Monday, June 30, 2014

Media Mondays!

Hi all! 

        The first step in implementing our new media and technology project is deciding how the outside, self-guided tour will work. We are currently creating signage that will be posted on the grounds of the museum. The signs are numbered as to lead you through to each building. We followed along our original pathway to make things easier. Below is a site-map of our QR codes for the outside buildings. We encourage all visitors to bring with them their smartphones so they can better access our new technology!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Behind The Scenes Sundays

Behind the Scenes Sundays with Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager

For those of you who are new readers or who don't know me, I grew up in Wallacetown and now live in West Lorne with my husband, John, and our cat Charly and dog Jack.  I joined the board of the Tyrconnell Heritage Society in 2009 and progressed from Director, to Vice President, and President.  Two years ago I became the Cultural Manager of the Backus-Page House Museum where I enjoy pair my love of history, the local community, and background with sales, team building, and business.  I am currently earning my diploma in Cultural Resource Management.  My blog posts will be more what happens in the office, with the museum collection, research and operating the society and museum.

Last year time was spent researching our parlour.  We are currently lacking in appropriate window and floor coverings, accesories and artwork.  The focus was on what types of window dressings Andrew and Mary Jane Backus might have had in the 1850's.  Not only would we need to know the colours and patterns available and popular in Tyrconnell, but what fabric did they use, and the style of curtains appropiate for the parlour.  What surprised me was that plain linen roller blinds would have been used in addition to curtains.   

Luckily, Melanie Button and I, found some sources that had pictures of actual fabric available in the 1850's.  I narrowed the choices down to 10 that would match the current furniture upholstery in our collection, printed them off, and took them with me to Len's Mills in London.  I found 5 prints and purchased a sample of each.  The final decision will be left up to, you, the visitors to the museum.

What pattern is your preference?  I'm calling this "Pocket Change for Parlour Curtains".  All 5 samples are posted in the parlour with a decorated jar paired with each.  To cast your vote, just put some pocket change into the jar of the pattern you think we should make the curtains from.  All the change will be used to purchase the fabric and have the curtains made.  The samples will be up until July 31, 2014.  Visit us at the Heritage Farm Show on September 13-14, 2014 to see the new curtains made from the winning fabric.

Let me know what kinds of things you would like to know about our museum.  This is your chance to ask a Curator and influence my future blog posts.  Have a Happy Canada Day on Tuesday.  Sarah and I will have a display, the gift shop and settler toys to play with at the Dutton Community Centre from 2:30 - 4:30pm during the July 1st celebrations. 

P.S. Today's my 38th birthday (June 29th)!!!  Please leave a comment, like this post, follow our blog, and share on all your social media accounts.   

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Service Saturday- Janice Ellis

Service Saturday
Service Saturday blog posts will feature a different volunteer every week. The museum is honoured to have such amazing volunteers. Featuring them in our volunteer profiles on the blog is just a small way of saying thank-you and demonstrating our appreciation for the service they provide.
This weeks volunteer is Janice Ellis, from Iona Station. Prior to volunteering Janice attended a breakfast at the Backus-Page House Museum with her husband. Her daughter, Angela, became a board member and began telling Janice all about the wonderful events that were taking place at the museum. Janice became interested and from there she decided to get involved with the museum. Janice has been volunteering with the Backus-Page House Museum for about three and a half years now.
Although Janice helps with all of the events, she particularly enjoys helping with the gardens and making tea for the Sunday Summer Teas held at the museum every Sunday in July and August. Janice is always willing to help with whatever task that the museum has to offer. Janice doesn't mind helping when she is needed because she says it's "a satisfaction to know you're helping your community." The atmosphere at the Backus-Page House Museum is both incredible and welcoming. In order to create such an inviting atmosphere at the museum a significant amount of team work is required. Team work is a specific asset which Janice admires. Janice especially likes the people and the different ideas that each individual brings to the table.
The Backus-Page House Museum hosts a variety of events, however, Janice's favorite event is the Annual Heritage Farm Show which is held on September 13th and 14th, 2014. She also enjoys planning meals and assisting with organizing the volunteer dinners. Above all, Janice truly enjoys gathering people together to experience each of the incredible events that the museum has to offer as a community.
Thank you Janice for all that you do for the museum!

