Stratford Perth Museum earns “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor

TripadvisorWe are very happy to announced that the Stratford Perth Museum has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.” The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.

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.