Victoria School Museum Day 2010!

We had an absolutely great afternoon at the Victoria School Museum!  Twenty kids were eager to see what it was all about and we enjoyed a wonderful, informative tour and played games and even had time for a great craft.

Our kids had their “passports” stamped and made conductor’s hats to go with the train theme.

If you haven’t been to the museum before, you’ll marvel at their old photos and artifacts.  A big thanks to Allison and her team this summer for putting on such a great day!  You can visit their website here to find out more information.

We can’t wait until next year!


Victoria School Museum visit

Picture 160We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Victoria School Museum here in Carleton Place! Sarah, Simon and Allison put together an entertaining and educational event for fourteen kids who had signed up at the Carleton Place Public Library.  We had a tour, crafts, a scavenger hunt and even enjoyed a few treats afterwards.  I think everyone was surprised by the wonderful displays that probably had never been seen by most of us, and being in the old schoolhouse, which was also the Town Hall at one point, was fascinating!

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Picture 173These are just a few of the fun displays that were on our scavenger hunt this afternoon.  I particularly like the sign by the police committee!  There was a mystery theme, with the Hardy Boys featured as one of the big clues on our hunt.  I think the kids enjoyed Simon’s getup!

Picture 187Thanks to the Victoria School Museum for making our summer program so much fun!

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Hardy Boys Day!

Today is Hardy Boys Day at the Carleton Place Public Library!  We are off to the Victoria School Museum this afternoon for a tour of our local history with the theme being the Hardy Boys.  Many of you might not know this, but one of the earliest writers of the Hardy Boys was actually from Carleton Place.  Our young readers will be excited to learn the facts.

hardyboys2Leslie McFarlane was born right here in Carleton Place, raised in Haileybury, Ontario and later moved to the US where he enjoyed a successful writing career for many years.  While there, he began writing under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon , who was the author credited for the Hardy Boys series (and still is, in many cases).  The series followed two brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy who were the sons of ace detective Fenton Hardy, and they were continuously solving cases in the town of Bayport.  The series was created by Edward Stratemeyer in 1927 and continues in many forms today such as the long standing novel format as well as graphic novel format. The latter is quite popular with our readers today, featuring very contemporary characters and scenarios.


The interesting thing about the early works is that even though they had a string of ghostwriters penning the books, they had a very strict set of guidelines to follow, which included the rules to keep deaths to a minimum, use lots of action verbs and absolutely NO kissing!  However, the earlier books were also filled with many racial stereotypes that would not be acceptable today, so in the late fifties, the early books were re-issued and edited to change those stereotypes.

You can find great information about the Hardy Boys and subsequent series at the Hardy Boys page, here.

Check back later to see the fun we had at the museum today!  We’re looking forward to a great tour and some mystery crafts!