Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2017 Outstanding Volunteers at Backus-Page House Museum

The following volunteers assisted us in 2017 for Canada 150 and Ontario 150.  They contributed either 150 minutes or 2017 minutes of volunteer service at Backus-Page House Museum.  I know there are more but I can only go with those who handed in their hours.  If we have missed you, please email the office at  and we will update this post.  Awards of recognition will be presented at the Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2018 at 7pm. 

2017 Minutes of Volunteering
Betty Ann Bobier
Don Bobier
Brian Elliott
Sue Crow
Liz Elliott
Janice Ellis
Rob Ellis
Beth Goldsworthy
John Goldsworthy
Larry Grafstein
Paula Grafstein
Betty McLandress
Mike Mulhern
Brad Reive
Edith Richardson
Karen Rose
Catie Welch
Dave Welch
John Bobier
 Barb Summers
Hugh McFadden

150 Minutes of Volunteering
Patricia Armstrong
Lynne Brady
Mike Brady
Sam Foreman
Allan Froggatt
Martin Joldersma
Carm Pfeiffer
George Postma
Hetty Postma
Ken Reinke
Susan Chapman-Reinke
Rose Kasimer
Brandi Bawden
Edwina Blakely
Brenda Patterson
Jamie Patterson
Cadence Durward
Allison Potter
Mike Hentz
Ingrid Hentz
Darlene Ford
Jim Ford
Joanne Reive
Corry Bachmeier
Bill King
Marg Hulls
W.D. Shaw

Friday, February 2, 2018

Family History Friday - Future Learn

I'm currently taking a free online course in Genealogy from and thought I would share a few things that I've learned during the first week.  Enjoy! - Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager

Genealogy vs. Family History

Genealogy is the retrieval of vital and familial data from records of various types, and its ordering into meaningful relationship patterns.
Family History is the integration of this data with social, economic, political contexts to develop a narrative.
Graham and Emma Maxwell run a genealogy research company based in Scotland called Scottish Indexes.
They began transcribing Scottish censuses in 2001 and realising that these resources would be useful to other people, have made them available online. They have also indexed prison and court records and are hard at work transcribing never-before-indexed parish records from southern Scotland. Their Quaker registers and mental health institution records cover all of Scotland. You can visit their online indexes at:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nominating Committee Report 2018

Board Approved List of Nominees for Tyrconnell Heritage Society`s Board of Directors to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2018.  Meeting starts at 7pm at the Backus-Page House Museum.

Austin Pitcher
Robert Ellis
Ken Reinke
Elizabeth Patterson
1 spot still left to fill

The following board members still have years left on their term.
1 year left: Liz Elliott, Dave Welch, Beth Goldsworthy, Brian Elliott
2 years left: Don Bobier, Betty Ann Bobier

Thanks to those ending their board terms for their contributions to the society and museum:
Mike Mulhern, Catie Welch and Betty McLandress

Thursday, January 11, 2018

McDonald's Pulls Negative Museum Ad




McDonald's Negative Museum Ad Pulled

OTTAWA, Ontario, January 11, 2018 — Effective immediately, McDonald’s Canada has pulled an offending national ad campaign.
The campaign suggested that a $5 hamburger was better value than the lifelong learning offered by Canada’s museums.
The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) learned of the offending ad last night and immediately contacted McDonald’s requesting the ad be removed. CMA also requested that McDonald’s consider beneficial ways to work with the museum sector.
The Senior Vice-President of Marketing for McDonald’s Canada called CMA’s John McAvity this morning to apologize to Canadian museums, and to confirm the ad has been cancelled.
About the Canadian Museums Association
The Canadian Museums Association is the national organization for the advancement of Canada's museum community. The CMA works for the recognition, growth and stability of the sector. Canada’s 2,600 museums and related institutions preserve our collective memory, shape our national identity and promote tolerance and understanding. Learn more at

For more information:
John McAvity
Executive Director and CEO
Canadian Museums Association
613-567-0099 ext. 226

Disponible en français

Canadian Museums Association
280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400 | Ottawa | Ontario | K2P 1R7 | Canada

Monday, January 1, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Influenca 1918 on PBS January 2

‘Influenza 1918’ on PBS
Gail Dever, Genealogy à la carte
As part of its American Experience series, PBS will air the documentary, Influenza 1918, on January 2nd, likely to mark the 100th anniversary. A bit of Googling indicated this 60-minute program was first broadcast in 1998.

In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die. The cause of death was identified as influenza, but it was unlike any strain ever seen. As the killer virus spread across the country, hospitals overfilled, death carts roamed the streets and helpless city officials dug mass graves. It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 — until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.

The Spanish influenza of 1918 has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history.  The first outbreaks of the Spanish influenza occurred in the spring of 1918. The infection travelled back and forth between Europe and North America on the ships carrying troops fighting in World War I. These troops then introduced the disease into Asia and Africa.

Caused by a viral infection that attacked young, healthy bodies, the influenza killed more people than the First World War. An estimated 20 to 50 million people died from the flu worldwide. In Canada, more than 50,000 people died, and all parts of the country were affected.

A 2001 issue of Legion Magazine noted, “In Toronto, 1,682 people died between Oct. 9 and Nov. 2, 1918. Montreal was hit so hard that it had to adapt a trolley car to carry bodies because the city’s hearses could not meet the demand. By October 1918, influenza was claiming 1,000 Canadian lives a day. During the same period, the country’s battlefield losses averaged about 100 deaths a day.”

From the OGS newsletter December 30, 2017