Middleville Museum to Re-open on Sept. 5 - theHumm September 2020
Middleville Museum to Re-open on Sept. 5 - theHumm September 2020
The Middleville and District Museum (located at 2130 Concession 6D in Middleville) will once again be welcoming visitors starting on Saturday, September 5. They’ll be open from 12–4pm that whole weekend, including Labour Day Monday. For the abbreviated 2020 season entry will be by voluntary donation, and the Museum will be open every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday, or by appointment, through Thanksgiving weekend. Please note that masks will be mandatory in the museum; they will also be collecting visitor information for contact-tracing purposes as required by the Health Board.So with that out of the way, what’s new at the Museum?
Let’s start with this: previous Museum visitors are familiar with the outdoor “facilities” that have been available up to now. They will be happy to know that the Museum now boasts a modern accessible washroom (and please note, all surfaces will be sanitized after each use). The Museum was given a grant by the Trillium Foundation and the amount was seriously stretched by Mike Sobol (who acted as a volunteer project manager), by lots of people who scraped and hammered and painted, and by many more who contributed materials and supplies.
As for the Museum displays and programs, they are in the process of going “high-tech”. Everything may not be fine-tuned on the first weekend, but visitors will soon be able to see videos of old-timers telling stories of earlier days in Middleville, and to make use of recorded information about Museum displays. People will also be able to see the Museum’s extensive local family history archive in detailed digital format.
Of course, all the wonderful local history collections are available, though there will be signage reminding you that, due to COVID, exhibits are not to be touched. The displays include examples of domestic life in pioneer days, the development of local commerce, farm life, pre-modern medicine, community entertainment and the changing forms of transportation. All in all, a visit to the museum lets you imagine all the details of what day-to-day life was like for our ancestors.
They look forward to seeing you, and hope to be opening for a full season in May of 2021. For more information please visit middlevillemuseum.org , call 259–5462 or email email@example.com .
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