Stratford Perth Museum hiring Manager, Education & Public Programs

The Stratford Perth Museum is accepting resumes for the position of Manager, Education and Public Programs. This is a full-time permanent position.

Job Overview
The Manager, Education and Public Programs plays a key role in bringing history to life, by researching, developing, planning, implementing and evaluating all education and public programs at the museum. This is a permanent, full-time position.

This includes a range of activities such as educational programming, tours, talks, film screenings, performances, special events and day- and week-long camps for children, all designed to further the museum’s objectives and strategies.

The Manager ensures that these inspiring programs complement and supplement the exhibit strategy, serve the community, involve a broad range of audiences of all ages, and achieve attendance and revenue targets.

The Manager plays an important role in the management team of the museum.

For a full job description, click here
SPM - Manager Education and Public Programs Job Description

Should you have questions, contact our General Manager John Kastner
or 519-393-5312

To apply
Please send your resumes via email to
Resumes will be accepted up to 5 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, April 29.

Book Signing at Indigo Kitchener, Yorkdale and Bay/Bloor

Our Museum Director and author of "Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom" will be signing books and sharing stories of his journey with Justin at Indigo Kitchener next Friday March 15th. John  will have some exclusive items from the Steps to Stardom exhibit, like a shirt that Justin wore! John will be visiting Indigo Yorkdale and Indigo Bay/Bloor the following day. 

Now accepting nominations for Agriculture Wall of Fame

The Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame committee is now accepting nominations for 2019.
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.
A display celebrating the accomplishments of the honourees is part of a permanent display at the Stratford Perth Museum.
The 2019 honourees will be announced at the Stratford Rotary Rural-Urban Night which is April 18 at the Rotary Complex. The deadline for nominations is March 15.
The nomination form can be accessed by clicking the link below or you can contact John Kastner at the Stratford Perth Museum for more details at 519-393-5312 or


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We are Hiring a March Break Camp Assistant!

The Stratford Perth Museum is looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic assistant for our March Break Camp. This camp runs for 5 full days from March 11th to 15th. Main duties include helping to facilitate camp activities, supervising camp participants, and helping with activity set up and clean up as required.

-experience working with children
-experience in a camp or classroom setting preferred
-willingness to lead activities and speak in front of a group
-wide range of mobility (sitting on the floor, hiking/outdoor games on uneven ground, etc.)
-ability to show constant enthusiasm and to help engage campers in camp activities
-current First Aid certification would be an asset

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at no later than 5pm on Monday, February 25th.

Stratford Perth Museum AGM Notice

This is a notice and invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting of the incorporated Stratford Perth Museum Association, that will be held WEDNESDAY, February 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Road West, Stratford.

The meeting agenda is below. Copies of the Auditor’s Report for 2018 will be available at the meeting. If you would like a copy but cannot attend the meeting, please contact the Museum.

We hope you will be able to attend the meeting to elect your Board of Directors for 2019; appoint auditors; vote on amendments to the constitution and conduct other business of the Corporation as may properly be brought forward.

You must be a member in good standing to vote. If you have any questions regarding your membership status please contact Kelly McIntosh at 519-393-5311 or by email at

Past practise has allowed for proxies but a recent review of our constitution indicates that there is actually no provision for proxies. We are informing the membership that proxies are no longer admissible.

2019 Annual General Meeting agenda
1. Call to Order and Welcome
2. Approval of Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting
3. President’s Report
4. Auditor’s Report and appointment of Auditors for 2019
5. Amendments to Constitution.
Click here for the overview of the amendments.
Click changes for a copy of the proposed amendments.
6. General Manager’s Report
7. Acceptance of Committee Reports
8. Other Business
9. Nominating Committee – Election of 2019 directors
10. Termination of 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Stratford Perth Museum Association.
11. The 2019 directors adjourn to select the officers during which time refreshments will be served.

Tours and Talks in 2019 (with an option for lunch …)

For 2019 the Stratford Perth Museum is offering our Tours and Talks package, along with an option for a box lunch from Sirkel Foods in Stratford.

Package One: Museum Tour + Historical Talk:
• 90 minutes
• Capacity: 45 people
• $15 per person (plus tax)

Includes a full guided tour of all the museum’s exhibits, plus choose one of three historical talks.

