"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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Neighbourhood Spirit Walk at Guelph Museums McCrae House

Spirit Walk takes it to the streets in the Two Rivers neighbourhood

GUELPH Ontario August 23, 2012 Guelph Museums Release - Sunday, September 9, 2012 - Guelph Museums brings history to life as the popular Spirit Walk explores the Two Rivers neighbourhood and introduces characters who once lived and worked in the community.

"The Spirit Walk is where live theatre meets historic walking tour", explains Val Harrison, Coordinator of Public Programs at Guelph Museums. "Not only will you meet fascinating characters from Guelph's past, but you will also discover more about our architectural heritage."

Along the way, participants can expect to meet individuals such as Fiorenza Drew(1910-1965) daughter of world famous tenor Edward Johnson and wife of George Drew, Premier of Ontario; Priscilla Johnson (1858-1927) wife of William Johnson, owner of The Boathouse; Samuel Carter (1859-1936) alderman, mayor and MPP and one of the founders of the co-operative movement in Guelph; J.W. Lyon (1848-1933) industrialist and publisher of the World Publishing Company and George Sleeman (1841-1926) brewery owner, mayor and baseball team owner. A tour of St. Mary's Ukrainian Church will be available as well. Participants will also hear stories from knowledgeable tour guides about some of the historic buildings found along the route.

Tours leave McCrae House every 30 minutes from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Each tour lasts approximately 2 hours, finishing up at The Boathouse on Gordon Street, just steps from the McCrae House starting point. Tickets for the Spirit Walk are $15 per person and are now on sale now through the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000.

McCrae House is located at 108 Water Street. Parking is available on the streets around the museum. For general information please call 519-836-1221 or visit guelph.ca/museum.

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