Musings

Footsteps of John McCrae lead to new appreciation

Written by Tammy Adkin, Guelph Museums Manager When I was 17 years old, I was chair of the Peace and Justice Club at Assumption College School.  I wore “Ban Nukes” buttons and participated in various marches and protests, chanting about turning swords into ploughshares.  While my heart was in the right place, I never would…

May is Museum Month, how are you celebrating?

Museum month is coming to a close and museums across our region have been celebrating with programs, events, and exhibitions. This month, when you explore the museums in your own backyard, you’ll have the chance to win a Wellington/Waterloo Museums prize package and a stay at Langdon Hall. Visit any two Wellington/Waterloo museums during the…

Women of Sacrifice – Pearl Talbot

Miss Pearl Talbot, who graduated from the Guelph General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910, was employed at the hospital during the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918. Influenza was affecting multiple sites in the city, including the Ontario Agricultural College, which reported over 15 cases of the deadly flu. Pearl interacted with several of the…

Rediscovering our local Nursing Sisters – Alice Trusdale

Alice Trusdale was among the thousands of nurses who served overseas during the First World War. Alice, from Waterford, Ontario graduated from Guelph General Hospital School of Nurses on October 8, 1912. When war broke out in 1914, she trained with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in London, Ontario and was sent overseas in 1917.…

This Day in Guelph History: January 28, 1918

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, Canadian Army Medical Corps Born: November 30, 1872, Guelph Died: January 28, 1918, France Written by Lindsay Woelfle On a sheet of stationary with a reserved black border, a mother writes a mournful letter to her friend, enclosing a photograph of her late son Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. Written ten months after…

This Day In Guelph History: October 7, 1920

To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph have teamed up to present This Day in Guelph, Ontario, Canada History – Old news gets a modern twist as we revisit news stories from the past 150 years. October 7, 1920 “Popular Pastor to Leave Guelph.” Reverend Edwin Arthur Pearson…

This Day in Guelph History: October 5, 1997

To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph have teamed up to present This Day in Guelph, Ontario, Canada History – Old news gets a modern twist as we revisit news stories from the past 150 years. October 5, 1997 “Terrific performances gets River Run Centre off to good start.” Gala…

#AskACurator Day 2017 with the Guelph Museums Curatorial Team

#AskACurator Day 2017 with the Guelph Museums Curatorial Team What if you had the chance to ask the experts behind the scenes at Guelph Museums anything you wanted? #AskACurator Day is an annual social media event that aims to break down the walls of museums by inviting the public to ask any questions about the…