Volunteer Tour Guides Needed!

The Stratford Perth Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides for museum tours and bus tours from now through October 2018.

  • Are you passionate about history?
  • Do you enjoy learning new things?
  • Are you comfortable speaking to groups of people?
  • Are you looking for a fun, unique volunteering opportunity?
  • We provide full training, and flexibility to fit your schedule. The average commitment is 3 to 5 hours per week.

    Share and explore our exciting exhibits, including Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird, Such Stuff As Dreams…: Stratford Festival History, Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom, and more!

    Inquiries and applications can be submitted to Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs by email to kayla@stratfordperthmuseum.ca or phone 519-393-5315.

    Roger and Elaine Cook join Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame for 2018

    Roger and Elaine Cook join Stratford Perth Museum Ag Wall of Fame in 2018

    The Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame announced its 2018 inductees at the Stratford Rotary Club’s Rural-Urban night in April.

    This is the fifth year for the Agriculture Wall of Fame, which recognizes contributions to agriculture in Perth County.
    This year the Wall of Fame honoured a North Easthope couple, Roger and Elaine Cook. They bought the family farm in 1970 and were in the dairy industry for 27 years but their real love has always been as stewards of the land.
    That came honestly as Roger’s parents restricted the access of livestock to the waterways on the farm and there was zero exposure to the spring fed stream on the property from both livestock and equipment.

    The Cooks also developed many practices which helped to improve stream and ground water quality for humans as well as for fish and wildlife health and habitat. That included 100% retention of liquid and solid nutrient waste.
    You cannot talk about the Cooks and their contributions to Perth County without praising their initiatives regarding trees and woodlots.

    Tree planting started in the Cooks’ early years and they have planted over 12,000 trees on their farm as windbreaks, shelterbelts, stream buffers and block plantations. Tree planting is an annual event for the Cooks and is a cornerstone of their environmental awareness.

    This has led to three decades of community tree plantings and stream restoration initiatives with well over 30 neighbouring families and friends as part of the Upper Avon Conservation Club. This group has partnered with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Roger is the lead scout for these tree planing projects.

    This passion for forest health, productivity and profitability has led to Roger’s involvement with the Huron/Perth chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association. Roger is a long-time director, has been president for several years and he was chair of this spring’s two-day conference in Shakespeare.

    Roger is on the steering committee for the Fryfogel Tavern arboretum and nature preserve initiative and is the caretaker of the trees and trails.

    Roger and Elaine were on the early steering committee for the Ellice/Gadshill Swamp management plan with UTRCA and have been directors and caretakers of the Brocksden School Museum with the Easthope Historical group for over 40 years.

    They have also been volunteers and are still members of the Stratford Perth Museum, the Thames Talbot Land Trust, Roger is steward for the McTavish Tract and he and Elaine are also members of the Stratford Field Naturalists.

    Other organizations that have benefitted from their time and expertise are 4-H clubs, Girl Guides, nature groups, the Avon Trail, Perth County Milk Committee, Perth County Federation of Agriculture, the Woodland Towers store and many schools.

    Roger has also helped with the Stratford and District Agricultural Society, the Mitchell Pioneer Club and area plowing matches with sawmill and cross cut displays.The Cooks bought, moved and restored the Amulree circular sawmill to the farm and have made it available to friends and neighbours for the making of such things as toys, canoe paddles and tools.

    It’s hard to imagine that they have any time for hobbies but they enjoy canoeing, hiking, curling, pickleball, lawn bowling and square dancing.

    The Wall of Fame is open to current or former residents of Perth County who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture in Perth County.
    Nominations are solicited from the public and a committee determines the honourees.

    The Wall of Fame is supported by the Grain Farmers of Ontario – Perth County, Perth County Federation of Agriculture, Perth County Pork Producers, Zone 6 Egg Producers and Perth Dairy Producers Committee.

    For more information contact:
    John Kastner,
    General Manager,
    Stratford Perth Museum

    ag wall of fame release 2018

    Tourism industry open house

    If you have anything to do with tourism in Stratford you do now want to miss the Stratford Perth Museum’s annual kickoff May 10 from 5-8 p.m. we  You are all invited to the Museum so we can brag , we  mean tell you, all about our exciting exhibits for 2018. We will have refreshments, snacks, prizes, lots of fun and big news! And if you work in the tourism industry, we will have rack cards for you to take with you. Please RSVP so we have an idea for numbers – we don’t want to run out!    

    Justin Bieber exhibit – Steps to Stardom

    Opens February 18 – runs until end of 2018


    Tickets will be available for sale online Monday, January 15 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the door based on availability. Online tickets ensure entrance. Tickets can be purchased online via our website under the “Buy Tickets” tab. The opening weekend for the exhibit is February 18 and 19, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Stratford Perth Museum will be closed on Saturday, February 17. Tickets for the opening weekend will be sold with admission in two-hour time slots – 10 a.m. – noon; noon – 2 p.m.; 2 – 4 p.m. The museum’s hours and admission prices are also on our website. The Stratford Perth Museum’s summer hours begin May 7.


    Steps to Stardom tells the story of Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre to becoming one of the most popular pop stars in the world.

    The Museum has been given access to hundreds of items – awards, clothing, pictures, all-access pages, personal letters and even running shoes and we are now in the process of collecting the items for exhibit. In addition, a number of things have come forward from Stratford residents that have also been offered to the Museum — team pictures, hockey jackets, drum sets, even library cards, that were used by Justin before he was an international pop star. The exhibit tells the story of the Stratford native’s career from those early years – busking in Stratford and performing in local talent shows – to the largest venues and stages in the world. The exhibit, created by the Museum in conjunction with Justin and his family, opens February 18 and will be on display until at least the end of 2018. At that time the Museum and Justin and his family will decide if the exhibit will be extended into 2019. This exhibit is made possible thanks to a sponsorship by Hyde Construction. Photo credit: Stratford-Perth Archives, The Beacon Herald collection. July 2002.

    Pictures from Flavours of Perth Barbecue

    flavours picsSome great pictures by Scott Wishart (as usual) in The Beacon Herald from our Flavours of Perth Barbecue in Sebringville August 15. We served 300 meals — a record!

    MP drops by to meet our summer students

    2016 Summer StaffStaff  (4) Perth-Wellington MP John Nater dropped by the Museum this week to meet our five summer students who are all here as part of federal student job programs. From left, Mary Coonan, Julia Ranney, Bailey Heimpel, Emma Thomas and Maddie Hendricks — and Mr. Nater.

    StratfordOn post about Museum shared, liked by hundreds

    This Facebook post by our friends at Stratford Tourism Alliance has really taken off with almost 500 shares and even more likes. It is a great photo and depicts just one of the 81 amazing works of art currently at the Stratford Perth Museum as part of our My Corner of the World fabric art exhibit. Stratford ON facebook post

    Stratford Perth Museum earns “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor

    TripadvisorWe are very happy to announced that the Stratford Perth Museum has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.” The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.