||August 27, 2010
British Home Children Remembered
As mentioned last week the Clark House Museum in Powassan
was one of the locations recognizing the United Kingdom Child Migration Scheme
that had a major impact on Canadian history. There are upwards of 4 million
descendants. New Brunswick recognized the 140^th anniversary of the first
migration 140 years ago last year and Nova Scotia set aside October last year as
the month of the British Home Children.
||Poster of Homechild Celebration showing new
In my March 12 Heritage Perspective article I mentioned
local home children descendants Linda Thompson and Arlene Brandes. Linda oversaw
the fine display on Saturday August 14 at the Clark House. Arlene had an
exhibition of her paintings.
The Clark House Museum had the first presentation of a remarkable homechild
quilt produced by Gail Collins of St. Catharines recognizing the special year.
It includes 64 panels with 64 homechild families represented. The idea prompted
another quilt in Western Canada.
||Linda Thompson with some of her homechild research at the
Clark House Museum in Powassan.
Linda also displayed some of her collection of books and
other memorabilia. A Homechild Year poster displaying the stamp that will come
out in October was on display. The poster provides a website that gives an
excellent history of the homechild including the story of one young man who went
to war and won the Victoria Cross (www.cic.gc.ca/homechild).
||Visitors viewing Homechild Quilt at the Clark House Museum.
The poster, available on the site shows a group of girls
enroute to Stratford in 1908. The story also shows one of the boats that brought
the 100,000 children, a photo of a typical child and a photo of one young
homechild driving a plough working for a farmer.
The stamp is a 57 cent stamp and will be available September 1, 2010. (1,650,000
stamps will be issued). Of interest to genealogists, descendants and historians
is an official First Day Cover envelope available for $1.57 at your post office.
Scouts and Guides Remembered
Another important part of our children’s history is our Boy
Scouts and Girl Guides. Both groups are going through some growing or survival
pains. Several Guide camps were closed and one in Bonfield put up a fight to
preserve the camping legacy. I will write more about the current struggle and
some of the plans to preserve the good things that happened over the years.
Speaking of commemorative stamps, the Girl Guides of Canada
celebrate 100 years of camping, crafting and friendship this year with their own
57 cent stamp. The stamp came in packages of 10 and show 2 young girls in
uniforms with smiles on their faces. There is also a commemorative envelope.
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