Kelsey Conway
Backus-Page House Museum

Friday, June 27, 2014

Foodie Friday- Oatmeal Scones

Oatmeal Scones
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1 ounce butter
  • Buttermilk
  1. Mix dry ingredients, rub in butter, and add milk to make a soft dough. Roll out and cut into four or eight pieces. Bake on a hot griddle until risen and brown on one side. Turn over and bake other side.
  2. Can be served with butter, jam or maple syrup.
This recipe can be found in the "Backus Page House Tried and True Recipes" cook book. It can be purchased from the museum gift shop for $2.00
Kelsey Conway
Backus Page House Museum

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tourism Talk

Canada Day Celebrations- July 1

Dutton Canada Day Celebrations
  • At Sons of Scotland Park
  • 12PM- Dusk
  • Free Swim
  • Volunteer Awards
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Kids Activities
  • Fireworks at Dusk
Port Stanley Canfest-
  • Canada Day celebrations
  • Fireworks
  • Boat Parade
  • Pony Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Music at Glover Park
West Lorne Canada Day Celebrations
  • 1PM Kids Country Carnival
  • 5PM Fish Fry
  • 7PM Opening Ceremonies, Baseball Game, Snake Lady Show
  • 9:30PM Fireworks
Fingal Canada Day Celebrations
  • Fireworks at Dusk at Baseball Diamond
Dutton Dunwich Summer Recreation Camp
  • June 30-August 15
  • 8AM-5PM
  • MUST PRE REGISTER (519) 762 3209
Dutton and District Lions Club Bingo
  • Wednesday July 2
  • At Dutton Dunwich Community Centre
  • 7:15PM
Backus Page House Museum
  • Summer Sunday Teas
  • Every Sunday in July and August
  • 1PM-4PM
  • $10.00 a person- includes tea, baked goods, and a guided tour

Written By
Alex Goos
Tourism Assistant
Elgin County Tourism

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy Wednesday everyone!
This past week here at the museum was full of outside work, along with our regular research and accessioning.  We are preparing for our Strawberry Social tonight from 6-8 pm so Kelsey and I spent 2 days out in the fresh air weeding the gardens.  They do look much better than they did, but those weeds are coming back with a vengeance…I feel as if it will be our summer-long fight to keep up with them.  Our plants are all growing fast though! 
We also had a sign put up here in the parking lot with the names of our donors on it, including those merchants who are participating in our “Backus Bucks” campaign.  I got to paint the plywood backdrop for it and now that it’s all put together, it looks very sharp J  Last week I began contacting presenters for Day Camp, as well.  The first week will be here before we know it, so if you know of anyone who may be interested in joining us for a week of historical fun, send them our way to register!  Our big item to access this week was a cast iron coal stove from 1846.  It is quite ornate and beautiful.  I acquired a bit of a war wound from it, but love our addition none-the-less. 
The last topic I will cover before letting you go this week is the research I have been doing recently, for a future exhibit on bedrooms and bathrooms during the 19th century.  From an academic research paper…..did you know that people used to sleep in a segmented pattern?  The first sleep would be from sunset to about midnight, with an hour or two of activity (housework, reading, etc.) and then the second sleep would fall from around 3 am until sunrise.  I found that very interesting and wanted to share.  Take care everyone and have a great week.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Toolbox Tuesday- Cast Iron Shoe Form

