Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre

In the Gallery

I do not have my words
February 1 to 23

This exhibition features printmaking, photography, sculpture and beaded, mixed media works by Indigenous, Saskatchewan artists, Joi Arcand, Catherine Blackburn and Audrey Dreaver. Each artist’s body of works explore language loss and considers how language is connected to one’s cultural identity.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Kornfeld Electric Ltd.


Random Acts of VIOLINISTS

Don't miss this lively concert featuring a wide variety of music from Classical to Fiddle to Pop!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Grand Coteau Centre Gallery
Doors Open: 7pm   Show Begins: 7:30pm
Refreshments will be served

Tickets: $20 per person - available at the Grand Coteau Centre
*Limited number of tickets available
$15 from each ticket purchased will be donated by the artists to Telemiracle

Celia Hammerton, Violin
Austin Castle, Violin
Tracey Castle, Keyboard
from Swift Current, SK

Meet the Artists:
Celia Hammerton
started playing the violin at age 7 in her elementary school in England. She spent her school and university years taking lessons and playing in orchestras. She has taught violin for many years as well as teaching classroom music in schools. Celia moved with her family from England to Swift Current in 2003 and since then has been teaching music at Central School in Swift Current as well as teaching violin and pre-school music classes. Since living in Canada she has started enjoying fiddle music and enjoys attending the annual Hills Are Alive camp every June near Elkwater. Celia’s Central School choir have performed 6 times on Telemiracle and this year she has joined with teachers and students from 3 other Swift Current schools to take a group of bucket drummers. Her passion is sharing music with others and fostering a love of music in her students. 

Austin Castle
is a violinist from Swift Current and former student of Celia Hammerton. Austin picked up the violin when he was eleven years old and has since come to represent Saskatchewan as a performer, competitor, and instructor across western Canada. Some highlights for Austin include performing with the Amati quartet in Saskatoon, instructing at fiddle workshops in British Columbia, and competing at the Canadian Grand Masters Open Fiddle Contest. He has recently settled back in Swift Current after some time away and hopes to become a regular performer and teacher here in the southwest.


Cooking Culture

Enjoy an authentic multicultural meal of Ukrainian, Filipino & Mexican traditional foods
PLUS musical entertainment by The Frontier band!

Tuesday, February 25
Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.
Shaunavon Legion Hall (157 1st Avenue East, Shaunavon)

Advance Tickets Only:
$10/person 13 years & up
$5/person 12 yrs & under
Tickets available at the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre
* limited number of tickets available

Presented by:
Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre
Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre
Southwest District for Culture, Recreation & Sport

February Break Mini-Camps

The kids are out of school... let them do something COOL!

TODDLER CAMP: - Up to age 6 - Come & Go - Cost: FREE
Tuesday, February 18 & Wednesday, February 19 - 10: am to 12: noon
at the Grand Coteau Centre Gallery
2 Mornings of Creative Play!
Children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Drop in - Registration not required

KIDS CAMP: - Ages 7 to 12 - Cost: $50 per child
Tuesday, February 18 to Friday, February 21 - 9: am to 12: noon
at the Shaunavon Public School Gym
4 Mornings of Fun!
Activities include Games, Crafts, LEGO and more!
Registration required

TWEEN & TEEN CAMP: - Ages 10 & up - Cost $20 per student
Wednesday, February 19 & Thursday, February 20 - 1: to 4: pm
at the Grand Coteau Centre Gallery
2 Afternoons of Awesome Art! Canvas Collage, Watercolour & more
Registration required

Space is Limited.
Please Register for KIDS CAMP and TWEEN/TEEN CAMP
by contacting the Grand Coteau Centre
ph: 306-297-3882, email:, or stop by at 440 Centre Street.

Deadline to register is Friday, February 7.


Presented by:
the Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre
and Shaunavon Wellness and Leisure Committee

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.

Frank's Fabulous FUDGE!

Just in time for Christmas! Six delicious flavours for gift giving or as a treat for your holiday entertaining:
Hint of Mint, Cookie Dough, Sweet & Salty, Butter Pecan, Chocolate with M&M's, Chewy Praline.

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:
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
                                               Sponsored by the Sogn Family Foundation
October 1 - 30, 2019: Paint for Fun Sponsored by SaskCulture/SaskLotteries
November 1 - 23, 2019: From Vimy to Juno Sponsored by Binkley's Funeral Service, Rick & Bernadette Schneider
December 1 - 20, 2019: Student Art Show Sponsored by TC Aerial Ltd, Ted & Chandra Anderson

2020 Exhibitions (confirmed to date):
January 1 - 23, 2020: Sylvia Ziemann: Accidental Utopia Sponsored by SaskCulture/SaskLotteries
February 1 - 23, 2020: I do not have my words: Joi Arcand, Catherine Blackburn, Audrey Dreaver Sponsored by Kornfeld Electric Ltd. 
March 1 - April 23, 2020: Vera Saltzman: O Human Child  
May 1 - 23, 2020: Geoff Phillips: Plantscapes of the Prairies   
June 1 - 23, 2020: Madhu Kumar: The Stories of Immigrant Women 
July 1 - August 23, 2020: The Flower may not Look like the Roots 
September 1 - 23, 2020: Frank & Victor Cicansky: Keep on Going 

2021 Exhibitions (confirmed to date):
January 1 - 23, 2021: Miriam Körner with Bernice Johnson-Laxdal: When the Trees Crackle with Cold: p?simwasinahikan  
February 1 - 23, 2021: Donna Langhome: Common Truths
August1 to September 23, 2021: Family Ties

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 player, 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 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 Noon. - 5:00 p.m.   Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 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