Thursday March 9th : The Vimy Memorial – Celebrating 100 Years
This week, our local Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is holding a gala fundraising dinner for the restoration of the Vimy Memorial. Architect Julian Smith will discuss his work on the project that is taking place in France, all as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
This is bound to be an interesting evening. There will be dinner, the talk, live music, and even a silent auction. If you’re interesting, you might be able to purchase some last minute tickets by calling the museum at 253-7013, or dropping by the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $50 each, but you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck from the sounds of it!
What a great way to do something BIG in our little town!
In August, we have plans to visit the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum in Carleton Place with a group of kids. This is always such a fun afternoon, and it is not only interesting, but always leaves us wanting to go back. The people are so friendly, and they make the town’s history exciting and relevant to all of their visitors.
A SCHEDULE CHANGE!
While we were slated to go on Wednesday, August 17th, we are now going on Wednesday, August 10th from 1-2pm!! (Just a little scheduling conflict that couldn’t be helped.) While you register for this visit for another few weeks, we wanted to give everyone a bit of a heads up. The program is for children aged 7 – 11, and we’ll be meeting over at the museum for 1pm that day, so mark it on your calendars!
This weekend, the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is holding a “Picnic Like it’s 1916” event on the grounds of the museum. It’s going to be a fun afternoon, if past events have been any indication. Bring your own picnic lunch and a blanket, and hang out for the afternoon. Treats will be available, as well as live music. And guess what? Our wonderful summer student Gracey will be there to read some stories to the little ones!
Plan on dressing in 1916 garb, or try on some of the costumes the museum will have available. You can find out much more about this event by visiting the museum’s website, or by taking in the Facebook page devoted to this festival. It’s always fun to have a family event that doesn’t cost much, and might educate as well as entertain.
Are you ready to Picnic Like It’s 1914? July 12 from 12-4pm go to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum for live music, children games and activities, photo booth, and more! Stop by from 12-1pm and see Wayne Cavanagh from Jack FM!
If you haven’t been to the museum, what are you waiting for? It’s such a fun place to visit and the people are so friendly, you’ll go back often. And who wouldn’t want to picnic like it’s 1914?
Last week, we visited the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum as part of our TD Summer Reading Club GO! theme. It was a rainy afternoon, but the kids really enjoyed learning all about travel in Carleton Place through the years. They had plenty of questions and Allie and Kristie were so great to answer each and every one of them. A BIG thanks to Jennifer and her staff at the museum for always planning such a great event. We can’t wait to GO back next year!
Some of the wonderful items in the exhibit.
Everyone had fun!
The Penny farthing was exciting to see!
Everyone went home with w fun bookmark to colour.
We played historical trivia…and the kids were fantastic!
Another wonderful display by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has transformed our library space once again. Jennifer dropped by and changed out the case with fascinating “new” objects you just need to stop and look at! We always find these presentations to be so relevant and amazing…it’s hard to believe some of these objects sit in boxes, carefully preserved until Jennifer has a chance to use them again!
If you haven’t been to the library lately, stop by and take a few minutes to look in the big glass case. And bring the kids! There are plenty of wonderful items to look at a discuss. A great way to get in a little local history until the museum opens again!
Each summer, we plan a fabulous visit to the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum here in Carleton Place. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. For those who think local museums are stodgy old places filled with relics that you’re not really interested in, nothing could be further from the truth about this museum. It’s a living, breathing, always-changing venue brought to life under the hard work of Jennifer Irwin and her staff. They never cease to amaze me with the interesting objects, photos and history they pull from a mass of boxes upstairs and place into the main part of the museum so that the public can enjoy their relevance. Great care is taken to preserve our history and you’d be wise to take an afternoon during the regular season to pop in and see what they have on display. With funding scarce when it comes to historical venues such as this, they might not be around forever.
Lucky for us, there is always a changing display on view at the library. The “museum people” drop in every so often wearing white gloves and carefully placing each object in the locked display cabinet. After, we often huddle around it to see just what gorgeous creation they’ve come up with, usually based on the current season. It’s a special part of our library and we think we’re very lucky to be able to have something like this available to our patrons.
For the entire month of November, Jennifer has graciously put together a wonderful collection of photographs in a series she calls “Carleton Place Then and Now” and we have them on display. There are amazing transformation photos showing buildings in our town as they once were, and as they are today. Believe me, there are some huge changes. Drop by to see them up close and take a few minutes to compare the present and the past.
A BIG thanks to Jennifer for the eye-catching display this month!