||June 3, 2005
Making history here and there
The following are some notes
from my file on events with an heritage perspective that may be of interest.
Powassan’s 100th Anniversary
From June 24th to
July 3rd Powassan will recognize its 100 years of incorporation. On
Thursday June 30th a variety night with lots of local talent will be
held at the Sportsplex. History Alive Day will take place at the Clark House
Museum with lots of displays large and small on July 1st. On
Saturday July 2nd there will be a big parade which will feature
various community groups, businesses, schools, families with lots of anniversary
floats and costumes.
A committee has been working
on a Powassan History Book, which will be a real keepsake. It can be purchased
for $25.00 at the Municipal Office (or by mail for $35.00 at 466 Main Street,
Powassan, P0H 1Z0). 705-724-2813. Watch your newspaper for further details on
these and other events.
||The Powassan History Book committee that produced
Powassan’s 100th Anniversary Book. Hugh Smith Photo.
May Was Museum Month
Our many excellent museums in
the area are now open and worth a visit. The North Bay Area Museum has
relocated from its Main Street location to the beautiful renovated old CPR
station. Beside the museum it will have the offices of the Heritage Gardeners,
the Carousel, the Heritage Railway and the overall Waterfront Committee. The
media (except Community Voices and their history writer) were invited to tour
the facility recently. The museum is now called “@discoverynorthbay”. The main
floor includes a reception area, retail outlet and an exhibition space that will
change every 6 weeks. There is also exhibition space on the 2nd
floor. The new Wonderland Carousel is housed temporarily in one of these
rooms. There will be a one of a kind interactive railway exhibits available in
the near future.
There is exciting news on
major museums in Canada and abroad. On VE Day in May the new Canadian War
Museum in Ottawa became a new venue worth a visit along with numerous other
Ottawa galleries and museums. Designed by the remarkable architect Raymond
Moriama who has designed several world-class museums the new museum is a major
new feature on the downtown Ottawa landscape. It, of course, honours our
Canadian veterans and their contribution creating and preserving the world we
The War Museum has a highly
informative website profiling their collections, special events, etc.
www.warmuseum.ca. There is an Art and War exhibition on WWII until
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights
A new $300 million Human
Rights Museum is in development in Winnipeg and will be the largest of its kind
in the world when it opens in 2009. It will be geared among other things to
developing and educating young people to become human rights leaders and
advocates. On the 21st anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights
the Federal government puts up 30 million dollars and later added 70 million.
The beautifully designed museum will look at human rights around the world.
Their website has a beautiful introduction showing former Canadian civil rights
leaders with a quote on their point of view.
Germany’s Holocaust memorial
opened recently in Berlin to coincide with the 60th anniversary of
the end of WWII. The 2,711 concrete slabs symbolize the helplessness of the 6
million Jews murdered by the Nazis.
Warren’s Log Museum
The Warren Historical Society
with the help of the people of Warren-Markstay are developing a museum as a
centre for historical and genealogical study in the area. They are currently
looking for artifacts and donations to help develop the cabin and the site.
Bonfield’s First Spike Project
This project is proceeding
with the acquisition of an old CPR caboose, which will be restored, and act as a
museum. I called Bonfield councilor Robt. Boisvert to find out the status of
the acquisition and he told me it was being relocated to its new location near
the Bonfield Municipal that very day. I made a quick trip over to see the
tricky job of relocation the caboose and take some photos.
|The relocation of the Bonfield First Spike Caboose to its new site by
the Municipal Office. Doug Mackey Photo.
Womens’ Institute Recognition
Institutes of Ontario have played a major role in the lives of Ontario women and
in preserving our history. The Ontario Historical Society recently bestowed the
Scadding Award of Excellence on the Parry Sound WIs for their work in preserving
Manitou Islands’ Newman Headframe
I wrote three
articles on the Manitous off North Bay last year and mentioned the mine on
Newman Island. There were original efforts to preserve the headframe which
could be seen from the shoreline of North Bay. Apparently age, vandalism and
neglect have won out and the building collapsed during the past winter
eliminating a fascinating piece of history.
Father Paradis’ Paintings
After reading my
recent article on the irascible Father Chas. Paradis John Wallen, the Chair of
the Mattawa Museum Board contacted me regarding Paradis’ paintings. John had
recently visited the National Archives in Ottawa and received mint copies of
some of Paradis’ paintings. I visited him recently and looked at them and they
are beautiful. One of Mattawa along with the others will be available in full
size as a fund raiser for the museum for $40 ($75 if framed at the Clermont
Duval Gallery). You can get all six for $180. Contact the museum at
705-744-5495, or Box 9, Mattawa, Ontario, P0H 1V0 for further information.
First Nation Land Claim Settlement
First Nation and the Algonquin First Nation await the pending settlement of
their claims Ontario’s largest native land claim was settled recently for the
Rainy River First Nation ninety years after their land was taken. Several
Federal cabinet ministers were present to be a part of the signing of an
agreement reclaiming 18,725 hectares of traditional land. There is also
financial compensation which is expected to go into a community trust to
maximize its impact.
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