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 www.cje2017.com

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.

Stratford Perth Museum taking wedding bookings for 2019

Getting married in 2019?

If you are planning to get married in 2019, consider the Stratford Perth Museum as your venue.
We have seven acres of beautiful property for an outdoor wedding, or reception, or both.

We have packages that include use of the venue and also admission to the museum for your guests before and after the ceremony.

Contact our general manager John Kastner at 519-393-5312 for details or by email.

Museum Extends Justin Bieber exhibit Steps to Stardom!

Justin Bieber exhibit on until at least October 2019

The Stratford Perth Museum is pleased to announce that Steps to Stardom will be in place until at least October 2019. Our full press release is attached!

Winter hours

On Monday Oct. 8 we switch to our winter hours. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

Think about the Museum everyday in 2019!

Stratford Perth Museum has a calendar for you in 2019!

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler we begin to realize that 2019 is quickly approaching. And, if you are a supporter of the Stratford Perth Museum, or you just love a beautiful calendar, we have just the thing for you.

The Stratford Perth Museum, in conjunction with TheCommunityFundraiser.com, has produced a 2019 calendar. Each month includes a beautiful and historic local picture apropos for that month along with accompanying narrative.

The calendars sell for $10 will all net proceeds going to the Stratford Perth Museum. It is available at the museum, at Blowes Stationary and Office Supplies, West End Pharmacy, Orr Insurance and Sinclair Pharmacy. It is also available online by clicking here.

Also, if you are a community organization, service club or sports team the calendars can also be a fundraiser for you. Your group sells the calendar and keeps $5 from every sale.  Get in touch with our general manager John Kastner is you are looking for an easy, no risk fundraiser. 519-393-5312.

The cover of the
calendar is a
gorgeous photo of the front of the
museum, courtesy of Scott Wishart.



Culture Days at the Stratford Perth Museum

All "Types" of Fun: Letterpress/Handset Printing!

Ever wanted to visit yesterday-in-today?

Ever pondered Letterset Printing's role in YOUR evolution? Here's your place! Now's your time! Visit our Print Shop!

Each hour on the hour, we'll have a brief presentation on history and evolution of print communication.

Then it's your chance to try Hands-on Letterpress Printing.
Come find out what "cut to the chase" means!

Be prepared for all "types" of Printing Fun.
Dress accordingly if you'd like to ink-up!!

Saturday September 29th 11am-3pm

What's in a Name?

Is your family’s name on one of our signature quilts? Come in and find out! Chat with the project researchers.

Signature quilts were made by families, neighbors, churches, schools and organizations like the I.O.D.E., to celebrate events and to raise funds.

For more than five years volunteers and staff have been transcribing the thousands of names that are embroidered on our Perth County signature quilts.

On Saturday, several of the quilts will be on display, and all of the transcriptions will be available to search. This event at the Museum also launches the virtual exhibit on our website where you can see all our signature quilts and search your connections online.

Saturday September 29th 1pm to 3pm

Historical Walk now part of Stratford Perth Museum trails

This Stratford Perth Museum’s role in telling the history of Perth County has gone outdoors. The series of trails at the back of the property is now home to an historical walk.
There is a trail head sign which signals the start of the .7 kilometre paths and then 15 story boards that chronologically tell the colourful history of Stratford, Perth County and the surrounding area.
The historic walk brings to fruition the vision of the museum and its site plan committee that was several years in development and fulfills an element of the the museum’s strategic plan.
The research for the signs was done by the
Stratford Perth Museum with assistance from
the Stratford-Perth Archives and the Ontario
Archeological Museum in London.
The historic trail begins with a plaque about the ice age, then the first inhabitants of the area, followed by the European settlers who arrived in the 1830s and progresses through the next almost 200 years up to the current day.
Other topics include the arrival of rail and the impact on county industries, the participation in both World Wars, the major economic sectors including agriculture, manufacturing and tourism and a current snapshot of the city and county.
The trails are free to roam and are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The official name of the trail system is the Tom Orr Memorial Perth County Historical Walk. Orr, a tireless civic leader and a great supporter of the museum and archives, died earlier this year.

The property at the back of the museum and archives demonstrates the museum’s commitment to a holistic and natural environment that will appeal to adults, families and school groups.
The area not only includes the trail system but also a stormwater pond and the area is also home to bee hives which produce honey for our gift shop.
The trail system was made possible thanks to support from Orr Insurance and Investment,
Upper Thames River Conversation Authority, Stratford Perth Community Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, Ontario Power Generation, A Touch of Dutch Landscaping, Ed’s Concrete, Permacon and the County of Perth.

#6218 rolls one more time thanks to Off the Wall

Impressive addition to Railway Century exhibit

Locomotive #6218, the last engine to be repaired at the Motive Power Shops in Stratford, has been brilliantly recreated by the students and teachers at Off the Wall's workshop "Setting the Scene"!

Set against the background of Stratford's main train station and rail yard, this is a striking addition to the museum's exhibit "Railway Century", which chronicles the history of the Shops and the influence of the railway on Perth County.

Railway Century, a permanent exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum, is made possible thanks to generous support from Via Rail.

For a nice story about the creation of the 6218 replica, click this link for an article in The Beacon Herald. Story