Min­ers’ Mu­seum look­ing for peo­ple who’d like to step back in time

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­g­mery@cb­post.com

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.


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