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Join the museum and bring history to life

Emily Distefano

 
Dufferin Historical Society President Trish Aubin, who was instrumental in opening the newly restored Boyne School seen here, is hoping more history lovers will join the group in bringing local history to life. (EMILY DISTEFANO)

Dufferin Historical Society President Trish Aubin, who was instrumental in opening the newly restored Boyne School seen here, is hoping more history lovers will join the group in bringing local history to life. (EMILY DISTEFANO)

Are you interested in local history, getting involved in the community and participating in fun events throughout the year?

The Dufferin Historical Society is looking for new members to help continue its legacy of bringing history to life.

DHS president Trish Aubin said the group hopes to attract some new faces to the table and generate new ideas about how to showcase the Dufferin Historical Museum, the newly renovated Boyne School and the wealth of local heritage in the area.

“We want new ideas,” she said. “It’s always good to have new outlooks so you can think outside the box.”

Aubin said she loves the work they do, saying that local history is fascinating and working with local records, artifacts and events means she gets to meet all sorts of people.

The DHS puts on a number of events throughout the year, all aimed at bringing history to life for Carman and Dufferin residents of all ages.

Besides fall and spring teas, the group hosts a Christmas at the Museum each December with old-fashioned decorations, displays, refreshments, music and wagon rides.

During the summer the museum is open to the public, and during the school year classes are welcome to tour the newly restored, one-room Boyne School.

And the group is already looking forward to what they’re going to do to mark Manitoba 2020 in three years.

Aubin noted that members who are interested in learning more about museum work (artifacts, curation, etc.) also have the opportunity for further education in the form of a variety of courses offered through the Association of Manitoba Museums.

The group meets monthly on Wednesday evenings. The annual general meeting will be held on Nov. 15 at the Grace St. John’s Anglican Church, with a potluck supper at 6:15 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

Guest speaker Joe Brown of the Miami Pioneer Museum will be there to talk about the Mosasaur they put on display this fall. His speech will start at 7:30 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about the Dufferin Historical Society, the musem or how you can get involved you can contact Trish Aubin at 204-745-7353 or email info@dufferinhistoricalmuseum.ca.

You can also find the group on Facebook.

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