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Debolt and District Pioneer MuseumThe DeBolt and District Pioneer Museum Society became Incorporated in September, 1975. At that time, the aims of the society included the building and maintaining of a museum and the publishing of a local history book. The initial museum building was an old log manse that was located in Hubert Memorial Park in the Hamlet of DeBolt. It was opened in October, 1976. The first local history book, Across the Smoky, was published in 1978, with a sequel edition, Bridges to the Past, printed in 2001.

The DeBolt museum began when two things came together: the first was that Winnie Moore (nee DeBolt) had a dream of our area having a museum, and secondly the opportune time came when a committee was formed to honor Tom Hubert for his community contributions.

Mr. Hubert had left his estate to the community, through three organizations: the DeBolt Country Club,Hubert Memorial Park, DeBolt the DeBolt United Church, and the East Smoky Royal Canadian Legion #89. These three organizations each chose two persons to sit on a committee to honour Mr. Hubert and to do something with our municipal park. This is how, in 1969, the "Hubert Memorial Park Committee" was formed.

There was a small log building (the DeBolt United Church manse) in the park and a baseball back-stop, some open area and some bushed area, and that was all. The committee decided that the little manse building should become the start of a museum. They went to the community for ideas on what else should be done.

The original committee representatives were: East Smoky Legion #89 - John Nielsen and Donald Matlock, DeBolt United Church - Winnie Moore and Sigfred Welander, DeBolt Country Club - Jean Pushor and Art Boe.

From this group Winnie Moore became the Chairman and Jean Pushor the Secretary. Gradually  work began in the park and the manse. Out of the committee, the museum became a formal society in 1975. Historic items were requested from the community and our museum began its early growth and expansion. [continue]

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