Keillor House Museum celebrates 50th year
With all the hype surrounding Canada 150 Celebrations, one community museum is remembering the last 50 years with pride. Keillor House Museum, located at 4974 Main St. in historic Dorchester, opened for the first time in 1967 – exactly 50 years ago.
“The creation of the museum was the result of a Canadian Centennial Project,” says Donald Alward, the newly hired curator and manager for Keillor House Museum, “Now, 50 years later, here we are, still going strong.” The museum will celebrate its golden anniversary with the opening ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 10, at
11 a.m. The event will take place outside on the front lawn of the museum where the public is welcome to join in the festivities.
“Since it is traditional for our museum staff to be costumed as the hired staff of the house and this is the first time the museum has someone in a position like mine,” Alward says, “I have decided to take on the persona of John Keillor himself, the master of the house, and be in costume, too.”
Alward will be on hand to present a history of the museum during the opening. An official ribbon cutting will follow the brief presentation and then everyone will be invited to step inside for a reception and to visit the museum.
“The annual opening of the Keillor House Museum is a keystone event that takes place during Dorchester’s Shiretown Days Festival,” adds Alice Folkins, activities co-ordinator for Westmorland Historical Society, the governing body of Keillor House Museum, St. James Textile Museum and other historic properties in the village of Dorchester.