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It'll be a blast (umm, I don't mean that exactly!)
18 Jul 2015
Many years ago, when the Township Hall was in Middleville, a very large safe guarded the municipality’s valuables. Time passed, the Municipal Hall relocated, and the safe was moved to the Middleville & District Museum. Unfortunately, the combination for the safe was lost in the transition.
Fast forward to Sunday, August 9. The Museum has invited Dan Hagan, a ‘safecracker,’ to try his hand at opening the safe, and the public is invited to watch the event. Curiosity has been building as to what will be found inside: Perhaps some old money, no longer legal tender? A gold watch that was to be given to an employee on his retirement? Stock certificates for a defunct corporation?
Or...maybe there will be nothing – nothing at all – inside.
You never know. Come and watch with bated breath! The safe will be opened at 1:00 o’clock; if you’re at the Museum before then, you can take your best guess as to what will be found, write it down on a ticket (to be provided) – and see if you guessed right.
A prize will be awarded to the first correct guess drawn!
And while you’re there, take the opportunity to wander around the Museum and see its amazing collection of local historic artifacts. Don’t forget that the tickets for the Museum’s annual Quilt Raffle (to be drawn at the Fall Fair in September) will be available. As well, Claudia Smith’s wonderful collection of stories, gathered from descendants of this area’s original settlers; museum T-shirts, which always attract attention; and several other books and monographs of local historic interest will also be on sale.
The Museum is open Friday through Sunday, and Holiday Mondays, from Victoria Day to Labour Day; hours are 11:00 to 3:00. For more information, see our website (http://middlevillemuseum.blogspot.ca/) or call 613-259-5462.
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1 Jun 2015
These are just some of the family names esily recognized as coming from the Middleville area.
If you would like to know more about these or other local families - Borrowman, Dodds, Mather, McKay or Penman or your own maybe? - come along on Sunday June 14 from 11-3 to find out what we know (or can find out for you) at the Museum.
Two of the photos below were taken between 1890 and 1920 in Lanark Township by Rev. A. Macaulay and/or Russell Borrowman. The museum has an extensive collection of glass negatives that reveals a rich portrait of community life at the turn of the last century.
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2 Jul 2014
The Middleville and District Museum and the Middleville Agricultural Society will take you back in time to catch a glimpse of the life and celebrate the accomplishments of Lanark settlers in the highlands in the late 1800s and early 1900s .
At the Museum you will see demonstrations of many homecrafts such as weaving, bobbin lace making, rug hooking and spinning. You may be surprised to discover what animal "hair" is being spun into yarn.
The fair grounds will be host to a myriad of old tractors, trucks, hit-and-miss engines and other interesting farm equipment, with working demonstrations.
Children can participate in traditional heritage games such as a sack race . The "older children" can compete in x-cut saw, nail driving and kettle boil competitions.
Entertainment will be on hand at the fairgrounds and both locations will have refreshments available for a small price. Be sure to stay for the ham and beans supper at 4:00.
Parking is free and a "taxi" wagon will shuttle you between the parking area and the two sites.
See you in Middleville!
15 Jun 2014
23 May 2014
On the same day, we are partnering with the Middleville Community Centre for their Strawberry Social, which will be held from 12-2 pm. There will be a barbeque lunch, strawberry shortcake, and refreshments for sale. There will also be musical entertainment provided by Alberta and Friends and balloon animals and face painting for children. All of the proceeds will go towards kitchen improvements at the Middleville Community Centre.
Why not spend the afternoon of Sunday, June 22nd in the friendly village of Middleville? Hope to see you there!
Pictured is Wendy Phillips, a former board member and frequent visitor who likes to play violin for our guests.
18 May 2014
17 May 2014
The Opening Tea on Sunday, May 18, starts another great season of the Middleville Museum with a special event.
We are proud to present a new book by Claudia Smith - an acclaimed author of local history.
By Word of Mouth , the newest addition to a long list of books written by Ms. Smith is an anthology of her work written for the Lanak Era over the last 23 year.
Please join us for the Book Launch and signing on May 18, 1-4pm at the museum.
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19 Sep 2013
This is the day, of course, when the fundraiser quilt which has been lovingly made and displayed all summer long finds its "forever home" - this year Marilyn Hagan of Perth was the lucky winner. But most of all we look forward to Fair day for the community of it, meeting with friends and neighbours close and distant.
If you happened to miss the fair this year, or if you were there and want to relive it, watch this video by videographer and community supporter, Paul Weber of Ottawa. It'll make you eager for next year's fair.
28 Jun 2013
Tipsy the dog will once again help Alice Borrowman churn butter at the Highlands Heritage Day "In Motion" on July 6th. The museum will also be demonstrating some of the old-time washing machines from its collection as well as showing other domestic arts such as quilting, tatting, bobbin lace, rug hooking and an all day sheep-to-shawl demonstration. You will be able to try your hand at some of these crafts as well as enjoy refreshments at a Tea Room in the new museum courtyard. Admission is $5 and includes both the Fairgrounds and the museum venues.
|Tipsy and Alice Borrowman churn butter.|
25 Jun 2013
The official ceremonies began at 2:00pm with a blessing of the building by Rev. Rod Bennett of the United Church. We then heard from Ontario Trillium Foundation's Gordon Munro as he congratulated the Museum Board and volunteers on the work done, and then presented a plaque to Museum Chair, Alice Borrowman and Mayor Peter McLaren. He was followed by Lanark County Warden, Bill Dobson; the Mayor, Peter McLaren; Councilman, Bob Sutcliffe; Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Michael Rikley-Lancaster; Lanark Archives' Marylin Snedden; Each speaker also expressing high praise and admiration. Alice Borrowman neatly finished off the speaches before the official ribbon cutting by volunteers extraordinaire Bob McKay and Jim Muise.
And before the crowd was once more free to wander the premises, discover more treasures, and reminisce, Alice along side Norville Wilson, whose mother was one of the founders of the museum, took an opportunity to cut the ceremonial cake. The cake was then served by it's bakers, Eilena and Aprile Dempsey of Eilena's Fabulous Cakes. The ceremony was a reunion of sorts to the many diaspora who have roots in the area but it also was a great opportunity for those new to the community to discover the museum and the great wealth of preserved heritage it guards and promotes.
So folks, even if you were here on June 23 and poked around the many rooms, chances are great you only saw a tiny portion of what's in store so we hope to see you again and again, and with your friends in tow.
Visit our photo gallery for more pictures of the June 23 event and construction progress.
|Guests were welcomed with the sound of bagpipes played by Lee Welsh|
|Gordon Munro of OTF was among those who praised the work done at the Museum|
|Scores of museum supporters were on hand to take part in the festivities|
3 Jun 2013
We hope to see you there!