Variety of activities, exhibits mark Museum Month in Norfolk County

Attractions in Norfolk County will join more than 700 museums, galleries and heritage sites across Ontario in celebration of Museum Month, which runs to the end of May. Among the

Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre will have two exhibits opening in May. The first, called Feeding the Gangs: Culinary Arts on the Farm, explores the lives of the women who cooked for harvest workers, as featured in the Canadian Tobacco Growers magazine. The second exhibit, Tobacco Kilns of Norfolk County, highlights Larry Monczka’s photographs, capturing the beauty and gentle decay of these iconic buildings alongside their architectural significance.

Guest author Nadine Williams will lead a project titled Fabric of Our Being in Delhi, which involves creating a handcrafted quilt with students from Delhi Public School, exploring and celebrating the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum will launch the Waterford and Townsend Barns Project, which combines more than 20 years of the Waterford and Townsend Historical Society’s research with hundreds of photographs in an online interactive portal. The project highlights the rural landscape through historic barns and agricultural outbuildings.

The Board Exhibit is a community exhibition in partnership with the Waterford Skate Park. The display includes 112 skateboard decks created by local artists, designers, athletes and youth. A finale celebration ticketed event will happen on Friday, May 10, with an auction, refreshments and cash bar.

WHAM, along with the Norfolk County heritage and culture department, will launch a pop-up exhibit at the St. Williams Heritage Festival on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Williams Community Centre. The exhibit explores the vibrant history of the village.

Nominations for the Norfolk County Agricultural Hall of Fame are open. Launched in 2014, this initiative honours achievements and innovations in agricultural and rural development. Past inductees include educators, journalists, artists, scientists and policymakers. Members of the community can nominate a deserving member by June 29.

Norfolk County Archives will unveil its latest exhibit, Reforesting Norfolk. This display delves into the historical significance of Norfolk’s renowned Forestry Farm and its role in redefining sustainability practices and promoting reforestation initiatives across Ontario. Visitors are invited to explore this compelling narrative from Tuesdays to Fridays throughout May between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Port Dover Harbour Museum. Opening on May 10, is From Her Hands, which highlights Norfolk women potters of the 1960s and ’70s, including the work of Donna Matthews, Ruth Peets, Donna Ryerse, Jean Woolley and Didi and George Eerenberg, with an accompanying exhibition catalogue available.

On May 31, Tom Lewis presents Songs and Lore of the Sea, offering a captivating journey through maritime music and storytelling, complemented by opener, Ian Bell. Tickets are $20 available online or in person.

Common Threads invites fibre artists and needleworkers to gather at the museum on the first Thursday of each month for a relaxing crafting session.

By Reformer staff

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