"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 21, 2011

McCrae House marks Remembrance Week with return of Guelph Amateur Radio Club

GUELPH, Ontario October 21, 2011 - City of Guelph Media Release - Remembrance traditions continue at McCrae House with the return of the Guelph Amateur Radio Club. Now in its 23rd season, the group will again be sending and receiving remembrance messages at the birthplace of John McCrae from Sunday, November 6 to Friday, November 11.

Members of the Radio Club look forward to contacting, via the airwaves, ham radio enthusiasts around the world. This is their opportunity to acknowledge Remembrance Day and exchange thoughts on its significance. The Club also assists the Museum in educating children and adult groups taking part in Remembrance programs offered throughout the week. Students, as well as the general public, are invited to share their thoughts and reacquaint themselves with John McCrae.

McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, doctor, soldier and author of the poem In Flanders Fields, one of the best known First World War poems. McCrae’s poem is credited with initiating the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Join us on Friday, November 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the McCrae Garden for a short Remembrance Service organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234 followed by John McCrae Public School’s Remembrance Assembly. All are welcome. Admission to McCrae House on Remembrance Day is by donation and the House is open until 5:00 p.m.

McCrae House is located at 108 Water Street. Open daily 1-5 p.m. leading up to Remembrance Day and open Remembrance Day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Regular admission to the museum is: Adults- $4.00, Seniors & Students - $3.00, Families $10.00. Please contact Guelph Museums at 836-1221, ext. 2773 for more information.

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