Monday, January 26, 2015

Media Monday

Happy Last Monday of January 2015
What would people in the 1850s do in the dead of winter?
Life goes on regardless of the season in the 1850s.
Animals would still be needing tended to, fed and watered on a regular basis.
Although there would be no crops to harvest at this time of year,
 many other activities would take place to ensure food on the table.
Crops harvested in the fall would be kept safe for this time of year to ensure meals for the family. Another activity that would take place to ensure protein during the winter would be ice fishing - being so close to the lake the family here at the museum would have easily been able to fish through the ice.
People also hunted regularly during the winter - a popular practice was rabbit hunting.
Other than ensuring food throughout the winter the family also participated in a variety of winter activities which could include repairing or maintaining outbuildings, fences and the home.
Many would also take the time to attempt and make their boots waterproof using
beeswax, pitch, and tallow all mixed together.
Without this practice the onslaught of frostbite was almost certain throughout the winter months.
Winter during the 1850s was harsh and rough but pioneers here survived it
through hard work, family and perseverance!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Events at Our Partner Museums

We are striving to partner with other museums to get all events and programming out to a wider audience. We share their information and they share ours.   Here are some upcoming dates you may want to mark in your calendar that other museums are hosting.    Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager

Oxford County Museum School Volunteer Workshops: If there are volunteers wishing to go from the western Elgin area, please contact and we can carpool.  
A one-time registration fee of $5 is all it costs to attend these workshops geared towards volunteers of all ages who are interested in participating in museum activities.
Feb. 11th
9:00 am - Research Your Project—Where do you begin?  What are primary sources and how do you find them?  We’ll show you how to make your way through the mysteries of researching and directing your     work to meet your planned project.
1:00 pm - Wall Text: preparing a script that visitors want to read—How often have you averted your eyes from a text panel at a museum because it’s just too wordy?  There’s a way to prepare information that you want others to read so that they will.  And are able to. 
Feb. 25th
9:00 am - Accessibility in the Museum—It’s more than just steps and doors.  It’s lighting, it’s moving through the exhibit space, it’s understanding spoken words, it’s being able to sit still and follow a program – and so much more. 
1:00 pm - Developing an Educational Program—It’s a great exhibit, but if schoolchildren can’t relate to it, what’s the point?  We’ll look at curriculum and linking the program to it, devising hands-on activities, time-management skills, and how to promote the program.
Mar. 11th  
9:00 am - Artifact Handling — Sooner or later, you’ll have to touch an artifact, and you need to do it the right way.  Gloves, no gloves, what type of gloves – we’ll sort through it and show you how to feel more comfortable handling 100 year old artifacts.
1:00 pm - Exhibit Design: Delight or Dilemma? - What makes an exhibit look like an exhibit and not a pile of old stuff?  There’s an order to it all, and the various steps will be discussed, then put into practice in class with artifacts, themes, design, and props to bring it to life.

Girls’ Night Out – An Evening of Fondue, Fashion & Fun

Attention ladies, have we got a spectacular evening planned just for you! What better way to spend a frosty winter night by warming up at the Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre for an evening of Fondue, Fashion & Fun at our 13th Annual Girls Night Out event! On the evening of FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27th,2015 at 7:00 PM with doors opening at 6:30 p.m., ladies will have an opportunity to win some fantastic DOOR PRIZES, participate in the SILENT AUCTION and shop in our TRADE SHOW. We will also have a delicious assortment of fondue treats, specialty coffees and champagne, all the while enjoying some wonderful entertainment of a fashion show with clothing from Closet Couture BoutiqueJockey Person-to-Person, and Nouveau Orie.

~Tickets on sale TUESDAY JANUARY 6TH, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for $25/person~

Don’t miss out on this fun and fabulous evening just for the ladies and get your tickets right away! Tickets sell out fast, so make sure to purchase tickets for you and a few friends as soon as possible!

