Many changes at Colby-cur­tis Mu­seum

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The Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum will be inau­gu­rat­ing the beau­ti­fully re­built so­lar­ium of Car­roll­croft with a Mother’s Day Tea on Sun­day af­ter­noon, May 12th. The orig­i­nal and much smaller so­lar­ium, which was in poor con­di­tion, was de­mol­ished last Septem­ber and a

new one was con­structed over the win­ter thanks to a gen­er­ous $230,000 do­na­tion from an anony­mous donor. The new so­lar­ium seats 56 peo­ple and, with its in­su­lated walls and triple-glazed win­dows, will be us­able dur­ing the win­ter months. There is also a base­ment to the new so­lar­ium where the ar­chives col­lec­tion will be re­lo­cated.

“We’ll be able to hold our lec­tures here now in­stead of in the hall of the Angli­can Church. The so­lar­ium will also be avail­able for rental for meet­ings, wed­dings, show­ers or other events,” ex­plained Jeanne d’Arc Clow­ery, the mu­seum’s Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary. Dur­ing the mu­seum’s busiest months, from around June 20th un­til Labour Day, the so­lar­ium will be open ev­ery af­ter­noon as a Tea Room to serve tea, cof­fee and other re­fresh­ments like home-made scones, jam and Devon­shire Cream. “Peo­ple come all the way from Mon­treal for those scones!” added Ms. Clow­ery.

The Mother’s Day Tea will be a sump­tu­ous af­fair and reser­va­tions are re­quired. The tra­di­tional menu will in­clude cu­cum­ber and egg sand­wiches, smoked salmon rolls, scones and clot­ted cream, cook­ies and cakes.

Other news from the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum is the an­nounce­ment that Pierre Ras­toul is no longer the Di­rec­tor al­though he has been re­tained on con­tract to de­velop the sum­mer exhibitions. “We have be­gun look­ing for a new di­rec­tor and hope to find one this sum­mer,” com­mented Harry Is­brucker who is act­ing as the In­terim Di­rec­tor for the fourth time. The mu­seum is presently fundrais­ing to ex­pand its col­lec­tion of dig­i­tal copies of The Stanstead Jour­nal. A ma­jor source of in­for­ma­tion to re­searchers, the mu­seum has dig­i­tal copies of the news­pa­per from its first is­sue in 1845 up un­til 1976. When bought one year at a time, the dig­i­tal copies cost $250 per year, but when bought in a ten year block, the cost is re­duced to $100 per year. “Our aim is to raise $1000 so we can buy ten years; we re­ally want to bring our dig­i­tal copies up to date,” said the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary.

Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid, an avid coin col­lec­tor, will be the guest speaker at this year’s An­nual Meet­ing of the Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on June 8th. Coins from his pri­vate col­lec­tion will be pre­sented in a sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion at the mu­seum. The So­ci­ety’s spring ex­cur­sion will take mem­bers and friends to Burlington, Ver­mont, on June 14th. “This time we’ll visit the Ire­land House, the Joseph Brand Mu­seum and take a cruise on Lake Cham­plain.”

The Stanstead Farmer’s Mar­ket is mov­ing from the grounds of Stanstead Col­lege to the grounds be­side Car­roll­croft this sum­mer. “We’re very happy about that. It’s held on Sun­days and our mu­seum is open on Sun­days.” And don’t for- get to watch for the Col­byCur­tis Mu­seum’s float, ap­pear­ing for the first time in the Border­Fest pa­rade in July, thanks to the so­lar­ium’s con­trac­tor, Claude Fran­coeur, who will pro­vide the base for the float.

For so­lar­ium rentals or reser­va­tions for the Mother’s Day Tea, call the mu­seum at 819 876-7322.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

The Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum’s new so­lar­ium will be fin­ished in time for a sump­tu­ous Mother’s Day Tea on May 12th.

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