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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Historic Walking Tour of Orono

On Saturday April 24th at 11:00am Clarington Museums and Archives will be hosting a guided walking tour through Orono. Orono’s pioneer history as well as interesting facts about many of Orono’s older structures and homes will be highlighted.

The tour will start at the Orono Town Hall and will be about an hour and half long. Come prepared with suitable clothing for the weather and walking shoes. The cost is $7.00 per person and pre-registration is preferred. To register or for more information please call the museum office at 905-623-2734.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chat Room Series Begins

Clarington Museums and Archives is pleased to announce our new Chat Room Series hosted in the one room Schoolhouse at the Clarke Museum. In this new use of an old space, Clarington Museums will be bringing experts, historical re-enactors and artisans into our community. We will explore history, and its artifacts during this regular series in the schoolhouse.

In our first Chat Room on Saturday, April 17th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, we invite the public to bring their antique, vintage and collectible books to be appraised by local experts. Monetary appraisals as well as advice on how to best care for your treasured volumes and tomes will be available. Turn the day into a book event by visiting the Kirby Church fundraising book sale first and then bring your new purchase over to the Schoolhouse to find out if you have a treasure. Each visitor may bring in up to 3 books for appraisal and the cost is by donation. Light refreshments will also be served.

Looking forward to the fall, our next Chat Room Series will be held on Saturday, November 13th in which we will remember our wartime efforts in Clarington.

Log onto the museums and join us in our historical adventures!

Archive Awareness Week @ the SJWHC Museum

Our Archives holds the key to unlock many of the hidden treasures of our community’s history. Join Clarington Museums and Archives in celebrating its archives from Monday April 12th to Friday April 16th. The archives in Clarington holds the most extensive collection of local historically important papers, photographs and artifacts and we want people to know about it.

Have you ever wondered why Orono is called Orono; or why King Street in Bowmanville runs on a northward angle to the west after passing Liberty Street; or what’s that monument about in downtown Newtonville? We can provide the key to unlock the answers to these historical questions and much more. Our archives are also a valuable resource in investigating your own family history.

During Clarington Archive Awareness Week, we are waiving our usual research fees and allowing visitors to use the archives for free. This is a great time to introduce yourself to the archives or to continue your research projects. This offer is only open to researchers who visit the archives in person. To take advantage of this free offer please call ahead (905-623-2734) to book your appointment with the Archivist.

Visit us during Archives Awareness Week and discover the mysteries of Clarington!