North Lanark
Regional Museum
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The Museum is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm every weekday.

Call 613-257-8503 or   email:
for more information.

Community Legacy Quilt

The North Lanark Historical Society is excited to share its Canada 150 project: a community Legacy Quilt! To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, a quilt is being made to commemorate all of the residents of Mississippi Mills. Volunteers are already hard at work sewing the red and white quilt squares and embroidering the names.

This legacy project is an exciting way to celebrate the Sesquicentennial and we hope to include as many residents of the Municipality as possible! Once the Legacy Quilt is completed, it will be added to the collection of the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton. The quilt will be a time capsule of the year 2017 and will be of interest to generations to come. Not only is the Legacy Quilt the perfect opportunity to reach out to all members of the community and unite the residents of Mississippi Mills, it is the perfect fundraiser for the Historical Society and Regional Museum.

If you are interested in adding your name to the Legacy Quilt, the cost in $10 per person or $25 per family (same address). Each name will be hand-embroidered and will provide an important record of Canada’s 150th Birthday in Mississippi Mills. Please send us a note with the proper spelling of your name and how you would like it to appear on the Quilt (ie. John Smith, John and Jane Smith, the Smith Family, etc.).

Your gift will help to preserve and support our local history. All donations will be issued with a charitable receipt. Should you wish further information on this project, please contact Doreen Wilson at 613-256-2866 or Thank you for your support.

Please make cheques payable to North Lanark Historical Society and mail to: North Lanark Historical Society, Box 218, Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0

Calendar Sale
2018 Calendars for Sale

Autumn is upon us and 2018 is just around the corner!

The North Lanark Regional Museum is happy to announce that this year they will be selling 2018 calendars in support of the S.S. #11 School Reunion in Appleton next summer.

At just $10 each, these calendars feature a collection of beautiful and historic photographs of the Appleton school and village, perfect for brightening up any space. Stop by the Museum and purchase a truly unique calendar and enjoy historic memories every month of the year.

Museum Accessibility Project

As you may be aware, the North Lanark Historical Society is in the process of raising funds to make the North Lanark Regional Museum more accessible to the general public. We have begun work in preparation to install an entrance ramp and accessible front door to the museum, at an estimated cost of $15,000.00. Over the past couple of years we have covered the cost of the architect’s plans and raised some seed money towards the project.

We are reminding all our members and friends of this worthy project and would consider any donations towards it. If you are interested in donating to the Museum Accessibility Project please fill out the attached form.    You will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

Thank you for your support!

NLHS Awarded Trillium Grant

On February 20, 2015 the North Lanark Historical Society officially recognized the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the funding received towards the project “Paving the Way to Sustainability.” The official recognition was celebrated as part of the annual NLHS Heritage Dinner and Silent Auction. Several special guests attended the event and addressed the audience.

After a fantastic roast beef dinner made by the Ladies of the Legion, the program began with Edward Wilson, President of the NLHS providing some welcoming remarks. Mr. Wilson described some of the successes from 2014 and the plans for 2015. He thanked everyone for their ongoing support and encouraged everyone to visit the museum exhibits which are constantly being updated.

Presentation of Trillium Plaque
Brian Tackaberry, MC for the night then introduced Mr. Jack MacLaren MPP. Mr. MacLaren praised the NLHS for all the work it has done and is doing. He encouraged everyone to continue supporting the Historical Society and the Museum and congratulated the NLHS on receiving the Trillium Funding. Brian then introduced Mayor Shaun McLaughlin. Mayor McLaughlin gave a very fitting speech, acknowledging the support that the Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided to organizations across Mississippi Mills. On behalf of the Town of Mississippi he thanked the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this ongoing support.

Finally Mrs. Louise Heslop, a representative from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, made the official presentation of the Trillium Plaque to the North Lanark Historical Society. The plaque was accepted by NLHS President Edward Wilson. Mrs. Heslop acknowledged the importance of “Paving the Way to Sustainability” for the North Lanark Historical Society and Regional Museum. She provided an overview of the project and expressed the importance of creating sustainable foundations for the Historical Society and Museum.

