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PAINT & SIP

Paint & Sip.jpg Join us for a painting party on Saturday, May 6th from 1-3pm. Carleton Place artist Jenine McCann will guide you step-by-step to create your own floral masterpiece. All skill levels are welcome and no painting experience is necessary. It's the perfect opportunity to try something new and get creative!

All supplies and refreshments are provided by the Museum. Please make sure to wear something you are comfortable painting in.

Tickets are $40 person and you must be 19 or older to participate.

Space is limited.    Call 613-257-8503 or email:   Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com for your invitation!

Hope to see you there!




Celebrating Mothers Tea

Mothers Day Tea.jpg
Join us at the Museum on Saturday, May 13th, from 2-4 pm, to celebrate the mothers in your life with a pot of tea and delicious treats!

The event is $5 per person all funds raised will go towards supporting your local Museum.

Call 613-257-8503 or email:   Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com for further information.

Hope to see you there!







SPEAKER SERIES 2017

At Home in Tay Valley.jpg The North Lanark Historical Society is continuing its spring Speaker Series with a book talk and signing by Kay Rogers, co-author and editor of At Home in Tay Valley, at the North Lanark Regional Museum on Sunday, April 23 at 2 PM. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement and Canada 150 by taking a closer look at local history. Dozens of writers, artists and photographers worked under the editorship of Kay Rogers to compile At Home in Tay Valley, which is filled with the voices, anecdotes, and stories of those who have called Tay Valley home.

At Home in Tay Valley was nominated for the Ontario Historical Society’s Fred Landon Award for Local History. The proceeds from the sale of the book are being directed to an annual bursary of $1000 for a student graduating from either the Perth and District Collegiate Institute or the St. John Catholic High School who has been accepted into an apprenticeship, college or university program and who has demonstrated a keen interest in history. Copies of At Home in Tay Valley will be available for sale and signing.

For more information please call the Museum at 613-257-8503, or email :  Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com
Admission is by donation and refreshments will be provided.



Call for Items The North Lanark Historical Society is kicking off its spring Speaker Series with a presentation by Ron W. Shaw on Sunday March 19, starting at 2PM at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton (647 River Road).    The talk is titled "A Swarm of Bees" and tells the story of eighteen Lanark Society Settler families who converted to the Mormon faith and traveled to Western Ontario, then American Mid-West, and ultimately settled in Utah.

Ron W. Shaw is a well known researcher and author from Perth who has published several books on the early Perth Military Settlement in the past few years, and will have copies of his other books for sale. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

For more information please call the Museum at 613-257-8503, or email :  Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com



Annual Heritage Dinner Call for Items

The North Lanark Historical Society is holding its Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 24th, at 6:00pm at the Almonte Legion. As part of the event, a Silent Auction is offered with items collected from local businesses and community members.    Does your business have a product, gift basket or gift card that you could donate?    Do you have a special item, piece of art or gift that you could personally donate? We appreciate any donations for the Silent Auction and all businesses will be acknowledged at the event. Items can be dropped off at the North Lanark Regional Museum, 647 River Road in Appleton, from Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Thank you!

Tickets for the Annual Heritage Dinner are $30/person and are available for purchase at the Museum or at Baker Bob's in Almonte.   This year's guest speaker will be Brian Gilhuly, who will be presenting "Lumber Barons, Rascally Politicians & Canada's Railway King", a history of railway builders in the Ottawa Valley, from 1850 until 1923.

For more information about donating to the Silent Auction or the Annual Heritage Dinner, please call the Museum at 613-257-8503, email :  Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com
or click here to visit our website




Scottish Tea

Annual Scottish Tea

Join us for our Annual Scottish Tea!

Forget the winter chills, warm up with some friends, and celebrate the life of Robbie Burns with fresh scones, tea, coffee, and live music!

The event is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Almonte (100 Bridge St.)

on Sunday, January 22nd from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Tickets are $10/person and are available for purchase at the Museum, Baker Bob’s in Almonte, or the Legion.

All funds raised will go towards supporting the Museum!

For more information, please call 613-257-8503 or email:  Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com

Hope to see you there!



Genealogy Workshop 2016

Family Tree cM & Segments       
The North Lanark Historical Society will host its 5th annual genealogy workshop,
                          including DNA testing, on:
         Wed, Thurs & Fri afternoons, and Sat morning,   Nov 16 to 19, 2016   at the Museum
         To view the details of contents and format, see the 2016 Genealogy Workshop page.






History of Firefighting in Mississippi Mills
Fire Department

The North Lanark Historical Society's fall speaker series will continue on Wednesday, October 12 at 7PM with a presentation by Bruce Toshack titled “Horses to Horsepower: History of Firefighting in Mississippi Mills.”

Mr. Toshack is a long-time member of the Mississippi Mills Fire Department and an avid collector of firefighting memorabilia. He will have items on display as part of his presentation, which covers the early days of the town’s fire department up to the present.

