Kinsmen-Stratford Perth Museum calendar one for the ages! A calendar worth keeping Tho1297909148126_originalusands of pictorial wall calendars will arrive in mailboxes from various charities and businesses throughout December, or will be purchased as gifts for Christmas. Cats, nature scenes, swimsuit models, sports teams – you know the ones. They make the rounds every year and are just as likely to end up in the recycling bin as on a wall. But the 2017 Kinsmen Calendar might just be an exception, a keepsake to be tucked away for years to come. “You’ll never see another calendar like this,” said John Kastner, general manager of the Stratford Perth Museum, which worked together on the project with the Kinsmen Club of Stratford. “It’s a commemorative calendar that people can keep for years,” said Bob Walters, chair of the Kinsmen calendar committee. The calendars are a photographic celebration of Stratford’s history that is intended to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. They sell for $10, with $5 going back to the Kinsmen and their community projects, and $2 to the museum. The images were provided by the Stratford-Perth Archives as well as the Stratford Festival Archives, and feature some of the key events in the city’s history – some well-known and a few less so. There’s the homecoming of the Perth Regiment from the Second World War in January of 1946, and a homecoming of a different sort: the Stratford Senior Hockey Indians from the Allan Cup Final in Fort Frances in March of 1952. There’s also photos from the opening of the Stratford Festival in 1953. “The opening of the Festival, the Perth Regiment coming home are obvious,” said Kastner. “But there’s some pretty unique stories here too – saving the park system, the sale of city hall and the reversal of that decision. Those are two things that really had a lasting impact on the city. “We worked hard to choose things that really define Stratford. The images are one thing, but the stories are another.” Accompanying each photo are a few paragraphs of history. Along with the photo of a peaceful march of striking factory workers through the downtown in September of 1933, we learn that the strike turned violent on Sept. 26 when workers from outside the city were brought in, and the Canadian military was sent in to keep the peace. The military wasn’t used in a similar way again until the 1970 FLQ Crisis. There’s a photo of flooding in the Avondale Cemetery after Hurricane Hazel hit southern Ontario in October of 1954, and a developer’s sketch of a proposed hotel to replace city hall, from August of 1971. “I think the images are outstanding,” said Walters, who points out that smaller digital images are also available on, where visitors will soon be able to add their own comments and recollections of the photos. Walters is also hoping that people may scan and send their own pictures in to the site, or perhaps even turn some valuable old photos over to the museum. The calendars are available at several Stratford locations, including the museum, Black Angus Bakery, Black Angus Restaurant, Blowes Stationery, Domino’s Pizza, Orr Insurance, Sinclair Pharmacy, Queen’s Inn and West End Pharmacy. They are also available from any Kinsmen Club member, or can be purchased online at For more information, contact the Kinsmen at or 519-274-5781, or the museum at or 519-393-5311.   

New study casts doubt on theory Anne Frank was betrayed
Anne FrankAnne Frank at 12 years old. (AFP PHOTO)
Mike Corder, The Associated Press Published Friday, December 16, 2016 6:11PM EST Last Updated Friday, December 16, 2016 7:20PM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Anne Frank may not have been betrayed to Nazi occupiers, but captured by chance. A new study published Friday by the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam says that despite decades of research there is no conclusive evidence that the Jewish diarist and her family were betrayed to the Netherlands’ German occupiers during World War II, leading to their arrest and deportation. Ronald Leopold, Executive Director of the Anne Frank House museum, said in a statement Friday that new research by the museum “illustrates that other scenarios should also be considered.” One possible theory is that the Aug. 4, 1944, raid that led to Anne’s arrest could have been part of an investigation into illegal labour or falsified ration coupons at the canal-side house where she and other Jews hid for just over two years. Anne kept a diary during her time in hiding that was published after the war and turned her into a globally recognized symbol of Holocaust victims. She died in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp at age 15, shortly before it was liberated by Allied forces. The new research points to two men who worked in the building on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal and dealt in illegal ration cards. They were arrested earlier in 1944 and subsequently released, Dutch records show. The arrests also are mentioned in Anne’s diary. Such arrests were reported to an investigation division based in The Hague and the report says that, “During their day-to-day activities, investigators from this department often came across Jews in hiding by chance.” Another possibility raised by the report is that the raid was part of an investigation into people being allowed to work to prevent them being called up as forced labour and sent to Germany. “A company where people were working illegally and two sales representatives were arrested for dealing in ration coupons obviously ran the risk of attracting the attention of the authorities,” the report says. It adds that, “The possibility of betrayal has of course not been entirely ruled out by this, nor has any relationship between the ration coupon fraud and the arrest been proven,” and says further research is necessary. “Clearly, the last word about that fateful summer day in 1944 has not yet been said,” it adds.

Museum partners with Kinsmen to produce awesome commemorative calendar

The Kinsmen Club of Stratforkinsmen2017calendar_coverd,  in partnership with the Stratford Perth Museum, has produced a commemorative calendar for 2017. The committee carefully selected 12 historic images – one from each month, creating this great keepsake. The images, which were provided by the Stratford-Perth Archives as well as the Stratford Festival Archives, create a visual chronology of key events in Stratford’s history. An iconic picture from the interior of the CNR Shops graces the cover. The earliest historical event is April 1909 when the CNR Shops announced a massive expansion and the most recent is from the City Hall sale controversy in 1971. The calendars are just $10 with the Stratford Perth Museum receiving some of the proceeds. The remainder of the proceeds will go to local Kinsmen projects. The Kinsmen are also making the calendar available to other not-for-profits, such as sports teams, to sell as their own fundraisers. The calendars are available at a number of Stratford locations, including the Stratford Perth Musuem. Other locations include Black Angus Bakery, Black Angus Restaurant, Blowes Stationary, Domino’s Pizza, Orr Insurance, Sinclair Pharmacy, Queen’s Inn, West End Pharmacy or any Kinsmen member. The calendar can also be purchased online at For more information go to or Contact the Kinsmen Club of Stratford at or 519 274-5781 To contact Stratford Perth Museum, General Manager John Kastner at or 519-393-5311