Soap­box derby his­tory fea­tured at Mu­seum

The Southwest Booster - - CITY PAGE - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The 35 year long Swift Cur­rent tra­di­tion of soap­box derby rac­ing is now be­ing high­lighted at the Swift Cur­rent Mu­seum.

The tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion gallery at the Mu­seum is show­cas­ing soap­box derby rac­ing and the lo­cal club his­tory un­til Oc­to­ber 20.

“Swift Cur­rent has the long­est run­ning Soap Box Derby in Canada,” ex­plained Stephanie Ka­duck, the Ed­u­ca­tion and Pub­lic Pro­grams Of­fi­cer at the Mu­seum.

The ex­hi­bi­tion shares some of the de­tails of the ef­forts of the ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als be­hind the in­au­gu­ral Swift Cur­rent soap­box derby back in 1983, and the con­tin­ued ef­fort to keep the sport alive for area young­sters.

The Mu­seum was ap­proached by the Swift Cur­rent Soap­box Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to see if they would be in­ter­ested in putting their his­tory on dis­play.

Ka­duck said it fits per­fectly in their man­date to show­case lo­cal his­tory.

“One of the im­por­tant things for us to cover is some of the dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups, and this is a re­ally fun one,” she ex­plained.

“I started do­ing some back­ground re­search, not know­ing a whole lot about soap box. And then they started bring­ing stuff in. Its just been a blast.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play dur­ing reg­u­lar mu­seum hours. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 306-778-2775.

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