A Family Christmas at the Museum – this Sunday

Join us this Sunday for A Family Christmas at the Museum. We will have snowshoeing (we provide the snowshoes), hot chocolate, caroling by the Hollynotes Singers, Christmas crafts, a reading of The Polar Express by Stratford Festival actress Irene Poole and a lantern walk through our trails after dark. Sunday, 2-6 p.m., at the Stratford Perth Museum.

Tickets on sale now

Stratford Perth Museum is presenting the third annual Perth Regiment Re-enactment dance at the Stratford Armoury. This event takes place in the same venue and at the same time of the year as the original dance in 1946. Music is provided by the Stratford Concert Band and tickets are still just $35. They are available at the Museum or online via our website. This event is made possible by the Department of National Defence, Orr Insurance and Urban Renos.

Paper Preservation Talk – Nov. 29

Paper Preservation: Preserving Your Family’s Documents

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Do you have family papers and want to learn how to preserve them?

Then join us for an afternoon and learn about the history of paper to handling and storage practices you should put in place to keep your family papers for future generations. We will also touch on photographs and digitization.

The Stratford Perth Museum is pleased to welcome Cindy Sinko of the Stratford-Perth Archives to present this discussion

Jim Anderson Exhibit Reception

Join us at the museum for an exhibit reception honouring the work of Jim Anderson and his commitment to heritage preservation.

Remarks by the curator and special guests.

Refreshments will follow.

Nov. 21 at the Museum – We say thanks!

Each year the Stratford Perth Museum has an “end of season” get-together where we thank our volunteers, our sponsors, our community partners, our neighbours, our political supporters, auction item donors and anybody else that has helped make this just an exciting and thriving institution. This year it is Tuesday, November 21. We would love to see you here Nov. 21. And we have sign up sheets for anyone who would like to become a volunteer. We will have some draws, many thanks and we can tell you what we have planned for 2018. Please join us and if you think there is someone that should come along – please bring them. Click the link below to view the invite online … https://indd.adobe.com/view/662e74df-7fc0-4b3c-a79c-ad24f4132212

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/