Middleville & District 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.





 

18 May 2013

Season Opening Tea - May 19, 1-4pm


It's Victoria Day Long Weekend..... and that means it's Opening Tea time at the museum.  It's also apple blossom time in the Lanark Highlands and a lovely time for a leisurely drive through the area.  We'll be waiting for you with a cuppa, some tasty treats and the unveiling of our fundraiser quilt. See you soon!

Season Opening Tea
Sunday, May 19, 1:00-4:00pm

 This season we have extended our hours and will be open:
May 19 through Thanksgiving Weekend - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays 1-4pm

28 Apr 2013

Gearing up for the opening

Less than a month till the doors open for the season and all hands are on deck getting the museum ready for the new season.  A multitude of volunteers put in boundless amounts of energy and time to ensure that our expansion project comes off without a hitch.  It's been a long winter of building, painting and moving exhibits but the results are staggering.  Opening tea is scheduled for Victoria Day Sunday as usual so mark May 19th 1-4pm in your calendars.  And of course the community has created another beautiful quilt to be raffled off at the Middleville Fair this september.  Looking forward to seeing everyone back and enjoying the new museum.

16 Oct 2012

Closed for the Season



The 2012 season is officially over but the museum is always open by appointment.  
613 259-5462  or maborrowman@gmail.com

The long awaited move

Settlers' log cabin
1830's settlers' log cabin being move to its new location at the Middleville Museum
This 1830's log cabin, typical of what settlers would have built upon arriving in their new land, was dismantled log by log and reassembled inside the new wing of the museum.  It will be the backdrop for the depiction of the original local settlers' lives.

16 Aug 2012

Raise the Roof Barn Dance


barn dance posterWe’re celebrating our exciting building expansion with an evening bash of dancing and grub - held in the new addition before we fill it with exhibits - so join us in raising the roof and raising some funds!!  

Raise the Roof Barn Dance

Saturday, September 8th  6-10pm
$10 per person,  $25 per family
Tickets at the door

It will be a family event of old time music, country dancing and chili.  Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary, so spread the word and bring the whole family.

A $100,000 grant received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation made it possible to start the expansion project, which will enable us to better protect and display the rich collection of Lanark heritage.  There is however a shortfall which we need to fill.  This fundraiser will help us reach that goal.



6 Aug 2012

Middleville & District Museum congratulates Lanark Village on its 150th anniversary


We joined the parade in a 1912 horse and buggy, called a surrey.  The surrey was restored by James Coupland, and we thank Bob Reid, the owner of this treasure, for sharing it with us. 
Wendy Phillips serenades the crowds with her fiddle playing as the parade winds its way from Civitan Hall to Maplegrove School.

1 Jul 2012

Time Capsule - Hide a surprise for future generations



Happy Canada Day!  A beautiful, sunny Lanark Highlands summer day.  As we continue to preserve our local history, it is with future generations in mind.  Imagine the fun they will have years from now as they open our "time capsule". Think geo-caching except we'll save you the trouble of the search - it's at the Middleville & District Museum!! Lat-Long: 45.099442,-76.398196
The building project is progressing swiftly now so visit us soon and contribute a small article for this project - be it a poem, pressed flower, your favourite recipe, whatever strikes your fancy - before the walls close in.  

29 Jun 2012

Expansion project in full swing

new addition
Roof trusses are being installed on the museum addition.

After some delays the expansion project is back in business.  Here we are coming up to Canada Day weekend and the addition is really starting to take shape.  The construction activity is taking up much of the grounds but we are open as usual.   

new addition

22 May 2012

Fundraiser quilt revealed

Middleville & District Museum fundraiser quilt 2012
The opening tea on Sunday was the first opportunity to view and purchase raffle tickets for our 2012 fundraiser quilt.  As usual, the quilt project was a community effort and a great way to connect with neighbours and meet new friends.  This year we decided to do a Log Cabin quilt again but this time, in celebration of the expansion project, it's arranged in the barn raising pattern.  We all agree that it's beautiful and think that you will agree.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the museum and various outlets throughout the summer until the draw in September.  For further info call Alice at (613) 259-5462.  See more pictures here

We're open for the season

Another great season at the MDM has begun.  We are open every weekend until Thanksgiving or by appoingtment (613)-259-5462 so there is plenty of opportunity to come explore the exhibits, do geneological research or check in on the progress of our expansion project. 
See you soon!

