Monday, July 30, 2012

New look!

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However, we seem to be having some technical troubles with previously uploaded pictures. We're working quickly to fix this up for you!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bringing in the Sheaves

      Backus-Page volunteers spent Sunday afternoon "bringing in the sheaves". Harvesting wheat using early 1900's methods and equipment. The wheat will be used at the Heritage Farm Show, Sept 15-16, demonstrating threshing. 

Threshing is defined as the process of loosening the edible part of grain from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. It is the step in between harvesting and winnowing. 

Hope to see you at the farm show!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Register Your Equipment for the Heritage Farm Show

On September 15 and 16, 2012 the grounds of the Backus-Page House Museum will once again be filled with pieces of our agricultural past.  We invite you to bring your antique equipment, tractors, and displays, but make sure to register first so we can give you the space you need to showcase your treasures. 

Mail or email the registration form ASAP.  You can find the form under Heritage Farm Show on our Events page.

For more information contact the office or 519-762-3072

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Farewell from Lori

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Tyrconnell Heritage Society Members,
As some of you may already know I have resigned my position as Cultural Manager here at the Backus-Page House Museum. My last official day on site was June 14th. I wanted to say thank you to all for your friendship and/or support over the years. It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of the Backus-Page House and to uphold and promote the mandate and mission statement of the Tyrconnell Heritage Society.
It has been an enriching experience albeit a very busy one. As I spent my final two weeks onsite, mentoring my replacement, I was reminded of the many benchmarks achieved during my tenure as Cultural Manager. The publishing of seventeen newsletters (expanded from the original 1 or 2 page format), the creation of a THS blog, the continuing upgrade of our website and the institution of a social media program including Twitter and Facebook are a reflection of a commitment to engage the public and the THS membership through all available avenues of communication. Since 2008 the administration has overseen volunteer contributions that have been estimated at well over 12,000 man-hours and seventeen local youth have been employed in seasonal positions. For the past two years the Backus-Page House site has enjoyed the distinction of qualifying for the CMOG program by meeting official Ontario community museum standards. The restoration of the rectory barn and the redesign of the Carriage House office area have provided additional display, administration and programming space.
The museum has welcomed thousands of guests each year who have enjoyed tours, teas, arts and craft shows, workshops on period cooking and corsetry and spinning, sumptuous meals of period cuisine, and lectures on the history of the fur trade in Canada and the effects of the local climate on the lifecycles of butterflies. The museum collection has grown through the accession of hundreds of artifacts and the program has been benefited by the digitalization of our collection registry. Looking to engage a broader demographic, an interpretative program for Carolinian flora and fauna was instituted.
 Over the past 4 and a half years our exhibit program has treated guests to “A Peek at Victoria’s Secrets”, a broad look at the industrial revolution, the secrets of midden treasures, interpretations of spinning and textiles in the Talbot Settlement, the community of signature quilts, the 150th anniversary of the Wallacetown Fair and then the St Peter’s Church’s celebration, along with an overview of The War of 1812. By the way, don’t forget to stop by and see the current exhibit “Get Stuffed~ A Whimsical Look at the Victorian Anthropomorphic Taxidermy Tradition”. I hope you have as much enjoyment visiting the exhibit as I did researching and putting it together.
I have helped host meetings, special events, family reunions and weddings both large and small. I have welcomed summer day-campers, car tours, dedicated birders and Sunday drivers. I have spoken to guests who have travelled clear across the globe and marvelled that they had found their way from somewhere as far away as India, to this small site along the northern shore of Lake Erie. I hope you all will continue to find your way to “Little Ireland” on the Erie coast.
There have been many challenges along the way but it has allowed for a tremendous amount of growth. I have had the good fortune to encounter and work with some truly talented and dedicated people and for that I am grateful. I bid you all a fond farewell. I wish you all the very best in the future and once again thank you for your support over the past four and a half years. 
Lori Milos-Ivanski