150 Reasons

To honour Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Museum’s Interpretation Committee has selected 150 Reasons to Visit the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in 2017 – 150 must-see items when you’re visiting us in 2017. See the world’s largest collection of Canadian farm equipment, as well as our Homesteaders Village buildings, and many small artifacts with an interesting past.

See the World’s Largest collection of Canadian farm equipment; built or sold by Canadian companies. Notable pieces in this collection (#1-67) are:

Steam Engines:
#1 – American Able steam traction engine with rare Kitchener boiler.
#2 – George White traction engine
#3 – L.D. Sawyer portable steam engine, with a fascinating history.
#4 – Petersen straw burning steam engine, which was never sold or used.
#5 – Sawyer Massey 27-82 traction engine, being rebuilt with new boiler.
#6 – Souris Mill Engine, saved from scrap buried in wheat.

Tractors and Gas Engines:
#7 – Cockshutt Allis Chalmers 20-35 (1928); first tractor sold by Cockshutt
#8 – Cockshutt Hart-Parr tractors from the 1930s; models 18-28, 80 and 90.
#9 – Gilson 12-25 (1918), Canadian-made, with only 100 produced.
#10 – Goold Shapley and Muir “Beaver” tractor, Canadian-made, with friction drive
#11 – Goold Shapley and Muir Stationary engine, built in Brantford
#12 – Manitoba 7 HP stationary gas engine, built in Brandon
#13 – Massey Harris 25 and Massey Harris Pacemaker; first Massey designed tractors
#14 – Massey Harris “General Purpose”, the first successful 4 wheel drive tractor.
#15 – Massey Harris Tractors of the 1940s, Models 101 through to 55
#16 – Sawyer Massey 11-22, a rare Canadian tractor
#17 – Sawyer Massey 25-45, a rare Canadian tractor
#18 – Versatile prototype Bi-Directional tractor
#19 – Versatile D-100, the first Canadian built 4 wheel drive tractor.
#20 – Versatile Model 1080 “Big Roy”, world’s biggest tractor.

Harvesting Equipment:
#21 – Belle City Alberta Special Wooden Threshing Machine
#22 – Bullmoose Sheaf Loader, designed and built in Manitoba
#23 – Cockshutt 428 combine (1958), built in Brantford, Ontario.
#24 – Cockshutt Adams grain wagon box; with original with sales tag.
#25 – Cockshutt Frost & Wood Binder, built in Smith Falls, Ontario.
#26 – Cockshutt Hay Loader
#27 – Cockshutt No.2 Pull-Type swather, first light weight modern swather
#28 – Co-op No.7 Pull-Type combine, 1946, (built by Cockshutt in Brantford On)
#29 – Cooperative Implements Limited (CIL) Pull-Type Combine, built in Portage
#30 – Ellard Potato Digger, unique design using revolving tines
#31 – Stanley Jones hand-fed Threshing Machine, built in Quebec
#32 – George White Wooden Threshing Machine
#33 – Kilberry Swather, forerunner of MacDon, built in Winnipeg
#34 – M. Moody and Sons Threshing Machine, built in Terrebonne, Quebec
#35 – Massey Harris Combines of the 1940s and 50s
#36 – Massey Harris 17 Pull-Type combine
#37 – Massey Harris 9B Pull-Type combine
#38 – Massey Harris No 5 Pull-Type combine
#39 – Massey Harris steel self-raking reaper
#40 – Robert Bell Wooden Threshing Machine
#41 – Stewart Sheaf Loader, built in Manitoba
#42 – Sunshine Waterloo Combine, early SP combine, sold by Waterloo Mfg,  Waterloo, Ontario
#43 – Versatile 42 and 420 combines, built in Winnipeg
#44 – Versatile Prototype rotary combine; cut away demonstrator, built in Winnipeg
#45 – Versatile Self-Propelled Swather, first successful Self-Propelled swather design.
#46 – Waterloo Wooden Threshing Machine

Tillage and Seeding Equipment:
#47 – CCIL  Discer prototype, widest Discer ever built
#48 – CCIL “Crazy Harrows”
#49 – CCIL plower, designed for deep tillage
#50 – Cockshutt 12-bottom engine gang plow, designed to harness the power of large traction Engines
#51 – Cockshutt 5 bottom power lift engine gang plow, one-man operation
#52 – Cockshutt JGC riding plow, the first Canadian built riding plow.
#53 – Cockshutt Single Disc Seed Drill, wooden construction
#54 – Cockshutt tiller combine, first minimum till seeder and forerunner of the disker
#55 – J.O. Wizner and Sons seeding machine, Predecessor to the seed drill
#56 – Morris 20-11 hoe seed drill, minimum tillage, built in Yorkton, SK

Other Canadian Machinery and vehicles:
#57 – Skidoo snowmobile (1962)
#58 – Bennett Buggy replica; symbol of 1930s Depression years
#59 – Elevating Grader, built by Manitoba blacksmith
#60 – Eliason Motor Toboggan
#61 – Maple Leaf Grain Truck; built by General Motors for Canadian market.
#62 – Snoplane with aircraft engine; homebuilt in Manitoba
#63 – Snoplane with Ford engine; homebuilt in Manitoba
#64 – Two-horse treadmill, built of wood, few left in existence
#65 – Buggy with wire wheels and rubber tires, all original, made in New Brunswick
#66 – Grain cleaners made in Manitoba
#67 – Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck

View Canada’s largest collection of Steam Engines. Notable pieces in this collection are:
#68 – 32-110 Case steam traction engine; which won many medals at the Winnipeg Tractor Trials.
#69 – Gaar Scott 25-75 twin cylinder
#70 – Northwest Thresher New Giant; return flue boiler
#71 – “Old 44” portable steam engine; the second oldest J.I. Case steam engine in existence.
#72 – Williamson Case 25-75 steam engine and thresher; this team has been together since 1904.

