Keil­lor House Mu­seum cel­e­brates 50th year

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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