Since 1980, the DSPM has hosted an annual Museum Day the first Sunday of July in conjunction with the Ogema Agricultural Society’s (established 1914) annual fair. This weekend is an unofficial yearly homecoming for many Ogema and area residents, past and present. It also draws heritage enthusiasts from the surrounding regions and beyond.
Museum Day consists of many family friendly activities and demonstrations. Most years there is a threshing demonstration. Other demonstrations include: rope-making, flour grinding, and blacksmithing. There is a pancake breakfast to start off the day, a church service, Old Tyme music and a parade of vintage machinery, in addition to a delicious lunch. In 2014, two new events were added: a Prairie Fairy Tale storytelling session and a Secrets of the Deep South Pioneer Museum tour which unearthed some of the stories behind the buildings and artifacts at the DSPM.
Mark your calendar for the Deep South Pioneer Museum Day July 5, 2015!
Starting in the summer of 2014, the DSPM offers a day camp for children ages 5-12. Participants spend the day learning about the "olden days” through such activities as a scavenger hunt, making rope, grinding flour and baking homemade biscuits from it, making a traditional craft and playing old-fashioned games like Blind Man’s Bluff. Finally, the young pioneers finish the day with afternoon tea.
The 2014 Pioneer Day Camps are full, but watch this page for information about next summer’s camps.