We all have stories that we've heard a hundred times, or so it seems. We heard them while sitting on the laps of our parents, grandparents and maybe even great grandparents. They are the stories of our ancestors that live on through generations. Hopefully, these stories will be told to our children and their children's children. It is important that these oral traditions are preserved and it is incumbent upon us to make sure they are not lost. In some cases, family history is recorded in written form to give life to these tales of survival. In most families, there are dozens of unmarked photographs of people and places that need to be identified before names and dates are gone forever. The Middleville and District Museum works every day to find these stories and photos to give them a place of honour. The reward is the joy of seeing visitors when they discover photos of people they have never seen before or a piece of history that has made its way from the 'old country' and is now nestled into a display at the Museum. In fact, almost every one of the thousands of artifacts has a family connection to the former Lanark Township and surrounding area. These items have their own story to tell in the labels that accompany them tying them to a person or family that came before. It is in an effort to preserve these stories that the Museum has created a new feature on its website. 'Down Memory Lane' is a new page found as part of the Collection page, where family stories can be preserved and enjoyed by all. This page has just been made available in time for Mother's Day. The first stories on the new page are testaments to Mothers who sacrificed so much to build a better life for their families. What better way is there to remember and honour all the Mothers who came before. Check back to the page for more stories throughout the year.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.