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Museum’s new coffee club aims to combat loneliness, social isolation

The club also aims to show visitors another side of artifacts to which the public rarely has access
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The Western Development Museum has created a Coffee Club to not only help combat loneliness and social isolation, but also to educate visitors about lesser known artifacts. Photo courtesy WDM

If you’re looking to break free of loneliness and isolation, or want to learn something about Moose Jaw’s history, then the Western Development Museum’s new coffee club is just for you.

The WDM Coffee Club is a new initiative that is open to everyone. It includes a short, informal presentation about one of the museum’s artifacts or a Saskatchewan heritage theme, followed by a time of socializing with coffee and cookies.

The goal of the program is to introduce new visitors to the building and help regular visitors gain a broader understanding of these histories. The talks may include short photo presentations of behind-the-scenes pictures of the artifacts — such as the interiors of planes and vehicles that are usually off-limits to the public — or even short films.

The first Coffee Club get-together is Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. The museum will talk about one of the artifacts in its collection, the Vickers Vedette boat plane.

It is $3 to drop in but does not include gallery admission. WDM members get in for free.

For more information call 306-693-5989.