The talk also marks Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 9th to the 15th this year.

The presentation will be held at the North Lanark Regional Museum, 647 River Road in Appleton.
Admission is by donation and refreshments will be provided.



  Flair for FashionFashion Poster


Flair for Fashion explores turn of the century fashion in Lanark County, as styles changed from the opulence of Edwardian fashion to the narrow lines of the "flapper" girls, and finally to the ready-to-wear fashions of the 1930s. Stunning wedding dresses, delicate fans, and men's wool bathing suits are just a few of the never-before-exhibited items that are on display.

Flair for Fashion is open until the end of September. Make sure to drop by and see it before it's gone!
















  Apple Pie Fest & Classic Car ShowApple Pie Fest Poster


Did you know that the charming village of Appleton was originally known as Apple Tree Falls in honour of the abundance of apple trees growing along the banks of the Mississippi River?

Celebrate the village’s namesake by joining us for a slice of delicious apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Check out the classic cars and take a stroll through the Museum’s collection.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available for purchase at the Museum or at Baker Bob’s in Almonte. All funds raised will go towards the Museum's sustainability.

You can also reserve your tickets by calling the Museum at 613-257-8503    or
     email:    Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com














  Strawberry Social 2016 Queen's Tea

The Annual Strawberry Social is back and better than ever! Join us for strawberry shortcake from 1:30 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 26th at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton.

For a special treat, celebrate Mississippi Mills' Bicycle Month by joining the Mayor of Mississippi Mills, Shaun McLaughlin, and the Mayor of Carleton Place, Louis Antonakos, in a bicycle ride to the Museum! The Mayors will leave their respective Town Halls at 1:00 pm and arrive for our first serving of shortcake at 1:30 pm.

The Social is one of the largest fundraising events the Museum hosts, drawing visitors from as far as Ottawa to enjoy an afternoon of shortcake made with locally grown strawberries and topped with fresh whipped cream. Featuring live music courtesy of the Perth Citizens' Band, it's an event you don't want to miss!

While you're here, make sure to visit our summer exhibition, Flair for Fashion, which explores turn of the century fashion in Lanark County. Stunning wedding dresses and men's wool bathing suits are just a few of the never-before-exhibited items that are on display.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $10 at the Museum and at Baker Bob’s in Almonte.

You can also reserve your tickets by calling the Museum at 613-257-8503    or
     email:    Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com





Queen's Tea

  Queen's Tea

Celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday in style at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton!

Join us for tea, sandwiches and birthday cake, and the chance to make your own stylish fascinator on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The event is $10 per person and all funds raised will go to supporting your local Museum.

May is Museum Month in Ontario, so make sure to stop by and discover our unique collection!

For more information please:
     call:       613-257-8503    or
     email:    Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com






Barns and Silos

Speaker Series:   Barns and Silos
      A Reflection of Changing Times

The North Lanark Historical Society is pleased to host local author Claudia Smith as part of their spring Speaker Series for 2016. Claudia Smith is a local retired elementary school teacher and the author of several books related to local history.

Claudia’s presentation will be entitled “Barns and Silos – A Reflection of Changing Times” based on her recent book published on the topic. It will focus on historic barns of Eastern Ontario, particularly in the Lanark County region, and her book will also be available for sale and signing.

Light refreshments will follow her talk.

The presentation will be held on Sunday April 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the North Lanark Regional Museum.

Admission is by donation.

For more information please:
     contact the museum at     613-257-8503
     or email:    Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com




Mothers Tea

  Celebrating Mothers Tea

Celebrate the mothers in your life with a pot of tea and delicious fruit breads at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton. We will be serving regular tea, strawberry tea and delicious fruit breads on Saturday, May 7th, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The event is $5 per person and all funds raised will go to supporting your local Museum!

For more information please:
     call:       613-257-8503    or
     email:    Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com







Engaging Your Community Program Announcement
On Thursday, March 10th, 2016, at the Almonte Old Town Hall, the North Lanark Regional Museum will partner with Ontario Museum Association (OMA) to hold a community consultation meeting as part of OMA’s Engaging your Community project.

The NLRM was one of four museums in Ontario chosen by the OMA to participate in the program, which will send experts to Mississippi Mills to provide facilitation and coaching support to the Museum and assist in the development of an action plan. Two representatives from the OMA, Christine Moreland and Mary Collier, will travel from Toronto to Mississippi Mills to lead the community consultation.

At the meeting, the Museum will work with the public to strengthen and deepen their relationship and determine what programs and services could be developed to better suit the community’s needs. The selection of the NLRM is a timely and crucial step in planning for the Museum’s future and achieving sustainability. Building a relationship with the community is a high priority for the Museum and all ideas are welcome!

