Bor­ers and ‘big cheese’ await at Pioneer Mu­seum

The Glengarry News - - News -

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.

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