Innkeepers a big success – thanks to our dinner providers

Really nice picture by Mike Beitz in The Beacon Herald of our sold out Innkeepers’ Dinner on Saturday night. Every guest at Innkeepers got a glass of champagne, courtesy of Denis Flanagan and Gallo Wines.

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A big thanks to chef Andrew Tutt and the legion of volunteers.
We would also like to publically thank all the companies and individuals that donated food or services for the dinner … in alphabetical order …
Burnbrae Farms – Gary West
Church Hill Farms
Conestoga Meats
Downie Street Bakehouse
Festival City Dairy
Food Basics Stratford
Sobeys Stratford
Soiled Reputation
The Bruce Hotel
Revival House
Tim Hortons Erie & Ontario Street locations – Robbin Hewitt and Mat Cooper
In additon, thanks to The Beacon Herald for their gifts in kind and to Dave Jacobs, our auctioneer, and our spotters Martin Ritsma and Brent Shackleton, who brought in great money on our live auction.

Historic hockey stick from Stratford Perth Museum being turned over to the Hockey Hall of Fame

A hockey stick used by Stratford’s Charley Lightfoot near the turn of the last century will soon be part of an exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lightfoot was one of the first black players in organized hockey. The Ontario Hockey Assocation was was founded in 1890. Lightfoot, the ancestor of a Kentucky slave, played on the Stratford team that won the OHA Junior championship in 1900 and on the Intermediate team that won the OHA championship in 1901.
The timing of this donation is excellent as the Hockey Hall of Fame will unveil a thematic exhibition titled “The Changing Face of Hockey – Diversity in Our Game” on March 11, 2016. Lightfoot’s stick will be showcased as a part of the exhibit.
Lightfoot was born in West Flamborough in 1880. His family moved to Stratford in 1888 when Charley was 8. He died in 1968.
Two sticks used by Lightfoot were donated to the Stratford Perth Museum in 1975 by former Beacon Herald sportswriter Harold “Winger” Thomas.
One of those sticks will be given to Craig Campbell from the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday at 11 a.m. during a brief ceremony at the Stratford Perth Museum.Stratford hockey team 1890(1900) (from Toronto Public Library collection) (2)

Stratford Perth Museum Annual General Meeting

Stratford Perth Museum would like to inform the public and our membership that our 2016 Annual General Meeting will take place Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at the Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Road, Stratford.  

Innkeepers’ Dinner

snap-apple-night-by-daniel-maclise-1833The signature fundraiser for the Stratford Perth Museum is our Innkeepers’ Dinner. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at Knox Church. Tippling begins at 6 p.m., an outstanding dinner at 7 p.m. An excellent live and silent auction following dinner. Tickets are still just $120, including HST and a $100 tax receipt Click here to go to our online box office

Anne Frank House exhibit returning to Stratford Perth Museum

Popular exhibAFH house panel 1it back for six weeks beginning December 18.  The Anne Frank House exhibit, which broke Canadian attendance records at the Stratford Perth Museum this summer, is back for a limited time. Anne Frank: A History for Today was mounted in conjunction with the Stratford Festival and its presentation of The Diary of Anne Frank play. The exhibit’s last day at the Stratford Perth Museum was Oct. 12, but through a series of circumstances it has become available for a second showing. The exhibit will open Saturday, December 18 and will be on display at the Stratford Perth Museum until January 31. “We were very fortunate to be able to have this exhibit for the summer,” said John Kastner, Stratford Perth Museum general manager. “When it became possible for us to have it again for another six weeks we were very grateful for this rare opportunity.” Over 12,000 patrons saw the exhibit this summer at the museum and the popularity of the display was a major reason to have a second showing. “Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t call to see if the exhibit is still here or ask if it’s ever coming back,” said Kayla Droog, the museum’s Manager of Education and Public Programs. “When we had the chance to display the exhibit again it was an easy decision.” The suspension of extra curricular activities this fall meant there were many school trip cancellations. This second showing will provide another chance for school groups and individuals to see the travelling exhibit. Museum’s winter hours are 10-4 daily and 12-4 on Sundays and holidays including Boxing Day. Tickets are available at the door or online. To book a school trip or a group contact Kayla Droog, Manager of Education and Public Programs at or call 519-393-5311. For more information contact: John Kastner, General Manager, . -30-

100-year-old (exactly) artifact donated to Stratford Perth Museum

Stratford Pcertficate fo serviceerth Museum received an incredible artifact donation today from local war historian and a great friend of the museum, Philip Fowler. It is a poster-sized document given to Stratford soldier J.J. Clarke and is entitled a Certificate of Service in the Great European War. It is a great artifact, in amazing condition and most remarkably, the date on the certificate is 100 years ago today – November 16, 1915.

