Excerpt from the Introduction:
Val Marie’s elevator and its living heritage are unique, but there are common themes and threads that will no doubt echo the experiences of other Saskatchewan farming communities. In gathering and sharing these stories based on one common theme, we see the diversity of one community. Imagine, then, the diversity of our province, of the countless stories it contains and the many different ways that land has been conceived of, interacted with, and used throughout time, across cultures, and according to the external forces of economics and politics.
This booklet tells part of the story of a significant aspect of Val Marie’s living heritage. I encourage you, the reader, to discover more. If you are physically in the Village of Val Marie, the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage Ecomuseum is a great place to start. The community history volumes Val Echo: A History of Val Marie (1955) and Prairie Footprints Then & Now (2008) are excellent resources. But any community’s best resource is its people, and so now I turn to them, the people of Val Marie and district, to tell us something about the heritage grain elevator.
Editor: Kristin Catherwood
Published by Heritage Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the the Val Marie Heritage, Culture and Youth Grain Elevator Restoration Committee.
© 2018. Paperback booklet, 56 pages.