The community consultation will be held at:
  Almonte Old Town Hall
  14 Bridge Street, Almonte
  5:15pm Meet and Greet and Refreshments
  6:00-9:00pm Community Consultation Session with OMA Representatives

This is an exciting time for the Museum and this community and all are welcome to attend.    Anyone who is interested in participating is invited to contact the North Lanark Regional Museum by calling 613-257-8503 or emailing Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com       Please RSVP by Monday, March 7th.




Call for items Event:   the Annual Heritage Dinner

The North Lanark Historical Society is holding its Annual Heritage Dinner on Friday, February 19th, 2016, at 7:00pm at the Almonte Legion.

As part of the event, a Silent Auction is offered with items collected from local businesses and community members. Does your business have a product, gift basket or gift card that you could donate? Do you have a special item, piece of art or gift that you could personally donate? We appreciate any donations for the Silent Auction and all businesses will be acknowledged at the event. Items can be dropped off at the North Lanark Regional Museum, 647 River Road in Appleton, from Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Thank you!

Tickets for the Annual Heritage Dinner are $30/person and are available for purchase at the Museum or at Baker Bob’s in Almonte.

This year's guest speaker will be Rick Roberts, of GlobalGenealogy.com    who will be presenting The Lanark Society Settlers, an Assisted Emigration Scheme. The Lanark Society Settlers' emigration from Scotland to Eastern Ontario in the early 1820s is a revealing example of the assisted immigration movement of the 19th century. Rick will examine the circumstances that pushed settlers to leave all that was familiar to them, and the factors that pulled them to settle in the wilds of north Lanark County..

For more information about donating to the Silent Auction or the Annual Heritage Dinner, please call:    613-257-8503
or email:    Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com




Scottish Tea

Event:   the Annual Scottish Tea


The North Lanark Regional Museum is pleased to announce the Annual Scottish Tea is back and better than ever!

Forget the winter chills, warm up with some friends, and celebrate the life of Robbie Burns with fresh scones, tea, coffee, and live music!

The event is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Almonte (100 Bridge St.) and will take place on Sunday, January 24th from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Tickets are $10/person and are available for purchase at the Museum, Baker Bob’s in Almonte, or the Legion.

All funds raised will go towards supporting the Museum!

For more information, please call 613-257-8503 or email: Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com

Hope to see you there!







Event: Speaker Series
Presenation:     WWI Soldiers from Lanark Township and Village

                          by Rob More
    2:00 pm
    Sunday November 8, 2015
    Location: North Lanark Regional Museum (647 River Rd, Appleton On)

    For further details, please see the Exhibits page.




Fourth Annual Genealogy Workshop  - 2015
Family Tree - Genealogy using Ancestry.ca
    Tuesday, Thursday & Friday           November 17, 19, 20
     2:00 - 4:00 pm


Shared DNA - DNA Testing for Genealogy
    Saturday                                           November 21
    9:30am - 12:00 noon

The format for 2015 will be the similar to 2014, except that participants will be able to use
       Ancestry.ca and work on their family trees at home on Wednesday Nov 18.

For further details and registration options, please see the 2015 Genealogy Workshop page.



Spooktacular

Event:   PA Day Camp: Spooktacular Adventures!


On Friday, October 30th, the North Lanark Regional Museum is hosting a Halloween PA Day Camp!

Called Spooktacular Adventures, this camp is jam-packed with Halloween fun! From making treats and painting pumpkins to learning about the history of All Hallows Eve, this is a day you won’t want to miss.

We invite the kids to wear their costumes to get excited for Halloween!

The camp is for ages 5-10 and will run from 9 am to 4 pm with early drop off and late pick up available.
It is $25 per child.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, please call 613-257-8503 or email: Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com







Mary Cook
Event:   Speaker Series

Join us at the North Lanark Regional Museum on Wednesday, October 21st, at 7:00 pm, for Memories with Mary Cook.

The third guest in our Fall Speaker Series, Mary Cook is a renowned Ottawa Valley author and broadcast-journalist.

A celebrated storyteller, she has been delighting Canadian audiences for years with her bittersweet memories of growing up on the family farm during the 1930s.

Mary Cook is the author of ten best-selling books, has won seven ACTRA Awards for excellence in broadcast-journalism, and can currently be heard every Saturday on Valley Heritage Radio.

Admission is by donation. Refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, please call 613-257-8503 or email: Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com







Event: Apple Pie Social Apple pie and classic cars.jpg
Sunday September 20, 2015


Back by popular demand, the North Lanark Regional Museum will be holding its Annual Apple Pie Fest on Sunday, September 20th. Featuring home-made apple pie and a Classic Car Show, it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Did you know that the charming village of Appleton was originally known as Apple Tree Falls in honour of the abundance of apple trees growing along the banks of the Mississippi River? Celebrate the village’s namesake by joining us for a slice of delicious apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Check out the classic cars and take a stroll through the Museum’s collection. There will be sittings at 1:00 and at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the Museum or at Baker Bob’s in Almonte. All funds raised will go towards the Museum Accessibility Project, future exhibitions, and overall visitor experience.

