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Heritage Week at museum, Monahan to be honoured

Posted February 11, 2014

The Museum on the Boyne is celebrating Heritage Week - February 17th - 23rd with a series of family themed events beginning Family Day (Feb.17).

Bring your kids to the museum for pioneer fun, tour the museum, make butter and pioneer toys and complete an artifact scavenger hunt. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

On Sat., Feb. 22, join the Museum on the Boyne Advisory Committee as they honour Mr. Peter Monahan who has contributed to the promotion of heritage of the community, with his placement on the Wall of Honour. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Mr. Monahan is a long time re-enactor and a retired teacher, having spent 35 years teaching English, History, Law and Philosophy in Nigeria, Alberta, Toronto and New Tecumseth. He also works part time for the Museums of Mississauga as an historic interpreter and is writing a book on the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the War of 1812. Mr. Monahan has been a long-time volunteer and historical interpreter in South Simcoe. He frequently volunteers his time and knowledge to run children's programs at the Museum on the Boyne where he has portrayed an 1812 soldier, a voyageur and a cobbler. He is also Chair of the Friends of Historic Fort Willow.

On Wed., Feb. 26, visit the Museum to learn family research tips from Karen Johnstone, owner of A Novel Idea New & Used Books in Alliston, as she presents Mending Broken Bonds - tips for family research. Karen will outline the history of adoption in Ontario from 1827 to the present day as it relates to family history research. She will also detail the heartwarming tale of how she helped Jackie Garcia, 74 of Bermuda, find her birth family in Loretto. Admission is free but Karen asks that attendees make a $2 donation to the Museum. For more information on this event please contact Karen by phone at (705) 435-3148 or at A Novel Idea, 103 Victoria St. W., Alliston.

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