Middleville & District Museum

4 Jul 2015

Heritage Day

Things took a little longer back in the day. Come to Heritage Day on July 11 and see how things were done ... from spinning wool for clothes to old washing machines and the farm equipment used to put food on the table. 
Everything is happening at the Middleville Fairgrounds and the Middleville Museum with free transportation between sites. 

Admission is $5 for the day. See you there!







13 Jun 2015

Family History Day

Drop in for a chat about your Lanark area family history from 11 to 3 on Sunday June 14 with David Murdoch.

1 Jun 2015

Family History Day

Somerville, Blackburn, Affleck, Rodger, Rankin, Yuill

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.




P.S. If you recognize any of the faces, we would love to hear from you.

18 May 2015

Opening Day

Many thanks to our visitors to the Museum yesterday who came for tea and stayed for the auction. A special thank you is due auctioneer, Alex Cuthbertson, for the donation of his time and expertise. Thank you also to those who donated items for the auction. 

It is always good to see people connect with the Museum and its displays and with each other over tea and treats. 

We are looking forward to hosting many more visitors during our season which runs until the Monday of Thanksgiving weekend.




12 May 2015

Athabaska – The Story of a Painting

This oil painting is one of a series commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway for the lobby of the Banff Springs Hotel in the 1930s.Tha artist, Margaret Lougheed, was the aunt of Peter Lougheed, the former Premier of Alberta.

When the hotel was renovated in the early 1950s, the paintings were put in a CPR storehouse in Calgary and forgotten. This one was rescued by a railway worker who took it home and put it in his garage. Eventually, it came into the hands of Max Sutherland of Nepean who had it cleaned, restored and offered for auction in its original frame.

Now is a chance to bid on a bit of genuine Canadiana. It speaks of the days when the great railway hotels were a Canadian institution; when many dreamed of a train trip through the Rockies; and when the trains travelled coast to coast and all points in between.
 


10 May 2015

Items for the Museum Auction, Sat. May 16th


5 Rockwell plates with documentation. 1) Portrait of a Bridegroom
                                                                      2) Light for the Winter
                                                                      3) Waiting on the Shore
                                                                      4) Pondering on the Porch

                                                                       5) Dreaming in the Attic
Painting by Margaret Lougheed, commissioned by the C.P.R. for the Banff Springs Hotel, 1920
Picture of girl & chicks, 24”x 32” – very old
Kirstead print of Buttermilk Falls at Snow Road
Framed photo by B. Kubicki  from her recent showing
2 paintings donated by Nora Shorkey, an accomplished local artist.
 2 ) Your Family History researched by Genealogist David Murdoch (usual value $200 to $400)
4 hardcover cross stitch pattern books
3 long white hand-stitched christening dresses, very old
Camisole, lace top   plus the lace top (only) of another
Boys 2 pc. Harris Tweed wool suit with velvet collar (coat and pants with braces) --fit about a 5 year old??
2 multicolored hand knit shawls
Hand knit ivory wool cardigan with matching scarf
Round Table cover, ecru, crocheted, 80” diameter, excellent condition
Dresser scarf & doily, hand-made, like Battenburg lace
Lacy white window toppers  2) 76’x20” deep
1)      172”x 20” deep
2 regular & 2 reversible Jackets & 2 vests made by Catherine Kelly, size 12 to 14 Womens

Royal Doulton Figurines
Hummel Figurines
Kirstead Collector Plates
2 vases & 0ne pair of candle holders by sculptor, Hanne Lawrence, Ottawa
Shillcraft wall hanging of violets
Maple Syrup-- Donated by Karen Ennis
                       -- Donated by Thompsontown Maple Products
Hand-knit alpaca socks, donated by Susan Berlin
Wooden article made by Sandy McAdoo of McAdoo Construction
Basket from Balderson Cheese
Lawn ornament made by Dale Burnell
One copy of Claudia Smith’s book, “When The Sugar Bird Sings”
4 sheets of glass—40”x65” –1/2 inch thick
3 sheets of slate  -- 47”x70” – (2 are ¼ inch thick & third is 1/2 inch )
Additional items arriving daily

7 May 2015

Opening Day Reminder


All roads lead to the Middleville & District Museum on Saturday, May 16 from 11:00 - 3:00
See you there!

