Ottawa House wants present generation to champion history in the future
The Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, more commonly known for it’s Ottawa House By-The-Sea Museum, is at the top of its game.
Strong, visionary leadership, rigorous support from staff and volunteers, and government funding have launched it toward a more illustrious future in all regards but one.
For what is a legacy without heirs? The society is seeking to address this deficit, to generate in the youth of the community an interest in local history and a sense of shared ownership of our unique local heritage, so that the important stories of the past are not lost. And it is enlisting the very best support for this endeavour: young volunteers.
The society is looking for a wider range of activities and projects that will appeal to a younger set of members. There is now a group of young people who have come together to share ideas, organize events and learn more about the importance of the Parrsborough Shore at the “crossroads of history.” Trinity Bennett, Audrey Allen, Katie Fife and Sky Yorke have a keen interest in history and have become Founding Members of the Youth Section. Their enthusiasm and creativity will greatly enhance the activities of the Historical Society.
This small volunteer team is already creating lists of exciting ways to bring history to the community. Among their ideas are activities like story writing contests, historic fairs, blending art and history, and participation with the Ottawa House in Old Home Week. The first project to be tackled will be an expose on haunted houses along the shore. The Youth Section will be interviewing home owners and researching ghost stories. Their findings will be used not only as a learning opportunity but also as a fun and educational resource for the community. Do you have any stories of spirits hovering in the attic?
Activities such as these will provide an avenue to build self confidence and practise team work. Young people, coming together to share a common passion and bring ideas from a variety of perspectives, will help the Historic Society grow and sustain itself into the future. The Youth Section wants to add more members all along the Parrsborough Shore. Inquiries can be made to Rosemary Rowntree by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PSHS manages and owns hundreds of artefacts, archives and genealogy records. It has something for everyone – young or old.
When time travellers Kerwin Davison and Susan Clarke, from Ottawa House Museum, dropped into Wright’s Pharmacy in Parrsboro, they stopped to chat with Audrey Allen, one of a group of youth keen to undertake historical initiatives.