While you’re here, make sure to visit our new exhibition The Art and Artists of Photography. From antique cameras and tintypes to the work of local, contemporary photographers, the exhibition showcases the best of the Museum’s vast photography collection, to illuminate the medium’s history and inspire its viewers. Featuring the work of local photographers Alan Mirabelli, Lee Brebner, and Audrey Buckingham, the exhibition offers something for everyone to enjoy, from history buffs to art lovers alike!

Hope to see you there!

For more information, please call 613-257-8503.




              Raina Poster


Art and Artists of Photography

THE ART AND ARTISTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Join us for the grand opening of the North Lanark Regional Museum’s new exhibition, The Art and Artists of Photography, on Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm. From antique cameras and tintypes to the work of local, contemporary photographers,the exhibition showcases the best of the Museum’s vast photographic collection, to illuminate the medium’s history and inspire its viewers. Featuring the work of local photographers Alan Mirabelli, Lee Brebner, and Audrey Buckingham, the exhibition offers something for everyone to enjoy, from history buffs to art lovers alike!

Photographs by Mirabelli and Brebner are available for purchase if you find a favourite piece, as is Audrey Buckingham's book Ottawa Valley Turned Fence Posts: A Photographic Journey - a great gift for fans of local history or photography!

The Art and Artists of Photography is open until the end of September. Make sure to drop by and support your local Museum and your local artists!







2015 Strawberry Social

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SOCIAL

Back by popular demand, the Annual Strawberry Social will be held on Sunday, June 28th, 2015, at the North Lanark Regional Museum, from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Featuring live music courtesy of the Perth Citizens’ Band, it’s an event you don’t want to miss!

The Social is one of the largest fundraising events the Museum hosts, drawing visitors from all around Mississippi Mills and surrounding townships to enjoy an afternoon of shortcake made with fresh, locally grown strawberries. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $10 at the Museum and at Baker Bob’s in Almonte, or for $12 at the door. All funds raised will go towards the Museum Accessibility Project, future exhibitions, and overall visitor experience.

The Museum collections will be open to all Strawberry Social attendees and the general public. Make sure to stop by and see the final weekend of the Brydges Carvings exhibition. Featuring more than 60 carvings by Cecil and Shirley Brydges and a carved replica of the 50 Horse Hitch by the Lanark Woodworking Club, the exhibit showcases the Brydges’ skill, humour and passion for woodwork. From delicate maple teacups to animated toys, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!

Hope to see you there!










BRYDGES CARVING DISPLAY AND TALK
The Brydges carvings
As part of their speaker series, the North Lanark Historical Society will hold an exhibit and talk on carvings by Cecil and Shirley Brydges. The official launch of the exhibit will be held at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton on Sunday April 19th at 2:00pm. At that time, Cecil and Shirley's daughter, Dianna Brydges Lachappelle, will be in attendance to make a presentation about the collection.

The exhibit will feature more than 6o seldom-seen carvings belonging to Cecil and Shirley's family. Not only will the exhibit showcase Cecil's skill as a carver but also his "amazing sense of humour" and "great imagination" to quote Ms. Lachappelle. The Brydges' carvings on display at the Museum in Appleton will represent a wide range of items from maple teacups to animated toys, work horses to mystery boxes, offering a glimpse of a carver "with a perfect eye" for form, shape and replication.

The Brydges were dairy farmers who lived on the 12th line of Ramsay. Cecil started carving when he gave up milking in 1985 and became one of the founders of the Lanark Woodworking Club. The group displayed their works at the Almonte Fairs and was commissioned to make the commemorative "walking sticks" for the International Plowing Match 2003 hosted by Carleton Place. The Club's most famous collective piece is a carved replica of the world-record breaking “50 Horse hitch” of Clydesdales which highlighted the 50th year of the Navan Fair on August 13, 1995. This 16 foot long carving will be on display as part of the exhibit. The local carvers who made the 50 Horse Hitch were Cecil Brydges, Joan Campbell, Archie Cameron, Skip Walker, Harry MacDonald, Gordon Brydges, Ross Harrison, J.C. Hubert, Charlie Heslop, and Forley Wells. We are pleased to have the loan of this item which has previously been on display at the Canadian National Exhibit and the Calgary Stampede.

For more information, please contact the museum at 613-257-8503.





Event: Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker
Date: Wednesday June 3, 2015
Location: North Lanark Regional Museum (647 River Rd, Appleton On)
Notes: details to follow



AA - 2013.10.2 Collie Mill - Spring 1939 (400x273)
Event: Speaker Series:   Memories of Appleton
Date: Sunday March 22, 2015
Time: 2:00pm
Location: North Lanark Regional Museum (647 River Rd, Appleton On)

The presentation will be given by Appleton’s very own Eleanor Wright. Eleanor will be presenting her “Memories of Appleton” with photos, stories and lots of humor.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your local history. Meet some neighbours and check out the latest exhibits at the museum.