Cast Iron Shoe Form
The cast iron shoe form was used throughout the 1800s to make shoes.  Though making shoes was done by hand and made for the individual’s foot, the mass production of shoes began in the 1850s.  A shoemaker in Leicester, Tomas Crick, patented the design for a riveting machine in 1853. His machine used an iron plate to push iron rivets into the sole. The process greatly increased the speed and efficiency of production. He also introduced the use of steam-powered rolling-machines for hardening leather and cutting-machines, in the mid-1850s.[4]
The sewing machine was introduced in 1846, and provided an alternative method for the mechanization of shoemaking. By the late 1850s, the industry was beginning to shift towards the modern factory, mainly in the US and areas of England. A shoe stitching machine was invented by the American Lyman Blake in 1856 and perfected by 1864.  The form that is pictured above would have been used to make sure that the shoes were uniform in their design and there were different sizes of forms for men, women, children, and also for shoes, boots, etc.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Media Mondays!

             Mondays with me - Sarah, will discuss all the various media related projects that we are embarking on this season! 

This year at the museum we have a special project that is ongoing throughout the season. We are introducing a variety of new technologies that can be used to interact with our artefacts and history. We will have a variety of tablets set-up throughout the museum that will allow visitors to understand more about our exhibit and specific artefacts. 
We encourage our visitors to bring their smartphones in order to have access to a variety of our new innovations. 
               We will be implementing a self-tour that can be done outside the museum even when we are closed. The tour consists of a variety of QR code signage that accompanies our outbuildings. By scanning the QR code, visitors have access to more information regarding the specific building they are interested in. Starting in July we will have the same QR signage on display throughout the museum. Visitors will be able to receive more information regarding some of our most interesting artefacts. Stay tuned for more Media Monday information! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Foodie Friday- Turkish Delight

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey Conway. I am a summer student at the Backus Page House Museum. I am currently enrolled in the Childhood and Social Institutions program at Kings University College in London. I am in charge of the Foodie Friday blogs for the summer. Foodie Friday features recipes from 1860 and earlier. Be sure to watch for the tasty recipes I will be posting every Friday! I look forward to an exciting summer filled with wonderful events here at the Museum!  

Turkish Delight

  • 2 Packages gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1.4 cup lemon juice
  • Finely grated rind of orange or lemon

  1. Soak gelatin in cold water.
  2. Combine sugar with boiling water and heat until sugar dissolves. Add gelatin, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat, add fruit, and pour into a pan that has been rinsed with cold water.
  4. When set, cut into squares and roll in icing sugar.

This recipe can be found in the "Backus Page House Tried and True Recipes" cook book. It can be purchased from the Museum gift shop for $2.00.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tourism Talk

Family and Me Story Time
  • June 20th, 2014
  • At the Dutton Library
  • 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Strawberry Social
  • June 25th, 2014
  • at the Backus-Page House Museum
  • 6PM to 8PM
  • $5 for strawberry treat
Dutton Community Pool
Dutton Meadows Golf Course
  • Friendly country style golf club with home cooked meals
  • Join in on Monday mornings for senior breakfast and golf for $16.50
  • Join in on Tuesdays and Thursdays to play 18 holes for the price of 9 OR receive a free power cart with every two paid green fees
  • Friday nights play golf and receive a delicious meal and prizes only $20 5PM shotgun

Written by: Alex Goos
Tourism Assistant
Elgin County Tourism

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Catching Up with Catie!

Hello everyone,

It has been another week already...summer is flying!  Well between tours, checking in on the park since its opening and keeping up the maintenance of the museum (we gave it a good bath on Thursday!), we had another summer student start with us.  Kelsey Conway will be one of my partners in crime this summer and I am so excited to have her around finally!  Together, this past week, we put the accessed items into either storage or the house on display, finished the most concrete plan yet for Day Camp and along with the help of Sarah and Ali, planted our corn.  We really hope we see at least one stalk before the end of was an adventure :)  I also worked on a summer newsletter for kids this week and it will be ready to mail out soon.  This coming week we will be preparing for the Strawberry Social, so come on out next Wednesday the 25th for a $5 strawberry treat from 6-8 pm.  Our Backus Bucks fundraiser will be starting up soon as well, so if you would like to purchase 10 Backus Bucks to spend at merchants in our community, staff and board members will be selling the booklets shortly.  Another exciting tid-bit is that we have our WWI horse saddle in our possession now!  That sums it up for this week.  Everyone take care!



