See the Museum in a Whole New Light – Literally!

CBClarkeFormalI’ve been talking to lots of people who keep meaning to visit the museum, but just haven’t found the time yet. If this is you, you’re in luck! On Friday, September 27th, we’ll be open all evening in celebration of Culture Days — a brilliant Canada-wide initiative that encourages people to get involved with arts and heritage. The main museum building and historic Reid House will be open, as well as our log farmstead (which is normally only open during the summer months). Stop by on your way home from work or bring the family after dinner to spend the evening. You can try your hand at some old-fashioned arts and crafts like quilling or weaving or perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy a cup of tea and something sweet on Reid House’s beautiful wrap-around porch or visit with our blacksmith… We’ll be here until 10:00pm and we can’t wait to welcome you!

What’s Hidden Behind that Divider?

Our annual book sale is coming up!It’s that exciting time of year when the museum starts to resemble a library (though, as you can see, not a very organized one – yet!) Yes, it’s less than a week until our annual book sale! From Ian Rankin to Jane Austen, cookbooks to computer books, and everything in between, we have it!

The museum book sale has become a tradition over the years for many local residents and cottagers – a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading and find some hidden gems – but our book sale is also a hugely important fundraiser for the museum. Money raised through this event helps us to provide new programs and exhibits at the museum, as well as other fun and exciting events.

We hope you’ll join us on July 27th between 10am and 4pm!

Recent Acquisitions

Pearson’s PennantWe’ve had an amazing couple of weeks of donations with each item being even more interesting than the one before, but this one really caught our eyes as a piece of recent history. This is a sample of a flag that was proposed to represent Canada. The maple leaf flag, which is today considered such an emblem of Canada, is actually quite new, only having been adopted in 1965.

Prior to its adoption, there was great debate within the Canadian government as to what emblem would best represent the country in the replacement of the Canadian Red Ensign. Over 3000 design proposals for the new flag were received, with the maple leaf being by far the most commonly chosen symbol of our country. Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson was a great fan of this version of the flag – so much so that it came to be known as “Pearson’s Pennant”, but it was ultimately George Stanley’s design inspired by the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada which was to prove the winner.