“What’s the oldest thing in your collection?” asks a student during every high school research trip to the archives. It’s the question that weighs on a lot of historically minded people when they step into our space. The answer may be different today than it will be tomorrow. Don’t be mad that if you ask this question, my answer will always ride along with the caveat, TODAY, we believe the oldest item to be…
Two of our museum staff recently had an article they co-authored featured in MAIGazine - the Newsletter of the AAO's Municipal Archives Interest Group. Amber Meyer Dunn and Lisa Lawlis - developed The History We Wrote program for students to link their own past to what they were learning in school.
You can find the article on page 14 here:
As the doors close on another summer, I look back and am grateful for another successful season at the Allan Macpherson House. August flew by, highlighted by Driftwood Theatre, Paper Making and an end of summer Ice Cream Social. Thank you to all of the guests, new faces and regulars, who made a trip to the Macpherson House a part of your summer story. Although afternoons at our beautiful historical home are over for the year, the new season of programming at the Museum is just about to kick off!
Working at the museum this summer has been a wealth of experiences that have given me new perspectives, and a broader knowledge of collections work. It has both complimented and advanced what I have learned in my post-secondary, museum studies, education. The best thing I can say about this job as a collection assistant is that it is always interesting! I have loved getting to dig deep into an artifact’s history. Who made it? Who owned it? Why is it relevant to us in the County of Lennox and Addington today?
What a summer it has been! One of my goals for this summer was to process and preserve archival records that were in need of some conservation attention. The first project that caught my eye was a large box of seventy-two daguerreotype, ambrotype and tintype photographs that were donated to the Archives in the early 1970’s. The small photographs range in date from the 1840 – 1870’s and require secure storage due to the original casing of each photograph.
This summer has been filled with activities for those who love history, science, arts, music, whimsy, nature and those who love to learn! It is no wonder this summer is flying by, we have been a busy spot here at the Macpherson House & Museum. From theatre programs and live concerts with Juno award winning musicians to pottery making and fairy gardens, we have seen lots of excited faces through our doors. We also had a special afternoon tea for the residents of the JMPC, with Barry Lovegrove performing in the gardens.
It’s been roughly eight weeks since I returned to the L&A County Museum and Archives after an extended maternity leave, and while I’m not a new face around here, thought it useful to highlight how I got here and what I do.
I spend a great deal of my summer time at the family cottage near Rideau Ferry, outside Perth. It is a place that is in the bloodstream of my husband and now my children. So much so, that by March, I am often asked – “Mom when are we heading to the cottage?”... this is while they are still looking at snow on the ground. You can imagine once May hits that they are practically tucking and rolling their way out of the car when we pull into the cottage drive. We are lucky and we have fun all summer long.
The Allan Macpherson House & Park, standing proudly along the banks of the Napanee River at 180 Elizabeth Street in Napanee, opens for another busy summer season on July 2nd. Built circa 1826, this grand old home is offering a jam packed schedule of events and activities in 2019.
During the off-season, Napanee’s picturesque historical home sits still and calm, holding the memories of the Macpherson family and early Napanee. After months of planning and preparation, we are ready to open its doors to the public again on July 2nd for a fun filled summer. The beautiful garden and parkland is the perfect spot to escape the busyness of life and take a step back in time. The house is open Wednesday afternoons for tours, and special events are offered Tuesdays to Thursdays from 1:00-4:00pm.