Borers and ‘big cheese’ await at Pioneer Museum
Bung hole borers and a “big cheese” are some of the attractions at Dunvegan’s Glengarry Pioneer Museum which opens its doors for its 57th season this weekend.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18, which is also International Museums Day, May 19 and 20.
One new temporary exhibit will be devoted to “People, Places and Professions of Glengarry,” covering several men and women who were ordinary and extraordinary.
People like David Murdoch MacPherson, known as “The Cheese King” who by 1889 owned close to 80 cheese factories in Glengarry County and adjacent areas of Eastern Ontario, Québec and northern New York State. Or Mary MacRae Ishikawa who married a Japanese businessman, travelled to Germany and at the outbreak of WWI were forced to separate -- her husband back to Japan and she and her young daughter back to Glengarry.
Another display, “Doodads and What-cha-ma-call-its,” explores some of the unusual tools in the collection. Everybody knows drills, saws, and sledgehammers, but what about froes, flails and bung hole borers?
Curator and administrator Jennifer Black is pleased with the support the community provides every spring in preparation for opening and this year is no exception. The annual Spring Cleaning Day saw over 25 volunteers working to clean and prepare the many buildings for opening, and several others, including the Twistle Guild of Glengarry have put in many hours to assist with unpacking artifacts and setting up exhibits.
The Maxville Horticultural Society will donate a rustic pollinator house for the museum gardens at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“Community involvement is a treasured asset for this museum,” says Ms. Black. “Thank you to all those who volunteer their time. The museum couldn’t survive without you.”
The museum always welcomes new volunteers who want to contribute to their community, are interested in local history, or even students needing volunteer hours.
The museum will be open weekends only until June 14, after which it will be open six days a week, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special events will include the historical driving tour, ”SmithIn” Blacksmith weekend, guest speakers, Classical Music Under the Stars, a Glengarry Artists’ Collective show, a Celtic Festival, Harvest Fall Festival, 1812 Living History Weekend, Witches New Year around Halloween and a Christmas event.
More details can be found at www. glengarrypioneermuseum.ca or at 613-527-5230.