The presentation is open to everyone. Please arrive early, the last time Eleanor spoke we had a full house!

For more information please contact Sarah at 613-257-8503.

Photo – Collie Woollen Mill in Appleton Ontario (NLRM 2013.10.2)

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.



Appleton on Ice

Mark your calendars for some fishing fun!

Appleton on Ice is taking place on March 14, 2015 from 11:30am to 2:30pm. This is a community and family friendly event where guests can enjoy ice fishing, a barbecue lunch, music and a bonfire.

Those interested in fishing will need to bring an ice fishing rod and a fishing licence (depending on age). Bait will be provided and we are encouraging a catch and release policy. We will be taking photos of the fish before they are released and prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, the smallest fish and the ugliest fish caught. Rumour has it that the perch, sunfish and pickerel are all hungry this time of year!

The BBQ lunch will include hotdogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. The bonfire and music are a great option for those more interested in the socializing than the fishing! Guests are encouraged to bring their own launch chairs and to dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets please call:
Doreen at 613-256-2866, the Museum at 613-257-8503 or David at 613-253-5321.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event please call David Thomson at 613-253-5321 for more information.

This event is being organized by David Thomson and all profits will go towards the North Lanark Regional Museum for the Museum Accessibility Project. Thank you David!



Guests browsing the Silent Auction Table at the 2014 Heritage Dinner (400x268)
Event: Annual Heritage Dinner and Trillium Recognition Event
Date: Friday February 20, 2015
Location: Almonte Legion (100 Bridge St. Almonte, On)
Notes: Tickets $30.00 (in advance)


Photo – Guests browsing the Silent Auction Table at the 2014 Heritage Dinner












Guests enjoy the 2014 Scottish Tea
Event: Scottish Tea
Date: Sunday January 25, 2015
Location: North Lanark Regional Museum (647 River Rd, Appleton On)
Notes: Tickets $8.00


Photo – Guests enjoy the 2014 Scottish Tea















SANTA'S CHRISTMAS PARTY

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.


Genealogy Workshop
- Genealogy using Ancestry.ca
    November 12 - 14   Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
    2:00 - 4:00 pm
- DNA Testing for Genealogy
    November 15          Saturday
    9:30am - 12:00 noon
For further details and registration options, please see the 2014 Genealogy Workshop page.


Exhibit Launch  &  Fall Speaker Series #2      "The Lost Generation"
Sunday Nov 2, 2014
2:00 to 4:00 pm.
WWI Casualties - Brian Tackaberry

Fall Speaker Series #1      "The Lost Villages"
Wednesday Oct 15, 2014
Museum open 6:00 pm.
Speaker 7:00 pm
Speaker: Jennifer DeBruin
Jennifer DeBruin

Apple Pie Social
September 28, 2014
1:30 to 4:00pm
Event features apple pie, ice cream, tea & coffee. Tickets $10.00



Museum Summer Hours
May 12 to Sept. 1, 2014
Open Daily
10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission by Donation. Suggested minimum $3.00/person
For genealogy or research requests please call in advance 613-257-8503 or email :  appletonmuseum@hotmail.com.


Museum Adventures Camp
August 18 to 22, 2014
9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages 5-10
$100 per week
Please call 613-257-8503 to register.


WW I Book Launch
WWI Book Launch


Strawberry Social
Guests at 2013 Strawberry Social
The North Lanark Regional Museum is holding its annual Strawberry Social fundraiser on Sunday, June 22 from 2:00-4:00pm. Tea and coffee will be served all afternoon, with strawberry shortcake prepared and served by our friendly volunteers and staff. Entertainment for the day is provided courtesy of the talented Perth Citizens band, led by Brian Tackaberry. Tickets are $10 a person, which are now on sale at the North Lanark Regional Museum. The museum would like to thank Almonte’s Equators Coffee Roasters, who have generously donated a supply of delicious coffee for patrons to enjoy with their shortcake. If you would like to attend the Strawberry Social, please buy your tickets in advance as space is limited.

Ticket holders and other visitors are welcome to view the museum’s multiple exhibits during the day. Our newest display, “Toys and Games of Mississippi Mills”, focuses on historic toys lent to the museum by locals and well-known collectors in the area. Other exhibits include our Pioneer Log Cabin, which contains items dating back to Canada’s early days of settlement and are arranged to mirror life in the 1850s.

Money collected from admissions will go towards future exhibits, providing greater accessibility, and improving the overall visitor experience.
For more information, please call 613-257-8503, or e-mail us at: :  appletonmuseum@hotmail.com.



Museum Adventures Camp
July 7 to 11, 2014
9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages 5-10
$100 per week
Please call 613-257-8503 to register.

NLHS Annual General Meeting & Guest Speaker
July 9, 2014
7:00pm
A brief business meeting (elections, minutes, Trillium update) will be followed by an entertaining history lecture. Guest speaker TBD.

