Underwear and Unmentionables

Our local museum is constantly offering amazing local history to the public. With a variety of exhibits, new displays at the museum, and a fantastic curator, we love going. Coming up next month, they have something to stir the imagination……an Underwear and Unmentionables exhibit! Here’s what they have to say about it:

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is proud to present our latest exhibit, “Underwear and Unmentionables” … the history of things not always seen or talked about ….
What did women wear under their clothing to achieve the popular shape of the day? How on earth did they use the toilet while wearing bustles, hoops and crinolines? And why is there so little men’s underwear in museum collections?
Although extensive, our collection of undergarments is by no means complete. We are not presenting an entire history of women’s underwear, but we are proudly showing off what we’ve got!
While we are uncovering history, can we mention a few “unmentionable” topics? Our exhibit will include an interesting look at how sex education, feminine products, birth control, and childbirth have changed through the years.
Visit your local Museum and see just what the folks of Carleton Place were covering up all these years!

Exhibit Opens Tuesday February 6th and continues until May 4, 2018
The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Admission is by donation. Thank you.

You should definitely try to make it if you’re looking for something interesting to do on one of these snowy days (because lets face it, winter isn’t anywhere near done with us yet). Click on the link to get to their Facebook page for more information. You won’t want to miss this one!


A Gala Fundraising Dinner

16143779_1324328084290749_4095778770319445462_oThursday 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!

A Visit to the Museum!

museumIn 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.


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!

Get ready for a fun afternoon!

Join the Picnic!

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!

13445450_1133279373395622_6928778238442239201_nPlan 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.

Picnic like it’s 1916!

Picnic Like It’s 1914!

museumAre 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?

We Visited the Museum!

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!


Can’t wait to GO back again next year!

Everything Old is New Again

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!