On display is Canada’s largest collection of Gas Tractors. Notable pieces in this collection are:
#73 – Case 10-20, three-wheel tractor with one-wheel drive
#74 – Case LA on Propane; used cheaper alternative fuel
#75 – Empire tractor, built from war-surplus Jeep parts
#76 – Farmall MD, first diesel row crop
#77 – Farmall Regular, first row crop general purpose tractor
#78 – Flour City 30-50 (1909), which competed at the historic Winnipeg Tractor Trials
#79 – Ford-A-Tractor kit to convert an old car to a cheap tractor.
#80 – Grey Drum Drive Tractor; a search for better drive system
#81 – Happy Farmer Tractor, typical of cheap lightweight tractors in teens; with a catchy name for marketing
#82 – Hart Parr 30-60 “Old Reliable” (1909). One of first tractors in the MAM collection.
#83 – IHC Mogul Type C, 1910.
#84 – IHC Titan Type D 45 Hp (1911)
#85 – Marshall and Sons Model F and Avery plow; a rare combination together since new.
#86 – Nilson Junior, an unusual 3-wheel drive design
#87 – Pioneer 30-60 (1911), used to dig the basement for Eaton’s annex in Winnipeg.
#88 – Rock Island Heider tractor, with friction drive
#89 – Rumely 15-30 Gas Pull, built under a number of names starting in 1910.
#90 – Rumely Model E tractor, example of large :”Prairie Style” tractor; iconic appearance and sound
#91 – Rumely Model F, the “Jordan outfit”, tractor, threshing machine and plow together
#92 – Rumely model M 20-30 tractor, with early type of PTO shaft
#93 – Wallis K, an example of the first tractor design with all moving parts enclosed.
#94 – Garden tractor, with the engine inside the wheel.

Examine Canada’s largest collection of Other Agricultural  Equipment, including:
#95 – IHC Right hand binder, on which Mr. Joe McMurachy discovered Selkirk wheat
#96 – IHC self raking reaper
#97 – Horse Sweep
#98 – John Deere 36 Combine; designed by Holt
#99 – Nichols & Sheppard Red River Special, Pt combine
#100 – McCormick’s first reaper (replica)

Visit Homesteaders Village, an authentic early 1900s Manitoba village.  Notable original buildings are:
#101 – Arizona Church (1898)
#102 – Ayr Log School (1883)
#103 – Carrothers House (1903)
#104 – Centreville School (1890)
#105 – CPR Water Tower (1900)
#106 – Mekiwin Manor (1918)
#107 – Muir Log House (1879)
#108 – Muirhead Log House (1885)
#109 – Northern Pacific Manitoba Railway Station (1893)
#110 – St Saviors Church (1894)
#111 – Westbourne Post Office (1902)
#112 – Western Canada Flour Mills Elevator (1905)

#113 – Explore the Community Ties Exhibit, telling the story of travel and communication with artifacts and signs.

#114 – Follow the History of Farm Power Exhibit, tracing the development of the tractor with artifacts and signs.

#115 – Frolic in the Children’s playground, a unique place to play, with a Fort theme containing actual tractors to play on.

#116 – Stroll through the Scenic grounds, with picnic area and numerous locations for photo opportunities for weddings and other special occasions

#117 – Explore the Centennial Building; filled with an eclectic mix of rural history.

Seek out Historic Cultural Items from Manitoba, such as:
#118 – 1885 photo of Austin school students
#119 – Arizona Church records
#120 – Centreville School Records
#121 – Funeral Announcement for Titanic victim
#122 – Horse Drawn Hearse, built in Rathwell MB
#123 – Quern (hand powered, stone flour mill)
#124 – Steamer trunk and other period luggage in the Northern Pacific & Manitoba Railway Station
#125 – Ukrainian Ceremonial Saddle
#126 – Log Cabin Quilt, 120+ years old
#127 – Homemade bee hive
#128 – Plunger clothes washer

Pore over Historic Vehicles, including:
#129 – Stanley Steam Car (1898), in original condition
#130 – Cadillac (1904) in original condition
#131 – Ajax Car
#132 – American LaFrance Fire Truck (1918)

Artifacts in the Village Buildings:
#133 – Tin pantry (black with flower motif) in Mekiwin Manor
#134 – Kitchen chairs with wheels – homemade wheelchair for Mr. Carrothers
#135 – Strap  in  Ayr Log Schoolhouse – on teacher’s desk
#136 – Wooden Cross in St. Saviors Church
#137 – Ice Box in Muirhead Log House
#138 – Bobbin Lace, with pillow and bobbins; in Muir Log House dining room
#139 – Postal boxes in Westbourne Post Office
#140 – Safe in the Law Office
#141 – Pedestal Sink in the Barber Shop
#142 – Plumb Bob in the Surveyor’s Office
#143 – Printing Press  in the  Print Shop
#144 – Side saddles in the Livery Stable
#145 – Forge in the Blacksmith Shop
#146 – Corn Shucker in the Grist Mill
#147 – Leather sewing machine  in the Shoe Repair Shop
#148 – Railway Jigger in the Jigger Shack
#149 – Grain Wagon in the Grain Elevator
#150 – Canada Packer Quilts in Mekiwin Manor


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