Anne Frank exhibit was about so much more than record attendance

Anne Frank exhibit breaks museum records

 Beacon Herald staff
More than 12,300 visitors took in the Anne Frank House exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum through four and a half months this summer, more than three times as many as visited the museum throughout all of 2014. (Contributed photo)
More than 12,300 visitors took in the Anne Frank House exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum through four and a half months this summer, more than three times as many as visited the museum throughout all of 2014. (Contributed photo)
By Steve Rice When the Stratford Perth Museum opened its Anne Frank House exhibit on June 6 it quickly became apparent that a few changes would be necessary. “We opened that exhibit at 9 o’clock and at about 10:30 a volunteer came to me and said, ‘we need to do two things right away,’” general manager John Kastner recalled Thursday. “They said, ‘we need to get some kleenex in the building, and we need to come up with a way where people can leave for a few minutes and come back in.’ “Those are the two things that were the most telling for me.” The heart-wrenching and inspiring exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today, was witnessed by a record audience of about 12,330 from the June opening through to this past Sunday. That’s more than triple the total of 3,800 who passed through the museum doors over the entire 12 months of 2014. It’s double the museum’s projection of 6,000 visitors, calculated with the hope that perhaps 10% of the 60,000 people who watched the Stratford Festival’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank might also visit the museum. It also established a new Canadian record for attendance at the traveling Anne Frank House exhibit. By the numbers, the exhibit was undoubtedly a success. But Kastner said that comments on social media, in emails and in the museum’s guest book show it was equally successful as an exhibit that was “very meaningful for our visitors and given current global events, very relevant.” Since forming a relationship with the Festival in 2014, the museum’s numbers have gone up dramatically. Just 853 visited during the 12 months of 2013. Kastner said visitors this year came from such far off places as British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Texas and Louisiana. But there was also a large influx of Perth County residents later in the season, many of whom said they’d never been to the museum before and left impressed with what they’d seen. “One of the real benefits of having 12,000 people through is now 12,000 more people know where we are and for 99% of the people, I hope, it was a positive thing. It puts us on people’s radar as something to do,” Kastner said. “Obviously the museum is a lot busier in the summer now because the last two years we’ve presented exhibits that are connected to the Festival. It’s a great relationship, certainly from our end, and the feedback I get from the Festival is that they think it’s positive as well. When people come to the Festival, it’s something else for them to do that’s related to the Festival. And it’s in keeping with the mission of the museum.” Besides the Anne Frank exhibit, the Festival had an exhibit entitled Order to Disorder at the museum in 2015. Next summer the Festival will have an exhibit about Kingship, while the museum will have a second Festival-related exhibit that will be announced next month. Kastner said there are already talks about some kind of partnering for exhibits in 2017 when Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Anne Frank: A History for Today, was largely funded by a very successful fundraising campaign by Perth County’s Dutch community, spearheaded by Harry Visser and Johan Bossers. The museum also received a grant from Canada’s Ministry of Heritage, while many local businesses made donations or significant in-kind contributions. “To see a whole community work together on one common project is really beyond expectation,” said Julie Couture, coordinator of Canadian educational projects at the Anne Frank House. “So much credit goes to the staff of the museum, the colleagues from the Stratford Festival, the devoted guides, the passionate visitors and to the community for its support.” Julie Guinard, museum and collection coordinator at Montreal’s Holocaust Memorial Centre, expressed appreciation that their artifacts reached a new audience and hoped they helped visitors “understand the impact of the Holocaust on individuals, families and communities.”

Perth UP: A Retrospective of Duty and Valour

This exhibit traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to present day. The theme201505031521_0001s of duty, sacrifice, valour, brotherhood, and remembrance are used to highlight the development of the Regiment from its earliest days as a volunteer militia company fighting in the Fenian Raids, through to its role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II. This exhibit showcases objects, letters, photos, and personal stories from throughout the regiment’s history. Why “Perth UP”? The Maple Leaf “UP” was an ubiquitous marker during the Second World War pointing the way to Canadian front lines. “61” represented the Perth Regiment.


28th Perth Regiment c 1910