Leduc West Antique Society
Pioneer museum restores and preserves the past
In 1990 a group of locals came together to form the Leduc West Antique Society (LWAS). Their purpose was to collect, restore, maintain and display historic buildings, vehicles, antiques and other items used by the pioneers who settled this area in the late 1800s and throughout the 20th century. The idea was to preserve the history of Leduc, Calmar, Thorsby and surrounding communities for future generations to give them a glimpse of what life was like in times past.
Leduc West Antique Society was established in 1992 when LWAS purchased 80 acres of land west of Leduc. The land was little more than a trackless swamp at the time, but has since been built into a rather impressive pioneer museum that not only hosts LWAS functions but is available to rent for weddings, reunions and other special events.
Today LWAS boasts about 250 members from Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC and the US, including lifetime and active members. As a registered non-profit organization, LWAS can collect donations and issue receipts for tax purposes.
Over the years, LWAS has gladly accepted donations of several historic buildings, such as the Ohrn House and the Dniester School. As well, several replica buildings have been built at the park, including an authentic Black Smith Shop where members of the Western Canadian Blacksmith Guild use old methods and antique tools to create artifacts for the park.
Join the fun
LWAS hosts several events throughout the year that are open to the public, as well as hosting school tours and private tours upon request. Annual events include the May Tractor Pull and Country Swap Meet, the Annual Exposition in July and the Country Harvest every September. Visitors are invited to tour the historic buildings and check out the various displays and demonstrations.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of LWAS, giving generously of their time and energy for planning events and restoration projects, maintenance of the buildings and upkeep of the park grounds.