British Home Child Museum set to open for the 2017 season

OEBHCF President Judy Neville is seen explaining the story of British Home Children to Ingleside resident Jim Savage during Doors Open this past weekend. Courtesy photo

MORRISBURG — The British Home Child Museum located at Aultsville Station — east of Morrisburg — has opened for the 2017 season.

A collaborative effort between the Ontario East British Home Child Family and the Parks of the St. Lawrence, the museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 26-27, September 2-4, September 9-10 and September 16-17.

Located in South Dundas off British Home Child Lane at 13480 County Road 2 — south of Nudell Bush on the outskirts of Upper Canada Village  — the museum features artifacts and displays about the small children from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, who were sent to Canada between the 1860s and 1940s to work as indentured servants on Canadian farms and households.

A number of special events will take place at the museum this year, according OEBHCF President Judy Neville.  These include: a pre-1940 vehicle display (weather permitting) on Sunday, August 27 and again on September 10; an opportunity to view the 2010 Year of the British Home Child in Canada Memorial Quilt (created in Ontario by Gail Collins); a visit by The Home Child author Lynn Clark who will read and her book at noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 9. And another Year of the British Home Child in Canada Memorial Quilt (this one made by Hazel Perrier of Alberta) will be displayed on  Saturday, September 16.

One of the many displays created by the Ontario East British Home Child Family for viewing at the Aultsville Station. Courtesy photo

 

2010 Year of the British Home Child in Canada Memorial Quilt (created in Ontario by Gail Collins) is on display at the British Home Child Museum. Courtesy photo

 


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