North Lanark
Regional Museum
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black and white historic photograph of the S.S. #11 Appleton school house

The North Lanark Historical Society was established in 1965 by local individuals who were interested in preserving the history of Almonte and the townships of Beckwith, Lanark, Pakenham, and Ramsay. At the time, they were the only group in the area who was dedicated to collecting artefacts and information on the history of the North Lanark Region, and transcribing original archival documents. In 1970, the Historical Society began to lease the former S.S. #11 Appleton school house from the Lanark County Board of Education, and developed heritage building (built in 1878) into a museum.

The North Lanark Historical Society officially opened the North Lanark Regional Museum on June 26, 1971. Adopting the motto, 'Preserve What We Have Gained,' the Society hoped to promote the museum as an educational institution, containing an array of pioneer artefacts, antiques, and historical and genealogical information.

Sadly, on July 19, 1979, shortly as it's designation as a Heritage Site, the museum and most of it's contents were destroyed by a fire. The Society and museum volunteers undertook the arduous task of salvaging and rebuilding the entire collection. A new museum building was purchased, and generously moved gratis by the Drummond Brothers. Their mother, Doreen Drummond had visited the ruins of the school house and asked her sons to do what they could to help the Society rebuild. When the museum was re-opened in 1980, the building was named the Doreen Drummond House in memory of her kindness.

Our Mission, Vision, and Mandate

Mission Vision
The North Lanark Regional Museum tells the stories of the North Lanark Region through the collection, preservation, and presentation of artefacts, culture, and local history. We encourage the public to experience their unique heritage through inspiring museum programs, special events, and a readily accessible local history and genealogical collection. The North Lanark Regional Museum believes history, heritage, culture, and quality of life are fundamental to building a sustainable, prosperous, and diversified community in Mississippi Mills. As such, the North Lanark Regional Museum strives to be an exemplary institution in our community and at large.
To preserve the heritage, artefacts, culture, and history of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills and area, and to keep it readily accessible to the public. The Museum aims to:
  1. Provide outstanding facilities, exhibits, and interpretation
  2. Connect, engage, and inspire our community
  3. Deliver excellence in management, operations, and customer service