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Charlie Wilson's Amazing Collection
His friends and neighbours knew Charlie Wilson collected silverware. The Weyburn area farmer had been collecting pieces from around the world for many years. But it wasn’t until shortly after his death in 1995 that the size and value of this remarkable collection came to light.
Mr. Wilson bequeathed his collection to the Soo Line Historical Museum, and when museum staff arrived to transfer the collection, they couldn’t believe their eyes. Over 5,000 items filled a room from floor to ceiling. Items included tea service sets, salt and pepper shakers, figurines, frames, spoons and much more, ranging in vintage from around 1700 to 1972.
One of the stipulations around the bequest was that the collection be displayed in a single room. Thanks to grants, other bequests and several years of hard work by members of the Soo Line Historical Society, the entire collection is on permanent display in the Charlie Wilson Room.
Over 400 pieces of the collection have been appraised as being of national historic importance, and are protected under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.
The Soo Line Historical Museum is open year round. Visit the website for more information, or call (306)842-2922.