Friday, October 24, 2014

Foodie Friday- Lemon Cordial

Lemon Cordial
  • 6 fresh lemons
  • 1 1/2 quarts of milk
  • 1 1/2 quarts of French Brandy
  • 3 pounds of powdered loaf sugar
  1. Cut the lemons into thin slices, put them into the milk, boil it until the whey is clear. Pass it through a sieve.
  2. Add the French Brandy and powdered loaf sugar to this whey.
  3. Stir it until the sugar is dissolved. Let stand and then bottle it. You may also add lemon rind.  
Kelsey Conway
Backus Page House Museum

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

World War Wednesdays: Wartime Photography

The Images of War: Famous and Rare World War Photographs
     One of the greatest technological advances of the 'modern wars' is that of photography. The images of war could be captured and presented to a wide range of audiences, eliminating the barriers of space and time in relaying the details of events. During both world wars, there were photographers specially commissioned to capture major moments in history, and they remain to this day some of the most valuable resources in studying and making connections with world war history. I have decided to compile some of my favorites, borrowed from various Twitter accounts devoted to sharing these photos. If you are on Twitter, I highly recommend following these accounts!
World War One

Trench warfare photo taken by an official British photographer, 1914 courtesy of @HistoryInPics

Christmas in the trenches, 1914 courtesy of @TheHistoryBook
Portrait of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson formed by 21,000 soldiers at Camp Sherman, Ohio, 1918 courtesy of @CombinedHistory
A woman gives flowers to a German soldier leaving for the front, Berlin, August 1914 courtesy of @HistoryInPics
A British soldier "shaking hands" with a kitten in the snow, Neulette, France, 1917 courtesy of @HistoryInPics
World War Two
An American soldier replaces 'Adolf-Hitler-Str.' sign with a 'Roosevelt Blvd.' one in Berlin, Germany, 1945 courtesy of @HistoryInPics
The staged photo of the milkman during the Blitz, October 9th, 1940, by Fred Morley courtesy of @HistoryInPics
Churchill sits on one of the damaged chairs from Hitler's bunker in Berlin, Germany, 1945 courtesy of @HistoryInPics
Bike messengers leaving the White House on December 7th, 1941 (the day of the Pearl Harbor attack) courtesy of @HistoryInPics
The liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, January 27th, 1945 courtesy of @TheHistoryBook
A German soldier giving bread to an orphaned Russian boy, 1942 courtesy of @CombinedHistory
Readers browsing through the bomb-damaged library of Holland House, London, England, 1940, courtesy of @HistoryInPics
Dresden, Germany, 1945 courtesy of @CombinedHistory
Three little girls peer through the binoculars of an American soldier after the liberation of Normandy, 1944, courtesy of @CombinedHistory
August Landmesser, a German who was engaged to a Jewish woman, refuses to give the Nazi salute, Hamburg, 1936, courtesy of @HistoryInPics
     These are just a few examples of photographs that have become symbols of major times in world war history. Thank you for taking a look!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Toolbox Tuesday - Hoof Knife

Hoof Knife

     A hoof knife is just one of many tools that is used by a farrier. A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care including the trimming and balancing of horses hooves. Their job also includes that placing of shoes on their hooves. Farrier's are a combination of blacksmithing skills (making and adjusting of metal shoes) and veterinarian skills ( understanding the anatomy of the hoof) to care for the horses feet.
     Historically farrier's and blacksmith's were practically synonymous. In colonial America farrier's work included shoeing horses as well as the making and repairing of tools and the forging of agricultural pieces. In comparison, today farrier's focus their time on hoof care, and for this reason farrier's and blacksmith's are considered to be separate, although related, trades.
     A hoof knife is a strong, slightly curved knife with it tip turned in on itself to form a tunnel. The flat part of the blade is used to trim the bottom of the hoof wall and the curved part makes grooves or cut holes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Media Mondays

Harvest Party

The Harvest Party is going to take place here at the museum on October 25th from 1-8pm.
Come on out for spooky tours of the trail and the museum as well as a variety of crafts and games!
We have had a variety of paranormal explorers visit the museum over the summer and we are gearing up to share their stories (as well as some of our own scary experiences) during a spooky tour of the house! Come and learn about the ghosts that reside in the museum and what they have been up to this year!
Also we will have on display our new QR codes for the month of October so don't forget to bring your smart phones to scan them! We plan to pick our more "creepy" items for this month!
Hope to see you all on October 25th!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Siting

Saturday Siting
This Saturday we would like to discuss one of our most treasured animals that we have here on the grounds of the Backus-Page House Museum.
We have a large population of Red-Headed Woodpeckers which are almost endangered in other areas of Southwestern Ontario.
These birds have an impressive bright red head and a black and white body. They are known to return to the same nesting ground year after year which would explain why we have so many!
Red-Headed Woodpeckers eat from and build their nests in dead trees.
Ultimately the reason why Southwestern Ontario now have so little of these birds is because our community cleans up the dead or fallen trees and most woodlands are logged regularly - therefore the main habitat for the Red-Headed Woodpecker is being removed.
Because of this the population of this bird has declined 60 percent in the last 20 years.  
For more information regarding Red-Headed Woodpeckers and some interesting facts about these birds please visit:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foodie Friday- Date Squares

Date Squares
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
Date filling:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups dates
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice (or lemon juice)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1 cup water 
Mix and cook until thick.

  1. Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter and blend well. Place half of the mixture in a buttered pan and pat down. 
  2. Spread date filling over mixture and then cover with the rest of the mixture. 
  3. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Cut into squares while still warm. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I Love the 50's- Tractors

In the 1850's farmers relied on manual labour, animal power and limited simple tools. Many hours of labour was needed to plant, maintain and harvest any crops. Some methods that were used are walking plows, harrows and hand planting.
Before the 1950's the use of machinery in agriculture was very rare. In 1954 for the first time the amount of tractors was higher than the number of horses and mules on farms. With the use of tractors farmers were now able to spread commercial fertilizer on the crops.