At the Middleville Museum we love the past. We no longer want to live in the past - at least as far as our indoor plumbing goes.
So, we are embarking on a much needed renovation project to upgrade our facilities to include both a public (wheel chair accessible) washroom and events prep area to accommodate the individuals, families and tour groups that come to the Museum.
This project will include installing a septic bed system, new well and electrical upgrade as well as the accessible washroom itself. This renovation will add a level of comfort and convenience to the museum visit that will allow visitors to spend additional time viewing the exhibits, researching and talking to staff. It will also allow the Museum to plan more special community events, workshops, seminars and be able to accommodate the needs of touring groups.
Phase one of the project will involve drilling a well and installing a septic system.
We are very fortunate to have received a generous donation to get us started that will pay for a good part of phase one. People and organizations have been responding to our newspaper article and mailing. We would like to thank Lanark TimberMart for committing to donate the construction materials for the walls and to Blackburn Plumbing for a submersible pump. Perth Planing Mill has donated an interior door and trim, thank you. We are beginning to receive individual monetary donations which will be acknowledged here and on our Donors Wall in the Museum.
To complete the next phase of the actual indoor reno (plumbing and electricity) the Museum has to rely on much need financial donations and donations of materials that would reduce the overall costs.
We are looking for anyone that can help in providing any of the basic items that it has on its “shopping list” and some of the items that are need include:
10 or 20 gallon pressure tank
New Hot Water Tank (up to 40 gal)
Handicap Accessible Wall mounted sink
8 ft Kitchen Counter (with doors)
Kitchen Sink Faucet
Kitchen Wall Light Fixture
Interior Door Handle with Lock
The Museum has reached out to local businesses who, as we've said, are really stepping up to help us.
We also want to reach out to the Community to see what can be done to help achieve its goal of being more accessible and valuable to the community it serves. Items such as light fixtures, bathroom fixtures and paint have already been donated but so much more is need.
If you can help with any of the above or would like to contribute financial to our Indoor Plumbing Project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Sobol 259-2406
Alice Borrowman 259-5462
Any kind of donation big or small will help catapult us into the 21st century while still maintaining our love of everything (else) that is old.
We kick off the 2019 season with our Opening Tea in honour of Lanark Township's Irish settlers on Sunday May 19, 2019 from 11 - 3 p.m.
Although, it is well known that many of the first European settlers to the area came from Scotland, many Irish families came at the same time, seeking a new life and prosperity. Only the most enduring made the trip over the rocky terrain from Perth to Lanark Township, bringing with them skills in weaving, carpentry, blacksmithing and shoemaking. Over the next many years, hundreds more followed, including those fleeing the potato famine in the late 1840s.
A genealogist will be on hand to help with your family searches. Come out and enjoy some lively Irish fiddling as well as a taste of the food of Ireland. View items donated by descendants of the original settlers.
We invite any Lanark Township Irish descendants to bring artifacts and/or stories to share on that day. Display space is available.
The Art of Being Green Festival was held at the Middleville Fairgrounds this year and the Middleville Museum took the opportunity to have some fun. One would argue that most of the artefacts at the museum are "green" seeing that they use elbow grease instead of electricity or gas. But undoubtably the highlights were Tipsy the butter-churning dog and a horse-powered hay-bailer. Tipsy isn't the first dog in the area to help out by working the treadmill which in turn powers the butter-churn, and hopefully won't be the last.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.