To view life in the "Dirty Thirties" or learn about a local inspiring prairie story, visit Harris, located 38 km northeast of Rosetown on Highway 7.
The Harris museum takes you back to the "Dirty Thirties" in the time of the Ruby Rush Days. The museum is located on Railway Avenue in Harris. Exhibits include:
Hours of Operation (mid-May - Sept 30)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
For further details or to make an appointment outside of regular hours, contact the Harris Museum at (306) 656-2172.
"The Pull of the Land" has made Harris a nationally recognized place. The original play was enjoyed by more than 28,000 people at 68 performances and was nationally recognized by the National Post in 2003. Harris locals, Beth Roberston and Elaine Kowpak wrote, produced and directed this inspiring prairie story. The cast includes individuals from the Harris and Rosetown regions. With such popular success of the original, "The Pull of the Land - The Sequel", has now taken the stage. The play has also become the highlight of the annual four-day Harris Summer Festival and the many street murals depicting "The Pull of the Land" painted by Liza Gareau Tosh.
Owner/Artist/Actor/Musician/Entrepreneur Liza Gareau Tosh.
To take a step further in the past, visit Herschel, located 30 km northwest of Rosetown, which has a legacy of archaeological, paleontology and historical sites.
Take a guided tour through the ravines to discover tipi rings, cairns, fire pits, buffalo jumps, vision quest sites, graves, food caches, effigies and much more. Wildlife, birds and flowers inhabit the streams and ravine. There was even a fossilized skeleton of a 25-foot plesiosaur discovered and excavated.
In the ravines there are three rare petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are carvings on limestone rocks deposited by the last glacier, which is believed to be 1,300 years old. There were artifacts found near the petroglyphs dating back to the 1700's. They help indicate the site as a sacred site and meeting place for the aboriginal people.
The Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre houses a collection of ancient tools, arrowheads and rock formations. Marine fossils, including the vertebrae of a plesiosaur are there to view. A video of the ravine hikes is also available if the weather is poor or a person cannot handle the walk. Close by is the Rainbow Culture Camp where you can rent a tipi to sleep in for the night.
Hours of Operation (May 15 - Sept 1)
Monday - Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
For more information or to book a time outside of regular hours, contact the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre at (306) 377-2045 or by email email@example.com.
When you are finished viewing all the exciting artifacts at the Interpretive Centre visit the Valley View Tea and Craft Room. They offer various types of crafts, tea and baking including their specialty, home-made Saskatoon Berry Pie.
Hours of Operation (May - end of Sept)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
You can contact the Valley View Tea and Craft Room at (306) 377-4551.
On the way to Ancient Echoes stop by the Herschel Museum. A collection of local pioneer tools, household articles, school and R.M. memorabilia can be viewed. To arrange an access time, contact the Ancient Echoes staff and volunteers at (306) 377-2045.