Goulbourn Museum virtual 2021 Speaker Series begins April 15th

Goulbourn Museum continues to provide events, albeit virtually, for history buffs. Thursday, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m., marks the beginning of the 2021 Speaker Series.

This installment of the 2021 Speaker Series is titled “One Tweedsmuir at a Time: How the Women’s Institute preserves community histories”. Mara Benjamin, curator at the Erland Lee Museum in Hamilton, will walk participants through the key role that Women’s Institutes have played in the preservation of local histories of small-town Ontario.

The topic is described as follows: “Since its inception at the Erland Lee (Museum) Home in 1897, the Women’s Institute (WI) has been dedicated to empowering, educating, and supporting women. WI members have worked tirelessly to improve their communities through fundraising and advocacy and have preserved their local histories through Tweedsmuir Community History Books for generations. Now, nearly 150 years after the WI began, we continue to record our histories for those who come after us through branch Tweedsmuirs. Thanks to the support of Library & Archives Canada, we have been able to scan and make public hundreds of Tweedsmuirs through our Virtual Archives website. So, while our method of preserving history may be changing, our dedication to our communities remains the same. For Home & Country.”

The event will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and runs for one hour. Attendees can participate – and are encouraged to – during the Question and Answer period.

Those interested can register for this free event – taking place over Zoom – on the eventbrite page. Participants will receive an email confirmation upon registering, and an invitation to access the Zoom meeting will be emailed to participants on the day of the event (April 15th). Registration closes at noon on April 15th. Any questions can be directed to register@goulbournmuseum.ca.


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