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Toolbox Tuesday- An Awl


An awl is a long, pointed spike, which can be used for a variety of reasons.  For example, an awl can be used for making holes in wood, marking wood or for piercing holes in leather and other materials.  An awl is the simplest hole-maker, because it simply pushes material to the side without pulling it out.  Since awls were and are used in a variety of trades, there are many variations to fit the particular needs of the carpenter, tailor, sail maker. There may be multiple names for the same type of awl, as well as different awls with similar uses.  The awl was pressed against an object and then rotated by hand, much like a present-day screwdriver.  It is even said that an awl would historically have been used to pierce ones ears.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Vegetable Fermentation Workshop

Thank you to Cindy from Elgin Harvest for teaching a vegetable fermentation workshop here at Backus-Page House Museum.  Six attendees learned that many cultures have traditions where fermenting is used for flavour and preservation.  Unfortunately most North Americans have lost this food art.  Fermentation is controlled decaying to make nutrients more available.  The bacteria are essential for gut health. 
Items we eat regularly have fermenting somewhere in there processing like sauerkraut, tea, chocolate, pepper, yogurt and much more.  Cindy brought some items to taste test including green strawberries, beans, and sour cherries.  We made salt brine and all chose to layer locally grown vegetables in our jars. 

<-----Angela's ingredients 2 tsp each of dill, yellow mustard, dark mustard, fennel; 1 tsp of black pepper corns, 1 garlic clove.  Asparagus, sweet peppers, red onions, green and yellow beans.

Next week I'll take a picture of my jar and post about its progress and taste. 

You can contact Cindy at and visit her Saturday's at the Horton Street Market in St. Thomas. 

by Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager

Beryl, Edith, Paula, Betty Ann, Patrusia, Angela

Friday, June 13, 2014

Foodie Friday- Sweet Cream Biscuits

Sweet Cream Biscuits

From Elgin County Pioneer Museum Heritage Cookbook, 9

v  4 cups of flour

v  1 cup sweet cream

v  1 cup skimmed milk

v  2 tsp cream of tartar

v  1 tsp soda

v  1 tsp salt

Sift the salt, soda and cream of tartar with flour and after putting the cream and milk together, mix in.  roll out without using any extra flour.  Cut the biscuits ½ inch thick, put in warm pans and bake.  The biscuits should rise to three times their original thickness before browning.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tourism Talk

Shedden Tractor Pull
  • June 13, 2014
  • At the Shedden Keystone Community Complex
Family And Me Story Time
  • June 13, 2014
  • At the Dutton Library
  • 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Lego Mania
  • June 14, 2014
  • At the Shedden Library
  • 2:15PM to 4:30PM
Baby and Me Story Time
  • June 17, 2014
  • At the Dutton Library
  • 10:30AM to 11:00AM
Pinterest Craft Club
  • June 19, 2014
  • At the Dutton Library
  • 6:30PM to 7:30PM

Remember to go to Empire Valley before Father's Day to check out their great gifts for Dad!

Written by Alex Goos
Tourism Assistant
Elgin County Tourism

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Catching Up With Catie!

Happy Wednesday all!

This past week was full of fun new facts for me.  Kelsey and I attended the EON Student Orientation Workshop for summer students working at museums.  We learned a lot about how a museum is run, how to be welcoming and helpful to our customers, and also how to catalogue pieces that are donated to the Backus-Page house and those that are borrowed for our exhibits.  That is what I spent much of my time on this past week; accessing some neat artifacts that have found their way to us :) Talk about learning a whole lot of cool historical facts about tools and bottles and clothing that I had never known before.  Though the research on items can be tedious at times, it is worth the searching and is fun to delve into the history of the 19th century!  Speaking of cool historical facts, I would like to share a few from our workshop last week. 