Historical Talk options:
Based on three of our most popular exhibits, each talk provides an in-depth perspective.

Justin Bieber: Steps to Stardom
Learn about Justin’s early life growing up in Stratford, and his meteoric rise to international fame and success. This talk 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.

Stratford Festival: Such Stuff As Dreams…
How did the Stratford Festival go from dream to reality? This talk discusses the plots, the plans, the people and the plays that transformed Stratford from a railway hub to the city that hosts North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company.

Historical Walk
Enjoy a guided walk through our trails system that features 15 story boards that tell the history of Stratford and Perth County. On this walk, which is under a kilometre in length, you will learn about the first inhabitants, the European settlers, industry, the role of rail, war time commitments and government representation - and the role each played. (Weather permitting - we have an inclement weather alternative indoors.)

Package Two
Catered Lunch Option:
Museum Tour + Historical Talk + Box Lunch:
$29 per person (plus tax)
box lunch provided by Stratford’s Sirkel Foods. Includes soft drink/water.

For more information or to book tours contact:
Kayla Droog, Education and Program Manager, Stratford Perth Museum or 519-393-5315

March Break Camp 2019: The Amazing Race!

March 11 to 15, 9am to 4:30pm

Monday - SOLD OUT
Tuesday - SOLD OUT
Wednesday - SOLD OUT
Thursday - SOLD OUT
Friday - SOLD OUT

Wait list spots are available. Please call or email at the information below to inquire.

Discover the world from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the mountains. We are exploring a different environment each day of camp. Featuring group challenges, games, experiments, crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, and more!

Bring warm clothes, indoor shoes, and a nut free lunch and snacks.

Pre-registration is required

Recommended for ages 5 to 10

$35 per child per day, or $160 for the week

Capacity is limited to 25 participants per day, so please register early!

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

Special Remembrance Day display at Stratford Perth Museum this weekend

Special Remembrance Day display at Museum this weekend

This weekend, we remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for Canada’s freedom.

You may wonder why the poppy is a symbol of remembrance in Canada, as seen in these various poppies from our collection. In 1915, Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem called “In Flanders Fields” on a small scrap of paper after his fellow soldier’s death. His description of poppies blowing between the rows of fallen soldiers’ crosses has become a part of Canada’s national consciousness after its publication in the same year.

The poppy officially became a symbol of remembrance for the Royal Canadian Legion in 1921, and has been worn close to our hearts each Remembrance period since.

These poppies are on display at the Museum over the weekend for Remembrance Day.

Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit on now

Canadian Jewish Experience exhibit on now

The Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibit will be on display at the Stratford Perth Museum from November 10 through December 10, 2018.

This amazing exhibit presents a powerful sample of Jewish contributions to Canada.
It has travelled for the past two years across Canada, to universities, museums, city halls and community centres. Among the nine different subject areas highlighted in the exhibit are the History of Jewish Migration, Arts and Culture, Business, Architects and City Builders, Sports Figures, and Human Rights Development.

Jews have lived in Canada for nearly 250 years. Their numbers were few at first, but grew with immigration. Their entry was not easy. Canada until the 1960s had professional, educational and immigration barriers and prejudices targeting Jews.

Today things have changed. Now nearly 400,000 Jewish people live in all Provinces and Territories in Canada, and contribute to the diverse cultural communities that thrive within Canada’s mosaic.
“Like every ethnic group of Canadians, we feel blessed to live in peace with our neighbours, learning from the past and building a better future for all” is a statement on the Canadian Jewish Experience website.

Given the recent tragic shooting in Pittsburgh the museum is paying tribute to the people who lost their lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27. They all played a valuable role in their community.
For more about this exhibit visit the Candian Jewish Experience website at

In the photo, Cecil Hart, white shirt, centre back row, was a direct descendant of Aaron Hart who was Canada’s first Jewish settler. Cecil coached the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1930 and again in 1931. He was fired in 1932 but in 1936 new team owner Ernest Savard brought him back. Hart made reacquiring Mitchell native Howie Morenz from the New York Rangers a condition of his hiring and this team picture shows the re-acquired Morenz in the front row. The Hart Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s most valuable player, is named after Cecil Hart.

The Canadian Jewish Experience at the Stratford Perth Museum explores the contributions Jewish
people have made to every segment of Canadian society, including athletics.