Miners’ Museum looking for people who’d like to step back in time
Here’s a chance for people to not only help a good cause but to step back in time.
Wayne MacDonald, volunteer coordinator at the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum, said they are recruiting volunteers for their new season that runs May 28 to mid-October.
MacDonald said as of right now they have about 17 volunteers, which include ones they had in the past as well as some new ones who signed up.
He said they’d like to have 40-50.
“They would be working the company store and the company house,” he said.
“They would take visitors through on tours and provide information including what life was like for miners and their families back from about 1920-50 and even earlier.”
He said volunteers would show the different items that were in the homes at that time as well as in the company store.
He said they have volunteers whose parents lived through the time of the mining strike.
“One gentleman here his father looked after the ponies, was a pony boy.”
He said they’d also talk about the devastating history of the British Empire Steel Corp. who owned the company store.
“To explain how the miners didn’t have any choice they had to purchase everything
from the company store and that the company houses were owned by the corporation as well. “
However, MacDonald said they will provide all the information volunteers need in easy-to-follow handouts that break the history down.
“It will all be provided to them at their disposal to be used,” he said. “They can even have it with them when they are doing it if they like.”
MacDonald said there are three shifts a day for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. He said volunteers can work as many shifts they want a week or work one a week.
“It’s up to them. Whatever they want to do we’d be more than happy to have them.”
He said as well as learning more about the history and heritage of where they are from, it’s interesting meeting people from all over the world.
“We get people from Germany, Australia all over Europe, everywhere. We recently had a large group from Israel.”
Anyone who’d like to sign up to volunteer or would like more information can call Wayne MacDonald at the museum at 902-849-8195.