1. Allen's Apple Juice started in Norwich.
2. Norwich was also the place where the first sidewalk sale took place and the first cheese factory was run with cooperation from local farmers.
3. The best pen feathers are goose feathers that come from the left wing and the work "pen" comes from the Latin word meaning feather.
4. Malcolm's Mill in Oakland was where the last battle on Canadian soil during the war of 1812 took place.

I hope you all enjoy your week and we will catch up again next Wednesday :)


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We Will Remember Them: 70 Years Since D-Day in Our Nation's Capital

We Will Remember Them: 70 Years Since D-Day in Our Nation’s Capital
by Delany Leitch, Guest Blogger and Former Backus-Page House Museum Summer Staff

Sacrifice. Honour. Heroism. These words were used by every speaker at every ceremony honoring veterans of the Day of Days, Operation Overlord on its 70th anniversary Friday, June 6th. They are the chosen words of those of us living in the legacy of this momentous event in an attempt to describe something to which no words can do no justice. During my time at the ceremonies held at the Canadian Museum of Aviation and Space in Ottawa yesterday, I heard these words and felt profoundly speechless. But, after a great deal of reflection and thought, there are some things that I can put into words as a sort of personal homage to this day.

            From the minute I stepped into the museum, I knew that the day was going to be one that would remain in my memory for a lifetime. As an incredibly passionate student of history, both academically and informally, I always feel a sense of emptiness and melancholy around the eleventh of November, and quietly acknowledge the anniversaries of the hugely significant moments in our past such as D-Day and VE Day. This year being a major anniversary for D-Day was very exciting for me, as the whole world would share in the reflection and honoring of the event, and I would be in Ottawa to be a part of it. So, I made the journey to the museum on the morning of the sixth, where Canada’s ceremonies were to be held, eager to witness what was sure to be a memorable and emotional event.

            After arriving early, there was time to explore the museum before the events would get underway. The museum is home to some fascinating pieces of our military history, including the Avro Lancaster bomber plane which was used by the RCAF and had a fascinating feature in Peter Mansbridge’s D-Day special which aired yesterday during the broadcast of the ceremonies in Normandy. At 11:30, the museum offered a live showing of the Normandy ceremonies on Juno Beach, with Canada’s ceremonies to be held outside afterwards. I entered the theater to watch the showing and was immediately overcome with awe at the crowd. Here was a room full of veterans, their walkers and canes filling the aisles, sitting altogether with their families, watching footage of their comrades being honored on the beach where they fought and fell. It was an absolute honor to sit in the same room as them. The ceremonies ended up being delayed and so the live footage was pushed back, but the CBC showed a number of interesting features hosted by Peter Mansbridge. During one such feature, Peter talked about a veteran in England who escaped from his care home to attend the ceremonies in France after being told he was too weak to travel. The entire crowd watched in silent awe as he described the man’s amazing journey, and after it was over, the veterans broke into a huge round of applause. Here was one of their fellow soldiers, determined to storm that beach one more time! Of course, with the day being especially emotional, this is about the point where the tears welled up, and they stayed there for the rest of the day.

The theater at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum with the crowd of veterans watching Peter Mansbridge’s features.

            Unfortunately, with the ceremonies being delayed, we were unable to watch them because our own ceremonies were due to start. We joined the procession of shuffling veterans and made our way into the brilliant sunshine where tanks and other army vehicles were parked around a center area draped in Canadian flags. As someone who has not attended many official Canadian ceremonies before, I was in awe of the entire thing; it looked just the way such events always do on television.
It was very exciting to see two RCMP officers and their horses standing guard at the entrance.

