"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Into Action and Discover "Genuine Plastic" and "From the Old Country" at Wellington County Museum & Archives

ABOYNE, Ontario - Wellington County Museum & Archives May 3, 2011 – Have you ever wondered how everyday objects are made and what the history is behind the material? This spring, discover “plastic” in an all new light in Genuine Plastic at Wellington County Museum & Archives, opening on May 7, 2011.

Through the objects on display – clothing, jewellery, toys and tools – you are able to see the enormous changes that have evolved from early natural plastics to the introduction of synthetics.

Explore the history behind the material and their indispensible place in modern life.

Opening on May 14, learn what it means to emigrate to and settle in Wellington County in the exhibit, From the Old Country. From across the globe survivors and adventurers have uprooted their pasts to settle and create a better future.

What do people bring with them that speaks to them of their past? How do objects remind them of their past and define their identity? This exhibit features these poignant reminders that bear witness to the strength of our cultural roots.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between
Fergus and Elora, and the galleries are open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekends and holidays.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Dunlop, Curatorial Assistant
519-846-0916 ext. 5232

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