Museum Overview

About The Museum

 
The Dickson Store Museum is a 1930’s style General Store that sold groceries, hardware, dry goods, and included a Post Office. Our costumed interpreters will take you for a walk into the past as you view the restored store, post office, and living quarters of the Christiansen family on the second floor.

The former Post Office is a Gift Shop that features arts and crafts by local artists as well as Souvenir Plates, Spoons, and Pins. We sell a variety of old-fashioned candy and Foothills Ice Cream. Our large yard and picnic tables are a great place to enjoy a family picnic together.

The Dickson Store Museum Hours:

*Mid-May til Labour Day
*Monday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm
*Sunday 12:30-5:30pm

Feel free to browse around this site. If you have comments or questions about the museum and its programs, or simply need more information and want to contact us, please phone the museum at 403-728-3355 or e-mail us at dicksonstoremuseum@gmail.com .
 

Historical Information

 
Dickson is the oldest Danish settlement in Western Canada, as well as the home to the largest Danish settlement on the Canadian Prairies. It was settled in 1903 by seventeen Danish settlers from Nebraska. The 17 original Danish settlers came to the Dickson region in hopes of owning their own land and establishing a future for their families.  The struggles and hardships of homesteading were endless, but  the pioneers worked together to build the community of Dickson. In 1905, Carl and Laura Christiansen, two of the original settlers, opened a post office in their home. In 1909, Carl built and opened the General Store in Dickson. The family lived on the second floor. The general store contributed largely to e effort of building the community.. Carl Christiansen bartered with farm produce and lumber allowing pioneers to obtain essential supplies.The Christiansen family continued to operate the store until it closed in 1980.

Restoration of the store began in 1987through the unselfish efforts of  many dedicated volunteers, and in 1991 it was officially opened as a museum by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The Dickson Store Museum, is a 1930’s restoration of the general store, post office, cold room, and living quarters.  Outside facilities include a grassy picnic area and the restored lumber shed . Old fashioned candy,  ice cream and souvenirs are available in the unique gift shop.
 
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