"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

Friday, October 18, 2013

“Getting Hooked on Harness Brass, Barn Lanterns and License Plates"

Bert Black's Collection at the
Wellington County Museum and Archives

ABOYNE, Ontario - October 15, 2013 – Ornate, functional and fun, a collection of harness brass, barn lanterns and license plates will hook your attention this fall. Bert Black is the third collector to be featured in the Wellington County Collects exhibit that showcases the unique collections of Wellington County residents on display in the Wellington County Archives.

“From hundreds of different objects, these three collections highlight a selection of pieces that our third collector loves the most,” Amy Dunlop, Curatorial Assistant, said. “There is a little bit of everything and each object tells a part of Bert Black’s story. That is what makes this exhibition a wonderful experience for the public.”

“In my collection, I have over 120 horse brasses, more than 150 license plates (dating from 1917 to the 1970s) and a variety of Wellington County-made lanterns, including railroad and construction lanterns,” Bert said. “Why do I collect? Nostalgia...preserving articles that were used or part of days gone by is what interests me.”

Bert Black’s collection will be on display until January 5, 2014

If you’d like to bring your collection to the Museum, please contact Amy Dunlop at: 519.846.0916 x 5232 or amyd@wellington.ca to get your name on the list.

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

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