13 May 2012

Opening Tea May 20, 1- 4pm


The traditional Victoria Day Opening Tea is much anticipated this year as we look forward to a busy season.  Join us on May 20, 1- 4pm to celebrate our expansion project.  Submit something to our time capsule.  Witness the unveiling of our fundraiser quilt.  Enjoy some fine refreshments.

27 Mar 2012

Work on expansion has begun

Shovels hit the ground this week so the expansion is a reality.  There should be a spiffy new addition by the time the musuem opens its doors for the season on Victoria weekend. How grand.

5 Mar 2012

Fundraiser Quilt 2012 in the works

Fundraiser quilt 2012 - barn raising arrangement of log cabin blocks
Work on this year's fundraiser quilt has been quietly going on all winter as a group of museum supporters have been piecing their blocks.  Last weekend several of us met to assemble the 48 log cabin blocks into a "barn raising" pattern.  Next step, quilting bee.

27 Feb 2012

Ontario Trillium Foundation helps our museum grow

In 2011 the museum was bestowed a fully-restored 1918 Chevrolet truck.  The donation came from family of the late Clive Rodger who did the restoration.  So what does one do in the face of such a gift when, in the words of Alice Borrowman, curator and board chair, there isn’t room for a dinky toy let alone a truck?  One thinks big - it’s time to expand.  Thanks to a $100,200 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, work on the 50’x56’ addition will begin in March. It will be a welcome expansion to the museum which is quite overcrowded with a wealth of artifacts.  Among other unique and “oversized” items looking for a safe and sound home is a settler’s log cabin built in the 1830s - check back for further details.
So, it’s fixing to be a busy few months here at the Middleville & District Museum.  Check back for updates on our progress, opportunities to help out, or just enjoy the activities.


8 Sep 2011

Reunion results in new material at Museum

One of the great side benefits of the recent School Reunion is that the histories compiled by each school will be available at the Middleville & District Museum for public reading and research by the end of September. Also coming to the Museum this fall is a collection of stories about school and community life in Middleville. An idea propelled by the reunion and compiled by Ruth Affleck Thomson.

School Reunion a Huge Success

As the ads for the Lanark Township School Reunion promised, there were many smiles and yes, even a blush or two at the August 21st event sponsored by the Middleville & District Museum. Many hands (and heads) went into the planning and execution of the reunion and the Museum owes a vast amount of gratitude to so many who helped in making the day a success. Hundreds of people attended, showing community spirit by coming from all over the continent. Winner of the prize for “travelled farthest” was Ruth Laroque Ewing from Victoria, BC, who attended Bulloch’s SS#3. Runner up was former Ferguson’s Falls school student, John Hollinger, who traveled from Colorado.
The fundraiser schoolhouse quilt and pillows (one for each school) were popular. Thank you to all who purchased tickets, your support is greatly appreciated and the generous funds raised will be a boost to the many projects planned by the Museum.
Winners of pillows were: 

  • D. Willows – Boyd’s SS#11, former student
  • Gordon Stewart – Pine Grove SS#4, former student
  • C McNeely – Ferguson Falls SS#8,former student
  • Harold Mather – Middleville SS#6,former student
  • Sheila Stanfield – Galbraith SS#10, former student
  • Karen Ennis – Herron’s Mills SS#5, former student
  • Mary Ramsbottom – Rosetta SS#9, former student
  • Earl Bowes – Hopetown SS#13, former student
  • Joan Craig - Bulloch’s SS#3, former teacher
  • Edythe Moulton - James’s SS#12, former teacher


Winner of School Reunion quilt, Dorothy (James) Code.
The winner of the grand prize, a handmade community quilt depicting the ten one-room schoolhouses, was former James’s School student Dorothy (James) Code. Congratulations to all.

