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McCrae House Closing for Renovations on November 30; reopening in May

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in News | Comments Off

GUELPH, ON, November 21, 2014: McCrae House, the historic birthplace of John McCrae, doctor, soldier and author of In Flanders Fields, is closing for renovations starting at the end of the day on November 30, 2014. McCrae House will reopen in May of 2015. The renovations are part of Guelph Museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields in 2015. The museum has hired BaAM, an exhibition design firm based in Toronto, to design and oversee the project. Guelph Museums hopes to refurbish the site and exhibitions, establishing McCrae House as a premier...

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Deck the Halls: A Victorian Christmas opens at Guelph Civic Museum

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in News | Comments Off

GUELPH, ON, November 12, 2014: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Guelph Civic Museum. Deck the Halls: a Victorian Christmas has opened. Deck the Halls invites visitors to experience the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas. The Civic Museum’s first floor exhibition space has been transformed into a Victorian-era parlour using artefacts from the museum’s permanent collection. Visitors will learn about how the Victorians popularised Christmas, starting many of the traditions that we associate with the holiday today. Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk St....

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Debbie Thompson Wilson depicts Guelph Saints

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off

GUELPH, ON, November 3, 2014: The saints whose names adorn many of Guelph’s buildings, churches, and streets are the subject of a new exhibition opening Friday, November 7, at Guelph Museums by local artist, Debbie Thompson Wilson. Saints Preserve Us tells the stories of Guelph’s saints by juxtaposing Thompson Wilson’s own original paintings with historical photographs of buildings in Guelph named after saints.  The inspiration for the show came when Thompson Wilson noticed just how many buildings and organizationsin Guelph were named after saints. “One day, I started counting...

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Remembrance Day Activities at McCrae House

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off

GUELPH, ON, November 3, 2014: McCrae House, the birthplace of Guelph-born doctor, soldier and poet John McCrae, will commemorate Remembrance Day this year with activities over several days leading up to November 11. Nearly a century ago, McCrae penned the poem In Flanders Fields, which is widely recited at this time of year and which inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. Guelph Amateur Radio Club will be at McCrae House from Saturday November 8 to Tuesday, November 11, contacting ham radio enthusiasts around the world, exchanging thoughts and stories about the significance...

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Robert Munsch Exhibit Closes with Weekend Festival

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in News | Comments Off

GUELPH, ON, October 28, 2014: Guelph Museums is hosting MunschFest on Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9, to mark the close of the Much More Munsch exhibition. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the exhibit one last time, and participate in a number Munsch-related crafts and activities. Among the activities planned is a Munsch-a-Thon, in which museum staff and special guests read as many Robert Munsch books as possible over the course of the weekend. Guelph Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong and Go-Go Grandma Sya Van Geest will be on hand to read stories. There will also...

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Lace in the Limelight

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in News | Comments Off

GUELPH, ON, October 15, 2014: Cindy Rusak of the Stratford Festival is set to give a talk at the Guelph Civic Museum about the use of lace in the theatre on Sunday, October 26. The talk is part of a lecture series offered in conjunction with Guelph Museums’ exhibition, The Art of the Lacemaker (Revisited). Prior to the talk, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the exhibition with guest curator Joyce Dawson. The exhibit features historical and contemporary lace drawn from the extraordinary Ruhland Collection, exploring the significance and cultural value of this art form. Tea and cake...

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