Search your at­tics for up­com­ing Colby-Curtis Ex­hi­bi­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

TheColby-Curtis Mu­seum will be putting the spot­light on the his­tory of lo­cal coun­try fairs in an up­com­ing sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled The County Fair: Agri­cul­tural Im­prove­ment and Popular Cul­ture in Stanstead County. The ex­hibit will fo­cus on, among other as­pects, the in­volve­ment of lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers in the con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity and suc­cess of the Stanstead County Fair, known to­day as the Ayer’s Cliff Fair. “Ini­tially, they used to ro­tate the lo­ca­tion of the Stanstead County Fair,” com­mented Chloe Southam, the mu­seum’s Direc­tor and Cu­ra­tor.

For this sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion, the Stanstead His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is look­ing for pho­to­graphs, doc­u­ments or other arte­facts such as fair rib­bons, posters, prizes and ob­jects that were en­tered in the fair, such as a prize quilt. The items would need to be re­ceived by the mu­seum be­fore the end of May and would be re­turned at the end of the three-month long ex­hibit. Any­one with pho­tos or doc­u­ments should con­tact Kathy Curtis, and peo­ple with arte­facts or ob­jects can ask to speak with Pa­trick Le­brun, both at the Mu­seum at 819 876-7322.

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