Zombie Halloween Event at the Museum!

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse!

A Fun Halloween Event for the Whole Family

Saturday, October 28th

1pm to 4pm

1pm: Emergency Kit preparation – Learn how to prepare for an actual emergency or disaster with your family. This fun, interactive presentation will discuss the do’s and don’ts of emergency kits

2pm: Zombie Survival Scavenger Hunt – Test your survival skills on a mission to collect emergency supplies. But be careful! There are zombies lurking on the trails and skill-testing games at each station! Can you stay alive and finish the scavenger hunt? There are prizes to be won!

3pm: Games, face painting, and more! – Try out some zombie-themed games, get your face painted like a zombie, have some apple cider, and explore the museum’s new fall exhibits!

Please dress for walking trails and outdoor activities (weather permitting)

This event is included in general museum admission

For more information, please contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at 519-393-5315 or by

Are you a high school student looking for volunteer hours? We are looking for enthusiastic, kid-friendly volunteers for this event. Please contact Kayla Droog at the email address or phone above to apply

Stratford Perth Museum is hiring

Thanks to a grant from Young Canada Works – Building Careers in Heritage program, the Stratford Perth Museum is hiring a Collections assistant.
This position is full-time, for 25 weeks. To apply, you must be registered through Young Canada Works and the successful candidate must be an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time.
We are looking for a recent graduate who has successfully completed their college or university education within the last 24 months. That education would most likely be in Museum Studies or History and the work term at the Stratford Perth Museum would provide practical experience en route to a career in museums, archives or a similar field.
To apply, register and submit an expression of interest through the Young Canada Works website and you can also forward a resume to Stratford Perth Museum General Manager via email to johnkastner@stratfordperthmuseum.ca

Free school trips to the Stratford Perth Museum

A grant from the Orr Family Fund, held within the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, means that 200 Perth County students will be able to see some of the amazing exhibits at the Stratford Perth Museum this September at little or no cost. The Stratford Perth Museum received a $2,000 grant to offset the cost of school trips. For the first 200 students the museum is waiving the $5 admission and also providing $5 to offset the cost of busing. The purpose of the grant is to provide an opportunity for area students to see exhibits that would normally only be experienced at major cultural institutions in large cities. The Franklin Exploration exhibit is from Parks Canada and was most recently at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Nanuk’s Journey is a collection of 17 Inuit art sculptures. When it leaves the Stratford Perth Museum it will return to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto where it will be a new exhibit. Schools and students who take advantage of this offer will also have access to the rest of the museum and exhibits as well as our new trails system and wetland. Some conditions apply – contact the museum as soon as possible to book your class. Trips must take place before the Parks Canada Franklin Exploration exhibit and Nanuk’s Journey, the Inuit sculpture exhibit from the Art Gallery of Ontario, leave September 22. FOR MORE information contact: Education and programs manager Kayla Droog 519-393-5315 OR kayla@stratfordperthmuseum.ca

Arctic ice expert Tom Zagon next speaker

The Stratford Perth Museum is excited to announce the second round of presentations for its Summer 2017 Speakers’ Series. The series, which began with Flora Davidson and Meryl Oliver from Parks Canada, complements the summer exhibits at the Stratford Perth Museum. Those exhibits include the Franklin Exploration exhibit from Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum; Nanuk’s Journey, an Inuit Art exhibit from the Art Gallery of Ontario. Those exhibits, in turn, complement the Stratford Festival’s presentation of the play, The Breathing Hole. Tickets to the Speakers’ Series are $15 and are available in advance at the museum, via stratfordperthmuseum.ca under the Buy Tickets tab or at the door. The next event is Friday, July 14, Stratford Perth Museum Tom Zagon, physical scientist for Canadian Ice Service Tom is Government of Canada expert in the area of environment and climate change who prepared a detailed study on the ice and climatological factors which impacted the historic search for Franklin Expedition. On July 14 Tom will talk about the role of our modern understanding of sea ice patterns in shaping the Franklin Search. Combining historical evidence with satellite imagery of ice conditions has led to a new understanding of the reasons behind the fates of HMS Erebus and Terror. Doors open at 6 p.m. July 14 with Tom’s presentation at 7 p.m. Other speakers this season include …
  • Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario July 23, Stratford Perth Museum
  • Tim MacDonald, co-founder of the Arctic Research Foundation August 11, Stratford Perth Museum
  • Adrian Schimnowski, CEO and Operations Director for the Arctic Research Foundation Date to be determined, Stratford Perth Museum
  • Ken McGoogan, Award-winning author and journalist October 1, Stratford Perth Museum (part of the Stratford Writers’ Festival)
The Stratford Perth Museum Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation from Tim and Alexandra MacDonald

