A small crowd gathered at the grounds of the Blaine Lake Library Sunday, Aug. 5, to witness the historic dedication and unveiling of the millstone.
The millstone was a significant piece of equipment used in the livelihood of the Doukhobour settlements in the late 1890s. This particular millstone was located at the Doukhobour Village known as Petrofka and was donated to the museum as an integral part of Blaine Lake’s history. This particular millstone was mounted and used to grind grain for use as a staple in their diet.
Nick Postnikoff initiated the “millstone project” and, after much research and assistance, was able to draw enough resources and funding to proceed with the construction of a shelter for the display of the millstone.
Mayor Ernie Crowder acknowledged Nick spearheading the project. He also commended the many individuals and contractors involved in making the project a reality.
Following the ribbon cutting of the millstone was Blaine Lake Library’s dedication of a memorial park. Four years ago, library board member Elsie Magiera expressed an interest in developing a memorial park in honour of the ancestors and pioneers. Patricia Shabbits and Elsie Magiera proceeded to research and develop a plan for the garden to have it ready for the centennial celebrations.
Mayor Ernie Crowder again commended the individuals for their insight and dedication in honouring the pioneers. He also commented that without the tireless efforts of community volunteers it would be difficult to have so much accomplished.
Anyone can purchase an engraved plate on the memorial garden plaque. More information about purchasing a plaque space can be obtained by contacting the library.