management committee with representation from the Town, Chamber of Commerce, Public School Board, High School Board, Separate School Board, School Unit No. 7, Shawnees and two members at large. This management committee began their work on July 2, 1959 and the museum was again officially opened in 1963, at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Town of Shaunavon. Even at that time the thought of incorporating the library was considered. In 1972 the basement was completed with grants from the Federal Government and the Town of Shaunavon.

In 1973 preliminary plans were started to provide more space as it was obvious that a heritage type of museum was needed by the community. In June of 1976 the cataloguing of all exhibits was started with the help of a special project grant from the Department of Culture and Youth and the able management of Janice Douglas, an anthropology student from the University of Alberta. The natural history cataloguing was completed in 1977 by the management committee.

In November 1977 the Town Council called a meeting to hear presentations on the announced Neighbourhood Improvement Program (NIP) and the Grand Coteau Management Committee made representation to have the enlargement of the museum to include an art gallery and the branch of the regional library considered as first priority. The plan received the approval of the Town Council and the new municipally operated facility was opened in 1980 with the guidance of a Board of Directors, and Director/Curator. Today the staff has expanded to include a Curatorial Assistant and volunteers.

The Centre now includes the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library, an art gallery, a natural history museum and tourist information centre all on the main floor; a heritage museum in the basement which also includes a general purpose community room.

The Centre continues to be open year round and offers a variety of cultural experiences. Stop in and visit us when you are in town.

Annual Report 2018
Annual Report 2017

Museums Association of Saskatchewan