Bruce Toshak Presentation
Moving from the “business” side of the program Brian Tackaberry then introduced the guest speaker Mr. Bruce Toshack. A local firefighter, antique toy dealer and history enthusiast Mr. Toshack could have kept the audience entertained all night. Mr. Toshack told the story of our local firefighters from the days of horses all the way to the present. An impressive personal collection of local firefighting photographs and artefacts helped provide context throughout the presentation.

Heritage Dinner Guests
After a superb evening of food and entertainment the event ended with the Silent Auction. Items from the Silent Auction were donated by local community members and local business. The North Lanark Historical Society would like to thank all of these donors for their amazing support!

The North Lanark Regional Museum would like to acknowledge the support of:
The Ontario Trillium Foundation which is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Reference Collection: A Summer Project Complete!

Reference Library Collection 2014 (400x360)

Over the course of May, June, July and August 2014 our summer staff were hard at work improving the North Lanark Regional Museum. Celia Zamorano was given the task of cataloguing all the materials in our Reference Library Collection. Working her way through the almost 500 books, Celia did a wonderful job creating an inventory list of the collection.

The inventory list is now available on our website in a searchable format.
See our Genealogy and Books page.

Young Canada Works Logo

The North Lanark Regional Museum would like to acknowledge Young Canada Works for funding this project.

Photo – The newly organized and inventoried Reference Library Collection!


On Saturday December 6, 2014 Santa Claus visited the North Lanark Regional Museum to participate in our first ever Santa’s
Christmas Tea.    In anticipation of Santa’s arrival, museum staff invited children from our 2012 to 2014 summer camps to bring their
parents and visit Santa. The event ran from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
For further details and a photo album please see the Santa's Party page.

The North Lanark Regional Museum would like to acknowledge the support of: The Ontario Trillium Foundation which is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Exhibit Revisons in Progress.    Get a Sneak Peak!

When was the last time you were at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton?    Things have changed!    Come out for a visit!

Blacksmith exhibit before Blacksmith exhibit in progress

         Photo: Blacksmith Exhibit Before                                                                  Photo: Blacksmith Exhibit in Progress

Summer staff are currently redoing the blacksmith exhibit and it looks amazing. The work will be completed by early September, but we want you to come check it out now. Staff Stuart Douglas and Riley Miller with the assistance of volunteers Edward Wilson and Brian Armstrong have cleaned out the exhibit, constructed a display cabinet and are working on a LED push button display.

Rosie’s Garden Art

Rosies Garden Art
We also have art!

Have you ever seen a teacup flower?

The Museum is now selling Rosie’s Garden Art and all proceeds are go directly to the museum.

These unique decorations will add a splash of elegance to any garden.

Teacup flowers are $15.00 and Plate flowers are $20.00. All proceeds go directly to the museum! These are available while quantities last, so stop by today!

    Photo: Rosie’s Garden Art can double as dainty birdfeeders or birdbaths!

 Local Museum Secures Trillium Funding

The snow has melted and spring has arrived. It is the perfect time to visit a museum! The North Lanark Regional Museum (located at 647 River Rd in Appleton) will open its doors for the season on Monday May 12.

You’ll notice lots of changes at the museum and that’s because we are the proud recipients of a 2014-2015 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant. The Trillium funding has allowed the museum to hire a Project Coordinator (Sarah Chisholm) to build the organization's capacity to recruit and retain volunteers, carry out school programs, develop museum policies and procedures and increase financial sustainability.

What improvements do you want to see?

Are you interested in volunteering?

Our biggest goal for the next two years is to get the community more involved in the museum. We want you to drop by for a visit, offer to volunteer or come by to do some genealogical research. The North Lanark Regional Museum collects, preserves and displays the history of Mississippi Mills.

Our first major event for 2014 will be the launch of our summer exhibit: Toys and Games of Mississippi Mills on Saturday May 24 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The launch will offer guests the opportunity to view the exhibit, try out some historic games and learn more about the Trillium Project.

Do you have old toys and games lying around? Perhaps some family heirlooms? We’d love to showcase them in our summer exhibit. Please call the Project Coordinator for more details.