Hear the colourful history of Market Square July 9

Stratford’s new and massively improved Market Square made its debut on Canada Day 2017 but did you know … An open river once ran right through Market Square … It was once a site for a sawmill, slaughterhouse and of course a market … The man who donated the land to the city insisted it had to be used as a market – forever! The plan that just came to fruition was the fourth … or even fifth attempt at a makeover. Find out this and much more next Sunday when our General Manager John Kastner presents the fascinating and colourful history of Stratford’s Market Square. John’s history lesson is presented at 7:30 p.m. and is in conjunction with and will be followed by the first Movies Under the Stars event at 8:30 p.m. with the showing of Finding Neverland at dusk. (Visit queenofthesquare.ca for more info.) Please bring your own chairs, blankets and dress warmly for the evening. This event is made possible thanks to a grant from the Stratford Destination Animation Fund. Market Square Sunday, July 9 – 7:30 p.m. FREE! Followed by … Movies Under the Stars at dusk – Finding Neverland   Stratford-Perth Archives photo Unveiling of cornerstone of City Hall – 1898

Museum announces summer Speaker Series

The Stratford Perth Museum is very proud to present a speaker series augmenting exhibits at the Museum this summer. The series opens on May 5 with two speakers from Parks Canada. Flora Davidson is a Parks Canada conservator currently working with the Franklin Expedition. She has worked closely with Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team on preservation monitoring programs for submerged cultural heritage in Red Bay National Historic Site and Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flora has twice travelled with the team to the site of HMS Erebus and as the lead conservator for the Franklin project, she is responsible for overseeing the conservation of all artifacts excavated from HMS Erebus.

Flora Davidson, archeological and historic object conservator for Parks Canada | Parks Canada photo

Flora will be joined by Meryl Oliver who is the lead Parks Canada historian on the Franklin expedition and provided the content for the pop-up exhibit which will be at the Stratford Perth Museum this summer. The exhibit comes to the Museum from Parks Canada and is currently at a number of museums across Canada, including the Royal Ontario Museum. The information display, kiosks and and several reproductions of artifacts provide Canadians with an early glimpse at a slowly unravelling history. On May 19, 1845, the Royal Navy ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror departed England on a much-heralded Arctic expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. Under the command of Sir John Franklin, the two ships and crew of 134 were never seen again. In September 2014, an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus, in the south of Victoria Island in Nunavut. A second breakthrough happened in September 2016, when HMS Terror was found in Terror Bay, further north.

Meryl Oliver, Parks Canada historian Winnipeg Free Press photo

Tickets for the May 5 event at the Stratford Perth Museum are $25 and that includes admission to the Museum and a post-event reception. They are available at the Museum or via our webside under the “Buy Tickets” tab. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with presentations at 7 p.m. Due to the intimate nature of the performance space at the Stratford Perth Museum, 50 is capacity for these events. Other confirmed speakers this summer include Tim MacDonald, co-founder of the Arctic Research Foundation and Andrew Hunter, curator of Nanuk’s Journey, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Inuit art exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum this summer. Dates for those speakers, as well as others, will be announced soon. The Stratford Perth Museum speaker series is made possible thanks to a generous sponsorship from Tim and Alexandra MacDonald. The post-event reception May 5 is sponsored by the City of Stratford. The Stratford Perth Museum is also the venue for several events being presented by yhe Stratford Writers Festival and their first event will be Saturday, May 6 which will feature master storytellers, James Bartleman and Rick Revelle in a captivating discussion of their work and how it relates to First Nations issues. This event includes entry to the Stratford Perth Museum and integrates the Nanuk’s Journey exhibit of 17 major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection and the Franklin Expedition exhibit. Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the Rivers Flow and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador and a member of the Order of Canada. He currently lives in Perth, Ontario. Revelle is an author and member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation who currently resides in Glenburnie, Ontario. He writes about his Algonquin roots in his “Algonquin Quest” series, which includes I Am Algonquin and Algonquin Spring. Rick did not discover his heritage until his mid-thirties, and later in life set out to tell an Algonquin story to a young adult audience. He is currently working on the third book in the trilogy. Tickets to this event are $25 and are available at the Museum or via the Stratford Writers Festival website at www.ticketscene.ca/series/450/ . For more about the Stratford Writers Festival, check out www.digiwriting.com/stratford-writers-festival-young adult-2017/

Kinsmen-Stratford Perth Museum calendar one for the ages!

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2016/12/17/2017-kinsmen-calendar-a-pictorial-history-of-stratford 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 kinsmencalendar.ca, 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 www.kinsmencalendar.ca. For more information, contact the Kinsmen at bobwalter@sympatico.ca or 519-274-5781, or the museum at johnkastner@stratfordperthmuseum.ca 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 www.thecommunityfundraiser.com/store/kinsmen-calendar-2017 For more information go to www.stratfordkinsmen.ca or www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca Contact the Kinsmen Club of Stratford at bobwalter@sympatico.ca or 519 274-5781 To contact Stratford Perth Museum, General Manager John Kastner at johnkastner@stratfordperthmuseum.ca or 519-393-5311