Garage Sale
May 10, 2014
9:00am to 12:00pm
The North Lanark Historical Society is hosting a garage sale to raise funds for the upcoming year.

Exhibit Launch: Toys and Games of Mississippi Mills
May 24, 2014
2:00 to 4:00pm
What was your favorite toy growing up? Come and explore toys and games from your childhood. The exhibit launch will also include a small presentation on the Trillium Project.

First Settlers Historical Artifact Return
June 5, 2014
9:00am to 2:00pm
A Lanark County Genealogical Society event starting at 9:00am at the North Lanark Regional Museum where you can view the porridge pot brought to Canada by the MacDonald Family from Scotland. Historic Bus Tour starting at 10:15am and Lunch at Almonte Unite Church 12:30pm. Bus Tour $20 Lunch Tickets $10. Please call for more details.


Almonte Train Wreck Presentation

Almonte Train Wreck-Presentation to Goulbourn (387x500)



Heritage Dinner 2014
Heritage Dinner 2014Please mark your calendars!
The North Lanark Historical Society is having its Annual Heritage Dinner & Silent Auction.

When?    February 21, 2014

Where?   Royal Canadian Legion, 100 Bridge St., Almonte

What Time?    6:00pm Cash Bar    7:00pm Dinner    7:30pm Guest Speaker

How much?    Tickets $25.00      Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at:
   Baker Bob’s, 73 Little Bridge St., Almonte
   Doreen Wilson – 256-2866
   Jennifer Armstrong – 253-8638

Is there entertainment?
Yes! Our guest speaker is Shelley McPhail who will be speaking on “A Passion for Agriculture”

Silent Auction?    Gift cards, local photos, dishes and so much more

Are you a generous individual/business? Please consider donated a special treasure from your home, a voucher for your business or something wonderful for our silent auction.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Thank you, Directors of the North Lanark Historical Society




Apple Pie Social 2013



  SCOTTISH TEA

Join us at the North Lanark Regional Museum in Appleton on Sunday January 19th 2014 for our annual Scottish Tea. Enjoy light refreshments of tea, coffee, scones, and shortbread with musical entertainment provided by Moe Aller on the Bagpipes and Larry Lunny on the Keyboard. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. The event starts at 2:00pm and runs to 4:00pm.

A great chance to catch up with old friends and neighbours, or to have a visit with family.

This event supports the fundraising efforts of the North Lanark Regional Museum and the North Lanark Historical Society which are devoted to collecting, preserving, researching, educating about and displaying the history of Mississippi Mills.

For more details call Sarah (Project Coordinator) at 613-257-8503 or appletonmuseum@hotmail.com.
Or contact Doreen (Museum Manager) at 613-256-2866.













Genealogy Workshop 2013
Family Tree cM & Segments
        The North Lanark Historical Society will be hosting a genealogy workshop, including DNA testing, on:
            Wed, Thurs & Fri evenings, and Sat morning ,     Nov 13 to 16, 2013     at the Museum
         To view the details of contents and format, see the 2013 Genealogy Workshop page.





Teskey Mills Photos & Stories: The Mills of Appleton

Do you have photos of the old woollen mill in Appleton or a blanket from the mill?

The North Lanark Regional Museum is pleased to announce that we are creating a virtual exhibit on the Mills & History of Appleton.

In order to fully realize this project we need community support and involvement. We are looking for community members to loan or donate photos/documents/artefacts related to the Mills of Appleton and for former employees who are willing to share their experiences at the Mills.

The museum has received funding from the Virtual Museum of Canada to produce a Community Memories Virtual Exhibit. The exhibit will focus on the history of Appleton and the important role the mills played in the growth of the village.

Sitting on the powerful Mississippi River, the village of Appleton was once host to several mills including a: sawmill, gristmill, carding mill and woollen mill. Perhaps the most well-known are the woollen mills. First constructed in 1862 by Robert Teskey the Mississippi Woollen Mills were operated by the Teskey family until about 1900 when the Caldwell family from Lanark took over. The Caldwell Mills operated during the early 20th century until William Collie purchased the mill in 1937. The Collie Woollen Mills were a major source of employment in the area and operated, off and on until 1992.

To donate or loan items from the virtual exhibit, or to share your story please contact Sarah at the museum.




OFFICIAL OPENING OF MILITARY EXHIBIT
November 3, 2013


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. The second undertaking of 2012 is an oral history project. Museum volunteers will be conducting oral interviews of community members in Mississippi Mills and the surrounding areas. These videotaped interviews will help preserve the history and heritage of the North Lanark region.

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





Apple Pie Social 2013



  APPLE PIE SOCIAL

September 29, Sittings at 1:30pm and 3:00pm

We are hosting our Second Annual Apple Pie Social.

Slices of homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream, tea and coffee will be served to visitors for the low price of $5.00.

The pies will be served at two sittings. 1:30 and 3:00pm.