The museum will be running a garage sale on Saturday May 10 from 9:00am to 12:00pm on the museum lawn. The sale will feature a variety of household goods, toys and books at discount prices and all funds will go towards better preserving the museum collection.

From May 12 to September 1 the museum will be open daily 10am to 4pm. From September 2 to November 15 the museum will be open Wednesday through Saturday 1pm to 4pm. The museum is encouraging a $3.00 suggested admission fee.

For more information please contact the Project Coordinator, Sarah Chisholm at: 613-257-8503,
or email:
or read more on our website:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Ontario Trillium Logo

Sarah Chisholm, Project Coordinator


The NLHS and the NLRM are happy to announce our brand new logos! The museum and historical society have operated for a long time without a logo. For 2014 we are looking to solidify our "brand" starting with the logo.

The NLHS Board chose a simple log cabin to symbolize our work preserving and sharing the history of Mississippi Mills. Mississippi Mills started as a community of pioneers trying their luck in the new world. They started farms, built mills, opened shops and trades. And every night these early pioneers came home to sleep in their little log cabin homes.

The logo was designed by the amazing Jesse Caldwell (Graphic Designer). Jesse is a recent graduate who guided the Historical Society through several versions of the logo until the final was selected. Jesse is also working with the Historical Society to design our 2014 Military publication to be announced and released in August.  We’d recommend Jesse to any organization looking for graphic design services. Jesse can be reached at 613-831-7315 or

                 NLRMuseum Logo          NLHSociety Logo


By Audrey Buckingham

Audrey Buckingham, a keen equestrian, discovered the Ottawa Valley on horseback and fell in love with the unique turned fence posts. Why, she wondered, had the early settlers turned these utilitarian objects into small pieces of beauty? Audrey’s photographic collection captures these quickly vanishing artefacts.

Softcover, 50 pages
COST: $25.00 plus $5.00 Shipping and Handling

A Video Tour
The NLHS is happy to announce that we have received funding from the 2012-13 Museums & Technology Fund for its new project “A Video Tour”. The project will help make our museum more accessible and interactive for all our visitors – both onsite and offsite.

Interpretive videos will be installed in the lower level exhibit area so that visitors can learn more about the objects on display and in storage. Visitors will also have the option of watching clips from related oral interviews. For visitors with mobility issues, the interpretive videos will also be installed on the main level for easier access.

The interpretive videos will also be used in outreach programs at local schools, day cares and community groups. The outreach programs will incorporate historical information, interpretive videos, artefacts and activities.

As part of the project, museum staff and volunteers will be continuing the oral history project to gather more information.

Please stay tuned for updates on the progress of the project!

For more information contact:
Sarah, Project Manager
Ontario Logo
Funded by the Government of Ontario

New Edition: Almonte Train Accident
Released in April 2012; the Fifth Edition of The Almonte Train Accident is now available for purchase at $10 each. Stop by the museum to pick up your copy!

Digitally Preserving the Past for the Future
As a recipient of the 2011-2012 Museums and Technology Fund, the North Lanark Regional Museum has two projects underway for 2012.  The museum’s first project is upgrading its catalogue system to PastPerfect 5.0.  This new database will allow easier access to the artefact and archival records for both researchers and visitors. 
This project was made possible through the support of the Government of Ontario through the Programs and Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Oral Histories
Over the past few months, the museum has been conducting an Oral History Project, “Digitally Preserving the Past for the Future”, to enable the local histories of our area to be preserved for future generations.

As of December we have conducted ten interviews with members of the area who have shared their own unique histories, including descendants of the founding family of Appleton and a survivor of the 1942 Almonte train wreck.   Summaries are provided on our Oral Histories  page.

The interviews may be viewed at the museum; if interested, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 613-257-8503.

The goal of these interviews is to preserve the history and heritage of the North Lanark region. We are interested in preserving a wide variety of stories, such as early settlement, local families, schools, the dairy industry, mills, post offices, as well as any other local histories and anecdotes. The North Lanark Regional Museum would like to extend an invitation to all local residents (young or old) who have stories and histories they would like to share to participate in our interviews project. Anyone interested in participating can contact Sarah at or 613-257-8503.

This project was made possible through the support of the Government of Ontario through the Programs and Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

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