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!  

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September at the Museum is like the start of the new year for us. An exciting time with new programs, themes, an impending excitement for the change of leaves and the upcoming season (I will not say the word yet but just wait to see what we have in store for our December line up). Starting us off in September, Janice Nickerson will be hosting an Archives workshop on early Ontario research and genealogy. Fiona Graham joins us in September as well, giving advice on how to take care of your heirlooms. Local folk musician and award winning guitar player Erick Turnbull kicks off our fall season of LIVE at the Museum in September. The fall season also means a new collection of artists for our Museum Kids program starting in October with Sparkbox Studios and Wynn’s Apple Orchard celebrating the harvest season, making Apple Printed Bags. Our November program will be a kid’s workshop on Indigenous Beaded Poppy’s with hosts Tina and Joy Brant. Dates, times and program descriptions can be found on Facebook or on our website.

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As we are starting our new year, so are all of those excited kiddo’s (and parents) who are counting down the days to head back to the classroom. I know my kids are excited to get back into the routine of school, music lessons and of course hockey. Back to school also means our new School Program guide is about to launch with so many opportunities for students from K-12 to visit the Museum and Archives!  We have changed up our school programs this year with an addition of new programs linked to the curriculum and all inspiring our students to get excited about history! If you are a teacher, or know someone who is, you can find our School Program guide on our website under Teacher Resources. The first available school program coincides with our fall traveling exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today.

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Photo collection of the Anne Frank Stichting (Amsterdam)

The exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today, coming from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, will be on display at the Museum for six weeks this fall. For the duration of the exhibit, all of our adult programs and school programs will be themed around Anne Frank. The exhibit opening will be October’s Tuesday Night at the Museum, where we will welcome Holocaust survivor Jochebed Katan, who will share her story and connection to the Anne Frank exhibit. For the November Tuesday Night at the Museum, Dr. Judith Cohen a York University Professor in ethnomusicology, will give a cultural and musical history of Sephardic Jews presented with pictures and through a live concert. Our LIVE at the Museum performance in October will be John David William’s Klezmer Quartet coming all the way from Toronto.  For school trips, or special group visits, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or to book your preferred time.  

Happy Fall everyone! I look forward to seeing you at the Museum throughout the season.