Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Sightings- The Mourning Cloak

Happy Saturday everyone!  This week's blog is about the Mourning Cloak.

This species is native to Eurasia and North America.  It is also referred to as the spiny elm caterpillar, Grand Surprise and White Petticoat.  The butterfly has a life span of 11-12 months, making it one of the most extensive life spans for any butterfly.  The Mourning Cloak will eat the leaves of primary host plants, such as Willows and Black Willows, American elm, Hackberry, Hawthorn, Wild Rose and Poplar.

Maybe you will spy one this coming week!  Have a great one.

Catie and Ben

Friday, August 28, 2015

Family History Fridays - Do You Know These People?

A photo album has just been donated to the museum collection and none of them are labelled.  The only writing we can find refers to Johnny Sloan, 1887.  If you have any idea who these people are or what family they may belong to (most likely Sloan, McArthur, Allen and others), please contact us.  The photo album is full so we will be posting more photographs over the next few weeks for Family History Fridays.  
Angela Bobier 519-762-3072  info@backuspagehouse.ca 





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy Thursday everyone! Below are some fun and exciting events you wont want to miss! 

Come out to the museum tonight for a Party Lite fundraising open house! Stop by anytime between 6 pm and 8 pm. Enjoy refreshments, conversation, fun and shopping! 15% of all your purchases will be donated to Backus-Page House Museum!

Apples Aplenty Workshop at the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Center. Learn a variety of ways to cook with apples at this hands-on cooking class. Apples Aplenty Workshop will be taking place on September 19th, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $35.00/person. Pre-registration with payment is required one week in advance.


FREE workshop! Caring For Your Family Treasures Workshop at the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Center. Learn how to properly store and care for your family heirlooms as well as photographs. This workshop will be taking place on September 27th, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-book your appointment today!

There are only two Victorian Tea Sundays left this summer. Come visit the museum to experience what life would have been like in 1850! Enjoy tea and delicious baked goods in the parlour, followed by a tour of the museum. Teas run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $10/person.



Reminder! Mark this years Heritage Farm Show on your calendar today! The annual farm show will be taking place September 12th and 13th, 2015. Save when you pre-purchase a weekend pass for $15.00. Includes admission for both days as well as Sunday breakfast for anyone over the age of 12. Visitors 12 and under are FREE!  


For more information call 519-762-3072. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

World War Wednesdays: Time Machine 1943


     Life Magazine is synonymous with Second World War photography, and has captured and featured numerous iconic shots from the most critical moments of the war. At the beginning of the summer, I had the opportunity to purchase one of these original wartime magazines with the intention of using it as a primary source of information, and now seems like a great time to do so. The issue I bought is from 23 August 1943, so it seemed fitting for us to venture back in time to see what was making headlines exactly 72 years ago. I hope my amateur iPhone photography isn't too unbearable!

     The hot topic featured on the front cover of this issue is the newest dance style, the Lindy Hop. As the magazine declares, "A true national folk dance has been born in U.S.A.". Along with some instructional floor step instructions which also pay homage to the dance's roots in the black communities, the magazine had this to say about the country's latest dance craze:
     "In content, the Lindy Hop encompasses hundreds of individual steps, breaks and mutations originated by Americans inspired by American music. With the exception of the tap dance, it is this country's only native and original dance form. All others, "square" or "round", are importations and derivations from European prototypes. American dancers, however, have always been gifted with an aptitude for improvisation. And American jazz imperatively demands more exuberant responses than traditional dance steps can provide. Out of American impatience with the restrictions of conventional forms, the buoyant choreography of the Lindy Hop was born". (p.95)


     In terms of the action overseas, a critical area of focus at the time was the Italian Campaign. A large feature in the magazine is devoted to the surrender of the city of Palermo, during which iconic Life photographer Robert Capa entered the city with the American troops and captured some timeless shots.


     Life reported the events as follows:
     "The Germans last week were reported evacuating Sicily. Across narrow Messina Strait, under a protecting barrage of 500 AA guns, they were ferrying troops and equipment. But in spite of this evacuation, the spectacular Allied successes of the first few days of the campaign had given way to a slow undramatic advance. Over massive peaks and through deep, tumbling gullies American and British infantrymen inched ahead. On the north U.S. troops twice speeded up the advance by landing behind the Germans, but in the center of the line, near Randazzo, and beyond captured Catania, nothing much could be done except knock out the enemy pockets one by one".
"An American Medical Corpsman has shoes shined in Palermo while another soldier, his arms around a girl, waits in line"

     Features like this are interesting to see what life was like in August 1943 in terms of the major events happening in the world, but I am also interested in the content geared towards the everyday life of the time. For instance:

Advice for pickling and canning season



Hair tips for the dog days of summer

Ads for the poor "clothespin nose" hay fever sufferers like myself

And the beautiful yearnings for peacetime homes


I hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past! Life Magazine is a great source for getting a glimpse into what life was like at any given time, and I'm very happy to have found this edition.

     Thanks for reading,
         Delany

Monday, August 24, 2015

Memory Mondays- Malahide House




This week we are looking back on Malahide House, which was the home that Colonel Talbot built for himself here when he was given his 5000 acres of land from the Crown in this area.  It is named after his home in Ireland and was located on Fingal Line, before it was torn down.  As you can see from the photos above, the home was built overlooking Lake Erie and was quite beautiful inside.  It was an example of the rich history of this area, which we unfortunately no longer have. Take care and have a great week!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Sightings- Easter Tiger Swallowtails

Happy Saturday everyone!  The Easter Tiger Swallowtail is the creature we are going to be learning about today.

This species is native to Eastern North America and is one of the most common butterflies.  The adults feed on nectar of many flowers, but mostly those that are a part of the dogbane, daisy and legume families.

The male Easter Tiger Swallowtail is yellow with four black stripes, similar to tiger stripes, on each fore wing.  The females are either black or yellow, making them dimorphic.  The yellow morph is very similar to the male, but the female has blue spots along the hind wing.  The dark morph is completely black.  These butterflies lay green eggs on plants.

Take care!

Catie and Ben

Friday, August 21, 2015

Family History Friday - Photographs Without Names

A photo album has just been donated to the museum collection and none of them are labelled.  The only writing we can find refers to Johnny Sloan, 1887.  If you have any idea who these people are or what family they may belong to (most likely Sloan, McArthur, Allen and others), please contact us.  The photo album is full so we will be posting more photographs over the next few weeks for Family History Fridays.  
Angela Bobier 519-762-3072  info@backuspagehouse.ca