Finally, the ceremonies got underway. They began with a parade of troops with an army band, followed by an introduction of the dignitaries in attendance. The governor general David Johnston was the highest official there, and he inspected the troops. Then came the speeches by Johnston, as well as the ambassadors from France and the United Kingdom, and Minister of Justice Peter Mackay, among others. Then, a man came to the podium and directed our attention towards an airplane near the front of the stage area. He told us that the plane was called the Hawker Typhoon, and that they were used in the D-Day offensive to attack in several waves and target beach defenses in order to clear the way for ground troops. Spitfires would then fly overhead to protect the Typhoons flying at low levels. The man then asked that the veterans in attendance who had flown Typhoons come forward to be photographed with the plane. In the seconds following this, the entire audience was still, and it seemed to last forever with no movement. Everyone was looking around frantically to see the heroes reunited with their old plane. Finally, a slow procession of veterans emerged, burdened with the effort of walking, but medals shining brightly in the sun. It was a glorious thing to witness, and something that I will remember forever. The crowd appropriately gave them a resounding applause, and many photos were taken of the amazing moment.

The Hawker Typhoon

The veterans with David Johnston and the Hawker Typhoon, courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen.

            Following this, more speeches were made, and the laying of the wreaths began. A choir of local students serenaded the sombre moment, and their haunting rendition of the wartime song “White Cliffs of Dover” did me in emotion-wise. Then came the last post, moment of silence, reveille and lament played on the bagpipes with a flyover by a Canadian jet, which was an intensely powerful moment. In the silent aftermath of this, a tiny little veteran climbed up to the podium in his navy uniform, leaned into the microphone and began the Ode of Remembrance: “They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” My voice blended with the crowd’s responding promise to his emotional tribute: “We will remember them.”

            Every time I croak out that promise, I mean it with everything in my being. I will be studying and researching these historical events not only for the years of my university degree, but for the rest of my life. The passion fully extends into all aspects of my life, and a huge portion of my life is devoted to it. For me, these anniversaries and ceremonies represent a moment when the world joins me in the passion, reflection and appreciation that I carry with me every day. To have had the privilege to be in our nation’s capital among my heroes was something that I will treasure for the rest of my life, and it was an experience that I am honored to be able to share.

D-Day Veterans pose with the Avro Lancaster at the Canadian Museum of Space and Aviation

Toolbox Tuesday - Hand Plane

Wooden Hand Plane

Hand planes could be made by hand at the homestead or could be purchased from a variety of companies who made and sold them.  One such company was the New York Tool Co., which was a name used by the Auburn Tool Company of Auburn, New York.  This company made planes from 1864-1893 and had a contract with the Auburn Correctional Institute (prison) and prisoners were the ones who made the planes.

Hand planes are quite simple to use.  Once you select the appropriate type for your job, you sharpen and adjust your blade and set to work.  Place the plane on the edge of your wood and apply pressure to smooth and flatten the wood.  Push the plane back and forth on the surface smoothly and continuously.  Planes were used for shaving down wood surfaces and it was recommended that one plane with the grain to avoid catching knots.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Foodie Friday - Johnny Cake

Johnny Cake
From Elgin County Pioneer Museum, Heritage Cookbook, 12

1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream the sugar and shortening , add beaten egg, beat again.  Add milk and cornmeal and powder and salt.  Beat well.  Pour into greased 8 inch pan and bake at 350 Degrees F for 45 minutes or until it browns and pulls from sides of pan. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tourism Talk

Port Stanley Art and Guild Show & Sale  
"Wild Flowers" by Roxanne Jervis
  • Friday June 6 to Sunday June 8
  • @ Port Stanley Legion, 310 George St
  • Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 12-5pm
  • Find local artists who share their knowledge with many other artists
  • The Guild maintains a membership of 50 artists whom all work with different mediums