4 Jun 2011

Lanark Township School Reunion


Sunday, August 21, 2011   1-5 pm
Middleville Fairgrounds, 4189 Wolf Grove Rd. Lanark, Ontario, K0G 1K0
Rain or Shine
Tickets $5 at the door, 12 and under free - includes admission to museum
The following schools are represented:
Bulloch SS 3, Rosetta Rosetta SS9, Middleville SS 6, Galbraith SS 10, James SS 12, Herron's Mills SS 5, Boyd's SS 11, Pine Grove SS 4, Hopetown SS 13, Ferguson's Falls SS 8.
If you were a student or teacher at on of the 10 one-room schoolhouses of the former Lanark Township do not miss the Lanark Township School Reunion this summer. Meet old friends, remember old times and share a yarn or two.  Bring the kids and/or grand kids and play some of the school games of old. 

Exhibits from each of the Lanark Township schools will be sure to bring a smile or even a blush or two as you are reminded of a favourite teacher, a special concert or the activities of Arbour Day.  The Museum will be open for a walk down memory lane. 

School Reunion quilt
Commemorative Quilt to be raffled off

The Reunion will be the last chance to buy raffle tickets for the quilt featuring 10 of the Lanark Township country school houses. The draw will be at 4:30 pm.   Tickets $5 each or 3 for $10

The long awaited book “Rural Schools, Lanark Township”, compiled by Lanark County Archives, will be launched hot off the press at the Reunion. Price will be $45-$50
  • opportunity to share old photos and memories and make new ones
  • prize draws
  • refreshments
  • free parking
  • bring a lawn chair as well as pictures and whatever else you might want to share with your old classmates and teachers.

pictures and whatever else you might want to share with your old classmates and teachers.


Meet you at the Middleville Fair Grounds on August 21. 

27 May 2011

Quilt Raffle

School reunion quilt
Ticket sales for the 2011 fundraiser quilt are on - gem 'em while they last!!!

$5 each or 3 for $10

Draw will take place at the Lanark Township School Reunion, on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 4:30pm

All proceeds from the sale of tickets will be directed towards the upkeep of the Middleville & District Museum.

This 6'x6' all cotton, hand-made quilt, features 10 of the rural schoolhouses which operated in Lanark Township before the last ones closed their doors in 1970, and Maple Grove Public School opened in Lanark Village.  It was made as a celebration of the Lanark Township School reunion

Tickets are available at the museum during opening hours and the following locations, and chances are your friends or neighbours have some for sale too.  Check this post as we add more locations.
  • Nature Lover's Bookstore, Lanark Village
  • Textile Museum, Almonte
  • Canadian Tire, Perth : July 16t & July 30
  • Barnabe's Independant, Perth: June 23, July 14

For further information please call 613 259-5462 or 613 259-3469 or email middlevillemuseum@gmail.com

20 May 2011

Museum is Open for the Season


There museum has some interesting additions to the collection as well as the old favourites, so come and explore this treasure of Lanark County.  

Open  until Thanksgiving weekend on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays; 1-4pm
  • A dramatic horse drawn hearse
  • A dugout canoe made of a single basswood log
  • Old time maple syrup and cheese making displays
  • An 1830's "barn-frame" loom
  • Blacksmithing tools and farm implements
  • Lanark County lumbering and shanty artifacts
  • Original genealogical documents and family records.
And don't forget the Opening Tea this Sunday, May 22, 1-4pm.

14 May 2011

Museum Opening Tea - May 22, 2011

Join us on May 22, 1-4pm  to celebrate the start of a new season.  Leave your iPods at home and enjoy the sounds of the 1920's and 30's played on the technology of the day - the gramophone.
Also look forward to the unveiling of this year's fundraiser quilt, made by community members in celebration of the Lanark Township School Reunion, to be held this summer. You will be able to purchase raffle tickets for the draw taking place on August 21, 2011
And of course a Tea wouldn’t be a Tea without refreshments. 

Admission $5, 12 and under free. 

May 22, 2011,  1-4pm
Middleville & District Museum
2130 Concession Rd 6D, Middleville, Ontario