Please purchase your tickets in advance by calling:
 - Eleanor Wright 613-257-3991
 - Jennifer Armstrong 613-253-8638
 - Doreen Wilson 613-256-2866
 - Museum (Sarah) 613-257-8503

Please bring your family and friends out for a great afternoon!













Virtual Exhibit Launch



  VIRTUAL EXHIBIT LAUNCH

The North Lanark Historical Society is launching its virtual exhibit:
The Mills of Appleton
July 24, 2013
7pm
104 Old Mill Lane Appleton, On


Come join us at the historic Robert Teskey home for this community gathering. Enjoy finger foods and refreshments while browsing our virtual exhibit showcasing the history of Appleton. All community members are welcome!

Special thanks to Julie Odin and Gary Lamers for hosting the event!














MUSEUM ADVENTURES CAMP!
Summer Camp 1: July 8 to 12, 2013
Summer Camp 2: August 12 to 16, 2013
For details and registration, please refer to our Summer Camp web page




Strawberry Social 2013





  STRAWBERRY SOCIAL AT THE MUSEUM

  Sunday June 23rd, 2013
  1:30 to 4:00 pm

  Guests will be served fresh strawberries, whipped cream and shortcake.

  Entertainment by the Perth Citizens Band

  Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the museum in Appleton
    or from Baker Bob's in Almonte.


















NORTH LANARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday June 5, 7:00 pm
There will be a vote on proposed ammendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.
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Click 2013 to review the proposed revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws image description  

The highlight of the meeting will be our guest Speaker - John McKenty
       speaking on:     "A History of the CCM Bicycle"





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     DIGITALLY PRESERVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE

You are invited to the launch of "Digitally Preserving the Past for the Future" at the North Lanark Regional Museum

Sunday May 19, 2013
2:00 to 4:00pm

We are celebrating our successful 2012 project “Digitally Preserving the Past for the Future." The afternoon will feature a video presentation of artefacts, photos and oral histories collected in 2012.

This project was made possible thanks to the 2011-2012 Museums & Technology Fund Grant funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

We hope you can make it!

















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ARBOUR WEEK IN MISSISSIPPI MILLS

Film Night: Mon, April 22, 7 pm
Location: North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton)
Admission: Free of charge, there will be a donation jar for the museum.

Films:
The Man Who Planted Trees: an animated 25 minute video - the inspiration for many who envision a world that treasures the value of trees.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathi - a documentary of Wangari Maathi, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize. Her courageous journey with the Green Belt Movement, resulting in the planting of over 40 million trees in Kenya.













ANNUAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY HERITAGE DINNER

On Friday February 15th, 2013 the Historical Society is hosting its annual Heritage Dinner at the Almonte Legion.

Guests will enjoy a scrumptious roast beef dinner and will have the chance to bid on a variety of local goods and services in our silent auction.

The guest speaker will be Almonte Architect Peter Mansfield, who will be speaking about "Heritage: Good Neighbours"

The evening will also include Architectural Awards by the Mississippi Mills Heritage Committee.

Social hour at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm

Tickets for the dinner are $25.00 and can be purchased in advance from:
- Baker Bob's     73 Little Bridge St, Almonte
- Doreen Wilson           (613) 256-2866
- Jennifer Armstrong    (613) 253-8638
- Appleton Museum     (613) 257-8503




Scottish Tea 2013
ANNUAL SCOTTISH TEA

On Sunday January 20, 2013 the Historical Society is having its annual Scottish Tea at the North Lanark Regional Museum.

Music and entertainment will be provided by Martin Aller and Larry Lunney.

Guests will enjoy fresh scones with cream and jam as well as Tea and Coffee.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.


















Almonte Train Wreck 1942 ALMONTE TRAIN WRECK MEMORIAL
Thursday Dec 20th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Location: At the train wreck memorial, corner of Bridge and Mill Streets, opposite the HUB

December 27, 2012 Marks the 70Th Anniversary of the Almonte Train Crash

One of the worst train accidents in Canadian history occurred in Almonte on December 27th, 1942. A special train carrying Canadian soldiers for overseas service struck the rear of a stationary train crowded with holiday passengers, demolishing the three rear coaches. The number known to have died was 39 and more than 150 were injured.

The North Lanark Historical Society and the Town of Mississippi Mills invite you to join us the evening of December 20th, as we honour the victims and those who came to their rescue.

Guests will meet at the memorial site (corner of Mills St. and Bridge St. in Almonte) at 7:00PM. The evening will begin with a few words, a performance of Mac Beatty’s ‘Train Wreck at Almonte’ song by a local musician followed by a special candle lighting tribute. After the lighting guests are invited to join us in the Almonte Old Town Hall Auditorium for a reception and performance by a team of professional storytellers.

Ruth Stewart-Verger & Donna Stewart, will use a combination of research and first-hand information to tell their story of the Almonte Train Crash of 1942.

For more information please contact Tiffany MacLaren 613-256-1077 or Doreen Wilson 613-256-2866.


GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
The North Lanark Historical Society hosted a genealogy workshop on:
    Wed, Thurs & Fri,     Nov 21, 22 & 23, 2012     from 2 to 4 pm     at the Museum
For more information, please refer to our  Genealogy Workshop page


OPENING OF THE MILITARY DISPLAY
Presentation by Ross Bounsall on the history of the 42nd Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment

Sunday November 4th, 2012
2:00 pm


Tupperware Party Fundraiser at the Museum
Wednesday October 10th, 2012
7:00pm

Apple Pie Social 2012
Apple Pie Social

On Sunday, September 30th, 2012 the museum hosted an apple pie social to recognize the community and local history of Appleton, or as it was originally known, Apple Tree Falls.

The aim was to bring together Appleton community members for an afternoon of celebration; bring your family and friends and share in the wonderful heritage of our area. Apple pie, tea, and coffee were served. Tickets were on sale for $5 at the museum (613-257-8503) or from the following members of the executive:

Eleanor Wright (257-3991)
Jennifer Armstrong (253-8638)
Doreen Wilson (256-2866)
We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here for a printable pdf copy of our Apple Pie Social poster











Columbia River Controversy


Wednesday September 12th 2012
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

There will be a presentation by Gordon MacNabb (a former resident of Appleton) on his life long involvement in the Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the U.S.A. Gordon is a well respected local resident who was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Please come out to hear a talk on this interesting topic.

Click here for a printable pdf copy of Columbia River Controversy poster




Sept 8 & 9,  2012       Doors Open Mississippi Mills and Fibrefest
Doors Open
On the weekend of September 8th, the North Lanark Regional Museum will be taking part in “Doors Open: Mississippi Mills”, an event featuring 17 locations across Almonte, Pakenham and Ramsay.    The museum will be highlighting the 200th Anniversary of the start of the War of 1812.

During this conflict, several militia groups were set up in Canada for our defence. At the end of the War, veterans of both the British and Canadian brigades received land grants for their service. Many of those veterans ended up settling with their families in the Ottawa and Rideau region.

Our pioneer log cabin, which will be open as part of the Doors Open display, shows the living conditions typical of those early soldiers and pioneer families in the nineteenth century. In addition, we will have two re-enactors representing the Canadian Fencibles from the War of 1812 period on the grounds near the log cabin. The Canadian Fencibles is made up of people dedicated to the memory of the original regiment and to accurately portraying their uniforms, equipment, drills and lifestyle in the period. Brad Mills from Perth, and Paul Cox from Prescott, have been involved with the hobby of re-enacting for over 10 years.

The original Fencibles unit was raised in 1812 from men across eastern Ontario, and played a significant role in two key battles: Crysler’s Farm and Chateauguay. Currently the re-enactors participate in a variety of different events annually from full encampments with other recreated units at major historical sites to local events. In the past, they have travelled to New Orleans, the Citadel in Halifax, Fort Erie, Crysler’s Farm, Stoney Creek, and Ogdensburg, NY. For more information on the Canadian Fencibles, you may visit their website at http://fencibles.ca.





Canadian Fencibles


On Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th the Museum is also participating in the 17th Annual Fibrefest with our brand new exhibit “Fibres of Canadian History”, featuring textile works from Lanark County past.

Further information about Doors Open events taking place in the Mississippi Mills area:
http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Mississippi-Mills-Carleton-Place.aspx
More information about Doors Open Ontario can be found here:  http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

Click here for a printable pdf copy of our Doors Open poster




Sept 5th       Lanark County Genealogy Society meeting at the museum.
There will be a presentation, museum tours, and refreshments.



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July 9-13,  2012      Museum Adventures Camp!

This summer the North Lanark Regional Museum will be hosting a Museum Adventures Camp!

The camp will be held from July 9th-13th and is open to children age 5-9.

Themes for the week include Pioneer Challenges, Disney Magic, Pirate Quests, Christmas Music and Drama, and Underwater Fun.

The staff are busy planning and preparing for this fun-filled week, and are very excited!

For more information call us at:
613-257-8503


Click here for a printable pdf copy of our Museum Adventures Camp poster













New Summer Students!
The North Lanark Regional Museum hired four students this summer. The students worked along with a supervisor and the museum executives to help bring out the full potential of the museum. As part of their employment, students worked with museum software to catalogue and digitize the artefacts in the museum collection, as well as organized a week long day camp, put together and installed a new exhibit, lead guided tours, and much more.


First half of year 2012
Sun Jun 24 at 1:30 pmStrawberry Social at the Museum
 
Sun May 20Opening of the museum for 2012.
 
Fri Feb 17 at 6:00 pmAnnual Heritage Dinner
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240, Almonte
Brian Gallagher, Speaker
 
Sun Jan 22 at 2:00 pmAnnual Scottish Tea at the Museum
Martin Aller, Piper
Susan Hudder, Singer