Friday, 23 November 2012

Celebrating Anniversaries: HME Evening Meeting November 19, 2012

Monday we met at the warm and bustling Queen's Head pub and had a lively discussion about how museums celebrate.

Some highlights:

Ruthven Park's Education Coordinator shared the recent success of the innovative story-telling medium of puppet shows.
Partnering with Studio Babette, Ruthven Park produced "From Ruthven to Passchendaele":
"From the splendour and natural wonder of the Ruthven mansion, to the destitute fields of mud in the Somme, to the healing hospitals of Britain, From Ruthven to Passchendaele commemorates the upcoming 100 year anniversary of World War I with a touching, vividly realized portrait of Canadian bravery and sacrifice."

This play was made possible by a grant from Veterans Canada.

In 2010, the Bell Homestead held their centenary celebrations. Two years in the planning, it was a three-day weekend including a gala dinner, a book launch (with actors performing readings from Bell family letters),and an historic 1910 picnic with horse & buggy rides and period appropriate foods.

Discussion surrounding the centenary of WWI; what is everyone planning?
This anniversary may have a greater connection to people today than 1812.
There are a number of committees forming to share information: if you are part of a committee, please share your information here and let HME know!

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