Museum ready to opens its doors to Port Colbornes past

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Friday, April 26th, 2019

With new exhibits on display, the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum opens its doors for the season on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

The exhibits on display are:

 

Solid Comfort (May-December): What does Port Colborne have in common with Tennessee? Visit this new exhibit as the fascinating history of the exclusive “Solid Comfort” summer cottage community is revealed through photographs and artifacts from the museum’s collection.

 

Deadly Dust-Dominion: Grain Elevator Explosion 1919 (May – November):  Located at the southern terminus of the Welland Canal, the grain elevator played an important role in the movement of grain through the Great Lakes. This exhibit not only examines this role, but also the tragic fatal explosion that occurred 100 years ago.

 

Tugging Along: Tugboats on the Welland Canal: Narrow channels, small canal locks, and lots of ship traffic on the third Welland Canal meant plenty of business for the tugs and their crew. Peer into the Marine Exhibit Lighthouse to catch a glimpse of this vital part of the canal scene.

 

“We’re very excited about this year’s exhibits as we were able to highlight significant landmarks, infrastructure, and associated anniversaries that have created our identity as a community,” commented Stephanie Powell Baswick, Museum Curator. “Port Colborne has been a summer destination for years, with the grain terminal and canal as identifiable landmarks for those who not only lived here, but visited.”   

 

The Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum, Heritage Village and Gift Shop are open daily from 12 – 5 p.m., including holidays, until December 20, 2018 and admission is FREE.  

 

Some upcoming events at the Museum to mark on your calendar, include:

 

May 18, 2019 - International Museum Day! In honour of the 2019 International Museum Day, the Port Colborne Museum has partnered with Sugarloaf Marina to present Sugarloaf Marina Over 30 Years. We are pleased to have a Museum and Archives Assistant Co-Op student,  Katelyn Lewis from Lakeshore Catholic High School, working on the design of this retrospective display.

 

May 26, 2019 – 35th Annual Arabella’s Pie Social & History Fair from 12 – 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a slice of homemade pie with hot or cold beverage at Arabella’s Tea Room. Afterwards discover traditional skills at the Niagara Antique Power demonstration and the museum Blacksmith Shop. Spinning and tatting demonstration will be featured in front of the Log House. Print a card on the heritage press and try on a traditional costume. Perennial plants for sale by the pavilion are looking for a new home in your garden, and lots of gems to be found at the Towpath Treasures Flea Market.

 

June 1, 2018Arabella’s Tea Room opens for the season until September 30, providing tea and biscuits daily from 2 – 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Museum.

June 2-8, 2019 “Tea for Two”, two for the price of one.

 

August 3 & 4, 2019 – 41st Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival at the Museum from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

To learn more about Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum:

 

Visit 280 King Street, Port Colborne, or, www.portcolborne.ca/page/museum Email: museum@portcolborne.ca Call: 905-835-7604

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