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August 2016 Artifact of the MonthMuseum volunteers Carol Gray and her helper Bev come in every week and help us keep our artifacts in good shape. They dust, polish silver and clean leather. Recently they were working on a set of dining room chairs that are on display in the Tempest House in the Heritage Village. Bev commented on all of the intricate detail she noticed while using a q-tip to get the dust out of the little nooks and crannies.

I had gotten the chairs out for her and hardly noticed the fine details, but when I took the time to look I was surprised at the amount of beautiful carving that was contained on each of the four chairs in the set.

The set came from the estate of Bert and Miriam Tieman. Mr. Tieman originally came from Holland, settled in Alberta in 1921 and married Miriam Hutchinson in Calgary in 1926. In 1927 they came to the Peace Country to farm, but came to Grande Prairie in 1946.

The Tiemans were very active in local affairs. Bert served on the Town Council for 11 years, was an avid supporter of the Museum and both were interested in improving the lives of mentally handicapped people. Bert, among his many talents, was an expert woodcarver. Whether he made the chairs or brought them from Holland is not known, but they are very interesting chairs indeed. The chairs are back in the Tempest House. To take a closer look at them, ask the front desk staff to get the curator as they are hard to see from the doorway.
Last updated: 8/17/2016 4:22:05 PM