New permanent exhibition explores township’s rich agricultural and rural roots
VERNON — The Osgoode Township Museum’s newest permanent exhibition explores the incredibly resilient spirit of the people in the community.
Opening Nov. 21, Rooted in Rural: Cultivating Connections will offer visitors a chance to discover how indigenous peoples and the first European settlers paved a path for current day residents, and how they are cultivating their connections with the past, present and future.
Exhibition highlights include a 17-foot dugout canoe, a Boyd Block machine, and items that once belonged to local legends like hockey star Larry Robinson and Orval Prophet. An exciting new portion of the exhibition is an interactive space for families. This area is a market produce stand made to look like the bed of a pickup truck and pays homage to the hardworking agricultural families in the community with the goal of connecting kids with the idea of where food comes from!
The space will be closely monitored and sanitized after each visit to ensure kids can still experience hands-on learning in a museum setting. Staff updated the museum site with new protocol in place when it reopened in July to maintain social distancing and a limited number of visitors will be allowed in the museum space at one time. Booking a free visit in advance is highly encouraged and the form is available on the organization’s website.
The Museum advises the opening date will evolve with a close eye on the Covid-19 pandemic — as safety of staff and visitors is a top priority.
The Osgoode Township Museum traces its founding back to 1972 when the first meeting to organize “The New Horizons Historical Group” took place — to do research, create interest, collect data, preserve and publish the history of the township and the genealogy of its residents. The Museum tells the story of Ottawa’s rural and agricultural heritage.