27 Apr 2015

Opening Day Tea and Auction, Middleville and District Museum



Mark your calendar: as it does every year, the Middleville and District Museum invites you to its Opening Day Tea, which will be offered on Saturday, May 16th. But this year, there’s an additional draw: the Museum has scheduled an auction of heritage and modern works of art and hand-made textile items.  Alex Cuthbertson will be the auctioneer. Among the items to be auctioned are:

·         Pair of water-colour flower paintings by Nora Shorkey (http://www.norashorkeyart.com/paintings/) ;
·         Hummel and Royal Doulton figurines;
·         Keirstead collector plates;
·         Hand-knit shawls;
·         Hand-made jackets and vests; and
·         Exquisite hand-stitched children’s long dresses (probably over 100 years old)
·         Local Maple syrup;
·         Hand carved woodcrafted item by Sandy McAdoo

plus many other items. All will be on display for viewing from 11:00 a.m. until the auction begins at 1:00 p.m.





While you wait for the auction to start, you’ll want to see at least the highlights of the Museum’s collection: for example, the completely reconstructed and furnished settlers’ cabin. As you enter its low doorway, you’ll immediately see and feel how pioneer families lived, in small log buildings that sheltered not only their domestic lives, but also the household industries that made survival in the wilderness possible.




As you can imagine, in those pre-electronic days, mail delivery was a crucial factor in maintaining family ties, and also in allowing people in isolated communities to order essentials that couldn’t be made locally. The museum houses the Royal Mail coach contracted to John E. Blackburn in 1912 as well as a 1918 Model T Chev truck, carefully restored by Clive Rodger.




The original part of the Museum’s building was once the Middleville school, and one of the classrooms has been re-created there – including the children’s desks and their schoolbooks. A look into one of the grade seven grammar books is very likely to be intimidating to modern readers!
Remember that there will be several Museum items for sale: tickets for the annual Quilt Raffle (to be drawn at the Fall Fair in September); 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.




And if you have family roots in this area, ask for David Murdoch, who will be at the Museum; he’s in charge of the Museum’s extraordinary collection of family histories, photographs – and often, just plain good stories.


14 Apr 2015

Opening Day

It won't be long one before we open our doors for the season. Come and visit us starting Saturday May 16!

11 Aug 2014

Guns of August


2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  On Saturday, August 16, from 1 to 4 pm, the Middleville Museum will present a picture of what the war meant to small towns in Eastern Ontario - particularly, to people who lived in and around Middleville at the beginning of the second decade of the 20th century.



2 Jul 2014

Highlands Heritage Day - In motion


Once again the village of Middleville should be your family destination on July 5, 2014, 9:00 - 4:00, for the second annual Highlands Heritage Day - in motion. 

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

Where to Buy "By Word of Mouth"

We recently launched Claudia Smith's new book By Word Of Mouth at our Season Opening Tea. If you haven't got your copy yet, it is now being sold at several locations for $14.95. You can pick up a copy at the Middleville and District Museum, The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Mill Street Books in Almonte, The Book Nook in Perth, or The Lanark Era. If you can't make it to any of these locations, you can also purchase it online by emailing maborrowman@gmail.com. Shipping and handling will be applied to those ordering it online.

23 May 2014

Family History Day




Do you have family history in Lanark County? If so, you're in luck! Sunday, June 22 will be The Middleville and District Museum's very first Family History Day. David Murdoch, our Board member and experienced genealogist will be on hand to provide ancestry information for families with Lanark County roots. If there are artifacts in the museum that are related to your family history, we can direct you to see them. We would like to make this event a 'show & tell', so if you have any family documents or photos, feel free to share them. Entry is free of charge and donations are always welcome. Tea, coffee, and snacks will be available upon donation. The event will be held from 1-4 pm at The Middleville and District Museum.

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

Open for the Season

 

This year our Season Opening Tea appropriately fell on International Museum Day, May 18th, May being Museum Month. It promises to be another great season with many planned events throughout the summer and fall.  We hope you will join us.

