From Ruthven to Passchendaele

A play with puppets by Studio Babette 

Come see “From Ruthven to Passchendaele” at the Stratford Perth Museum during Culture Days and SpringWorks.

In honour of the centennial of WWI, Studio Babette tells the true story of the sacrifice made by the Thompsons of Cayuga. Puppeteers recreate the green fields of Ontario and the gray fields of Passchendaele with shadow play, multimedia and a large cast of 14 handmade table-top puppets in detailed historical costumes from 1904-1917. The use of period music sets the tone for the play.

This production also honours the contribution made by the Native population, the Six Nations Indians as they were known at the time, in the 114 Battalion Infantry of Cayuga, nicknamed “Brock’s Rangers”.


Ticketed Performances at the Stratford Perth Museum:

  • Sunday, October 15th at 12:30 and 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 22nd at 1:00 and 3:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased here. (Not suitable for very young children).

For more information see the Spring Works website.

Don’t forget to visit the Museum’s exhibit Perth Up: A Retrospective of Duty and Valour, which traces the Perth Regiment’s history from the 1860s militia period through the First and Second World Wars.

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

Fall Speaker Series!

Preserving Your Personal History

Featuring talks and workshops on:

  • Genealogy
  • Preserving personal collections
  • Heritage architecture

    Researching Your Genealogy

    Tuesday, October 24th

    2pm to 3:30pm

    Beginning at 2pm, we will have a short introduction to our new exhibit Jim Anderson: Artist, Archivist, Advocate, which highlights a local individual dedicated to the preservation of personal history.

    At 2:30pm, we are pleased to be welcoming Sean McCoy from the Stratford-Perth Archives for a presentation on how to research your own genealogy.

    Tickets are $10

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

    Future dates and speakers to be announced!

    Printing Fun!

    Drop-in Letterpress Printing

    Select Wednesdays and Saturdays in September and October

    Drop in between 11am and 2pm

    Included in general museum admission

    Upcoming dates:

    • October 7, 11, 18 (noon to 3pm), 21, 25

    We have been updating our print shop and getting all of our heritage printing presses running! Drop by on select Wednesdays and Saturdays to learn a little bit about letterpress printing, and try your hand at printing on one of our presses! No experience required, open to all ages!

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