"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, November 7, 2012

Keeping Warm in the 19th Century

ABOYNE Ontario – November 7, 2012 Wellington County Museum and Archives News Release - During the severe Ontario winters of the 19th century, warmth was sometimes just a word, not a reality. Imagine waking up with a crust of frost covering the blankets, icy floors and frozen water. The upcoming exhibition Keeping Warm in the 19th Century opens November 10 at Wellington County Museum and Archives.

“Our material history, preserved in the Museum collection, reflects the challenges of keeping warm. Cloth scraps were saved to create patchwork quilts stuffed with wool or cotton. Undervests and heavy petticoats provided an extra layer of insulation from the wind and cold. Fur coats, hats and mittens protected from frostbite and ‘blind pigs’ (ceramic hot water containers) offered extra comfort for numb feet,” said Curator Susan Dunlop.

“These utilitarian pieces were created not only for warmth. The artifacts will delight visitors with their attention to fine details and give you a sense of appreciation for the hardiness of Wellington County pioneers.”

The exhibition runs until April 2, 2013.

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

For more information, please contact:
Amy Dunlop, Curatorial Assistant
Tel: 519.846.0916 x 5232
Email: amyd@wellington.ca

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