June 22 —  Family History Day:  Let us help you research your family history.
July 5 — Heritage Day "In Motion"
August 17 — Guns of August:  100th Anniversary of WWI.  How the Great War affected our community.
September 13 — Middleville Fall Fair: "The Tradition Continues"
October 12 — Apple Festival: Celebrating local and heritage apples!



17 May 2014

Claudia Smith Book Launch and Opening Tea


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.








6 Oct 2013

Thanksgiving in Lanark highlands

Aah, the crisp clean air, the warm sunshine of dog days, the unmistakable smell of fall, a key of geese in the bright blue sky, and all punctuated by the spectacular fall colours.  It's what makes autumn in Ontario worth putting up with the winter in Ontario, and no place better to experience it than a drive through the Lanark highlands - where maples abound and small towns welcome you.
Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional closing weekend for the Middleville & District Museum so we invite you to combine your drive through the stunning fall colours of the Lanark Highlands with a visit to the Middleville & District Museum.  Enjoy hot apple cider and treats, as well as videos from days gone by.  Thanksgiving Friday through Monday 1-4pm.  

The Museum will close until Victoria Day weekend but we always welcome your inquiries at 613-259-5462 or middlevillemuseum@gmail.com




20 Sep 2013

2013 Quilt Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Marilyn Hagan of Perth for winning this year's beautiful Log Cabin Quilt.  Marilyn bought the winning ticket at Perth Independant where she works.  Thank you to all the museum supporters who worked on this project - from the ticket sellers to quilters.
We also send our gratitude to all the folks who purchased tickets and made this fundraiser another successful one.  The 2014 fundraising quilt project is already underway.  If you would like to contribute a block to this community endeavour contact us at middlevillemuseum@gmail.com or phone 613-259-5462.  Looking forward to another beautiful quilt in 2014.

19 Sep 2013

A Glimpe of the 2013 Middleville Fair

Fall days don't get any better than the one we had on September 14th 2013 for the Middleville Agricultural Fair.  A crisp, blue sky day that makes you glad to be alive. 
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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFWCBZ8ksa0



28 Jun 2013

Tipsy is back - July 6, 2013

Highlands Heritage Day "In Motion" on July 6th.

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 the butter churning dog
Tipsy and Alice Borrowman churn butter.

25 Jun 2013

Alice Borrowman on Lake 88

 Today's Local Radio
Alice Borrowman talks to Ian Sutton of Lake 88.  They discuss the museum's history, the expansion project and OTF grant as well as the upcoming "Heritage Day in Motion".

Listen to the interview

New Wing of Middleville Museum Soars as it Opens to Public

The Grand Opening event was a resounding success. As guests meandered  throughout the newly renovated and expanded museum, many seeing certain exhibits and artifacts for the first time, sounds of delight emanated from every corner of the place.
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

Middleville & District Museum celebrates opening of new wing - June 23



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony June 23, 2013 1-4pm

Yes it's true, the museum opened its doors for the season Victoria Day weekend, and yes there were treats, and our beautiful 2013 fundraiser quilt was unveiled, and lots of people attended to marvel at the transformation of the museum over the winter.  That's all true, but we are so excited about the project and its completion, that we want to really celebrate and thank the people who made it possible.  So on June 23, 2013 please join us in celebrating the new wing and the folks who helped make it happen.  Enjoy free admission to the museum, and no celebration is complete without treats.  The Reception starts at 1:00pm and will run through to 4:00pm with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony taking place at 2:00pm.

We hope to see you there!

29 May 2013

2013 Fundraiser Quilt Unveiled


This year's fundraiser quilt is is another,100% cotton, old-fashioned Log Cabin Scrap Quilt, and again this year it is a community effort, with 26 individuals taking part in its making.  It is a traditional Log Cabin quilt where red centres in each block symbolize the hearth.  Building on the "Barn Raising" pattern, the blocks are arranged with a "Crystal Star" in the centre in celebration of the completion of the Museum expansion project of 2012-2013. 

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the museum as well as different events and location throughout the summer.  Keep an eye out here for news of locations.  The draw will take place at the Middleville Fair on Saturday, September 14, at 4:00.