22nd Annual Rosy Rhubarb Festival
  • Friday June 6 to Sunday June 8
  • @ Shedden Keystone Complex (Hwy 3, Shedden)
  • Friday: Baking Contest 10AM-Noon, Vendors open 5PM, Opening Ceremonies 7PM-11PM, Old Fashioned Family Country Hoedown, Pie Eating Contest
  • Saturday: Breakfast 8AM-11:30AM, Vendors open 8AM, Rhubarb Sauce and Ice Cream or Pie by the Slice, Helicopter Rides 10AM-5PM, Longest Rhubarb Stalk and Leaf Contest 12PM, Pony Rides, Monster Truck Car Crush 1PM
  • Sunday: Breakfast 8AM-11:30AM, Church Service 10AM, Antique and Custom Car Show 11AM, Snake Lady 12PM-4PM, Monster Truck Car Crush 1PM
  • Entertainment includes: Austin Gagnier, Jamie Warren, Vogel Joy, Randy Dawdy, Chico Sanchez and Daryl Grattan

Vegetable Fermentation Workshop
  • Wednesday June 11 at 7pm
  • @ the Backus Page House Museum, 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown
  • $30.00 per person, or $25.00 for members of the Tryconnell Heritage Society
  • Bring your own cutting board and knives
  • Taught by Cindy Bircham
  • Taste old fashioned style pickles

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Catching Up With Catie

Hello there everyone!

My name is Catie Welch and I am the Assistant Museum Coordinator this summer at the Backus-Page House Museum.  I am looking forward to what I think will be a fantastic summer!  This past month has been filled with so many learning opportunities for me.  Not only have I learned the history of the house and the area, but I have learned that pioneers used to build ice boxes into the side of hills, collecting ice from the lake, in this area, and then storing it all summer in their ice boxes.  I find it amazing how the ice would stay cool all through the summer, thanks to the insulation of the ground. So neat!

The month of May was full of planning for me, as well as a number of other projects.  I am the one in charge of our History Day Camp for Kids this year and much of May was used for planning our week of fun and learning.  There are 3 separate weeks that children are able to attend (July 7-11, July 21-25 and August 11-15) and each day of the week is a different era, including before the area was settled by Europeans to World War Two and the 50s and 60s.  Each day’s crafts, activities, presenters and snacks are all in keeping with the era/theme of the day. 

                I have also been working on a number of activity kits that we will be selling in the museum gift shop.  With these, one can learn how it is that wool thread is made, how to make a beeswax candle, origami and more.  We have also come up with the idea of a tour centered on myths of the life of a Victorian settler that will be available for groups who pre-book for this extra special tour. 

                We have lots of exciting events and projects coming up here at Backus-Page House so keep checking in to my weekly blog posts to keep updated J

Ps. Below you will find a poster for our day camp and the registration form!



 Can’t wait to take the kids on their nature hike during day camp!










History Camp For Kids



The focus of presenters, activities, crafts, and games, will be on the history of Dunwich Township from the Neutral Indians to Colonel Talbot and the early settlers, through Confederation and the coming of the railroad, life during both World Wars and ending with the 50’s and 60’s.
Campers must bring their own lunches, but two nutritious snacks are provided daily.







Day Camp Weeks     Monday – Friday / 9am -5pm

July 7-11, 2014                                 Cost is $100 per camper (ages 6-11)

July 21-25, 2014     Extended care 8:30am-5:30pm available upon request ($50 per child extra)

August 11-15, 2014                 Spaces are limited so call 519-762-3072

                                                                        Or email to book


Tyrconnell Heritage Society

P.O Box 26, 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown, Ontario, N0L 2M0  Registration forms can be found on the website


History Camp for Kids


___       July 7th – July 11th               Sponsored by Jerry Galbraith

___       July 21st – July 25th

___       Aug. 11th – 15th


Youth’s Information:

Youth’s Full Name: _____________________     Nickname (if applicable): ________________

Date of Birth:__________________                         Age: _______          Gender: Male/Female

Address (please include postal code): ________________________________________________



Parent or Guardian #1:                                                  Parent or Guardian #2:

Name: _____________________________         Name:_______________________________

Address same as above, check here ______         Address same as above, check here _______

