Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thames Valley Museum School Teacher Appreciation Tea

The Thames Valley Museum School Teacher Appreciation Tea
Sunday July 18 from 1-4
The Thames Valley Museum School staff and board
request the attendance of teachers and appreciators for tea
on Sunday July 18th, 2010 from 1:00pm- 4:00pm
at the Thames Valley Museum School.

Featured Speaker: Curator, Jennifer Beauchamp

There will be a silent auction of items, donated by local businesses, located in the 1905 classroom
commencing at 1:00pm and ending at 3:30pm.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.
Please bring a lawn chair.
Thames Valley Museum School
656 Main Street North, Box 37
Burgessville, Ontario N0J 1C0

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Flat Thomas Visits Pompeii

Thomas Talbot lived from 1771 to 1853...obviously a span long past the the year 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii. During Talbot's lifetime Pompeii was an excavation site. The archaeological process had been going on since its' original unearthing in 1599. Names most noted with the excavation of the site during the 18th and 19th century included engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre, Charles of Bourbon (later king of Spain), Karl Weber, military engineer Franscisco la Vega who was then succeeded by his brother, Pietro, in 1804 and then Giuseppe Fiorelli who took charge of the excavations in 1860. Although Talbot did occasionally travel back to Great Britain after staking his claim in Upper Canada it doesn't seem that Pompeii would have been on his travel itinerary. Lucky for us though that Flat Thomas has no restrictions to where he might wander. The Harding Family took Flat Thomas along with them to the ancient city of Pompeii and sent the THS a picture of our slender colonel silhouetted against the walls of the site with Mount Vesuvius towering in the background.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Backus-Page House Wallacetown Fair Exhibit

Please join us for our newest exhibit "The Wallacetown Fair ~Sewn and Home Grown~ Celebrating 150 Years of Progress". The exhibition runs from July 10th to September 6th. .

The Backus-Page House and Tyrconnell Heritage Society would like to thank the Wallacetown (& West Elgin) Agricultural Society for its assistance in providing resource material for this exhibit.

Trails Open Summer Celebration

Open Trails Day Summer Celebration
Backus-Page House Museum
Saturday July 10th 10-4:30pm

Come spend the day at the beautiful John E. Pearce Provincial Park. Learn about the distinct Carolinian characteristics of the area while enjoying a guided trail tour with local nature experts (tour begins at 2pm). There will be box lunches, barbeque burgers and hotdogs available for purchase. Compete in our children's scavenger hunt. Local wildlife enthusiast Laura Hathaway will do 2 presentations at 11am and 1pm on the topics of butterflies and bees. Spend a Saturday afternoon enjoying the provincial park in your own backyard.