Address:___________________________          Address:______________________________

__________________________________           _____________________________________

Telephone#:________________________      Telephone#:___________________________

Cell #:__________________________                              Cell #:____________________________

Email: _____________________________      Email: _______________________________


Legal Custody (if divorced or separated):



Emergency Contacts:


Name:_________________________                                  Name:__________________________

Telephone #:____________________                                  Telephone #:_____________________

Address:_______________________                     Address:________________________         


Pick Up Authorization Form:


Authorized Person’s Name                       Relationship to Youth                  Phone    

1)_____________________                    _____________________            _________________

2)_____________________                    _____________________            _________________

3)_____________________                    _____________________            _________________

4)_____________________                    _____________________            _________________


Name of persons NOT allowed to pick up Youth. Appropriate custodial paperwork must be attached.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________         ___________________

(Parent’s Signature)                           (Date)       




Permission for Walks, Outdoor and Indoor Activities:


As part of the regular program, staff take the youths for short walks/hikes along Lakeview Line and within John E. Pearce Provincial Park, and provide activities on the Museum premises.

I give permission for my youth to participate in all of these excursions, provided they are under the supervision of staff.


_________________________________                                                        __________________

     (Signature of parent or guardian)                                                                                        (Date)


OUTDOOR SAFETY: Participants will be involved in outdoor activities for periods ranging from ½ to 1 ½ hours in duration. It is imperative that children be dressed appropriately. Please list any problems or concerns we should be aware of regarding outdoor activities.



Medical Information:

Health Card #: ______________________

Physician’s Name:___________________                      Dentist’s Name:________________

Address:___________________________                      Address:______________________

Telephone #: _______________________                       Telephone #: __________________


Any conditions or allergies that require special attention:



Does the Youth carry an Epipen: Yes/No


Does the Youth have special needs: Yes/No          Please circle

If yes, please explain: ________________________________________________________




Permission for Video Taping and/or Photos:


Sometimes photos are used in the local newspaper as special community announcements or events. If your youth is videotaped it could be used for educational purposes, on our website and YouTube channel or to be shown during events such as open houses or workshops.


I am aware that on occasion, my youth______________________ may be photographed or videotaped.


________________________________                                                           __________________

     (Signature of parent or guardian)                                                                                        (Date)





Financial Agreement:


Please check the box or boxes that apply to you. Receipts will be issued upon payment :

q    I am sending the $100.00 (cheque please) enclosed with this form.

q    I have paid in full, $100.00 per child and the THS has received the payment. (check this if paying in person)

q    I have paid the extra $50 for my child’s extended care. (if necessary, extended care is offered from 8:30am-9:00am, and 5:00pm-5:30pm each day of day camp)

q    As a Tyrconnell Heritage Society member, I have adjusted my payment to reflect my 10 % membership discount to the camp fee.


I, ________________________, request the enrollment of my child(ren) at the Tyrconnell Heritage Society/Backus-Page House Museum History Camp for Kids. I have read and understand the terms of enrollment and agree to the following:

  • To pay my total child care expenses upon registration of my child(ren)
  • To give one week notice in event of withdrawal to receive full refund


Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________


Date: _________________


Only the first 15 campers for each week who have paid and filled out proper forms will be guaranteed a spot in day camp.


Cheques made payable to the TYRCONNELL HERITAGE SOCIETY

We now accept Visa, Master Card and American Express on site. 


DEADLINE – RETURN FORM with cheque by July 1, 2014 (for Session 1, 2 and 3):

Backus-Page House Museum

P.O. Box 26

29424 Lakeview Line

Wallacetown, ON, N0L 2M0



Further information will be sent out as the week of each day camp approaches.


Thank you, we are looking forward to an enjoyable week!


Catie Welch                                                                                                                        Angela Bobier

Assistant Museum Coordinator                                                                                 Cultural Manager

519-762-3072                                                                                                                     519-762-3072