For more information, please call the Museum at (519) 582-0278 or check us out on our website at

Carene Giosi
Assistant Curator

Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre
200 Talbot Road - Delhi,Ontario - N4B 2A2

Telephone:  (519) 582-0278
Fax: (519) 582-0122

The Battle of Waterloo - A History Symposium on Saturday, March 28
at 8:30am - 4:00pm

In Kitchener, Ontario the Region of Waterloo operates its regional museum in conjuction with the Doon Heritage Village.  Its brand new museum building features a wonderful, state of the art theatre that seats approx. 110 people. 

We will be featuring 4 speakers on 4 topics all related to the Battle of Waterloo.

Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley (retired) will speak on the relative generalship of Wellington and Napoleon

Donald Graves will speak on the British Army from the end of the Peninsular War to its raising for Waterloo

David Markham (President of the International Napoleonic Society) will speak on Napoleon before and after Waterloo

Peter Twist will offer a comparative study on the British and French cavalry

The symposium will also offer an optional opportunity to attend a dinner and regency dance with dance callers Tom and Toni Tumbusch.

Information and registration can be found at:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Foodie Friday- Banana Bread

Banana Bread
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas) 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, beat the shortening for 2 minutes until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy after each addition. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until thick and pale lemon in colour. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, slowly begin adding the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, alternating with the mashed bananas and combine well after each addition.
  2. Grease only the bottom of a 41/2 x 8 1/2 inch loaf pan or bread pan. Transfer the batter to the pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. 
Backus-Page House Museum

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I Love the 50's: Coal Mining

Coal Mining

Mining took place as early as the 1500's. Just before and throughout the 1850's coal mining became increasingly in demand. For example in the 1830's the annual output increased to over 30 million tons in Britain. During this time trade unions also began to form. In Canada large scale mining became more common in the 1830's and continued through the 1850's. Steam water pumps and railways were the major advancements used in Nova Scotia at this time. Nova Scotia was the main large supplier of Canadian coal up until 1945. Coal mining reached its peak just before the 1950's. 

The above picture shows two workers shovelling coal, taken in 1953.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Museum Selfie Day January 21, 2015

It's baaaack! #MuseumSelfie day - January 21, 2015
Whether you work in a museum, are a museum mascot or one of the lovely visitors - post your pictures using #MuseumSelfie!  Feel free to follow @MuseumSelfieDay on Twitter.
Don't forget to tag @museumsontario and @backuspagehouse! We look forward to seeing all of your selfies and representing Ontario Museums at this global event.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Media Monday

Happy Monday!

We have a variety of clubs being started in the month of January. 
The first was discussed on January 5th - the Textile Arts Club. 
The second club that we have organized is called the Family History Club. 
This club will be hosted here at the Backus-Page House Museum starting on 
Tuesday January 27th, 2015. 
And continuing on the FOURTH (last) Tuesday of every month.
The purpose of this club is to provide support, resources and expertise in 
developing a knowledge of your personal Family History. 
Each month a different resource at the museum will be offered to the guests to use, 
for example: the scanner, resource library, ancestry technology, computers and tablets. 
Beginners, intermediate, and expert family history enthusiasts are all welcome!
Meetings are $5.00 each or FREE with a membership to the Backus-Page House Museum.
Coffee, Tea and Water will be available. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Behind The Scenes Sundays

Found this in the drafts folder from early December 2014, but wanted to publish it anyway. An amusing story is still amusing even after a month.  Sorry for the delay!  by Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager

What a windy week!  Monday afternoon, the hydro kept going off, so we called it an early day because the computers, heat and lights wouldn't stay on.  Good thing we left when we did, because shortly after Sarah and I left the museum the entire area was without hydro.  I couldn't get gas in Dutton and West Lorne was out when I got home.  I assumed everyone's power was back on, but boy was I wrong.  
Tuesday afternoon I arrived at the museum to find out we still didn't have electricity, which also means no heat.  It really was an 1850's afternoon.  I had a meeting with one of our funders who is very impressed with our new media project that adds video, social media, and QR codes to the museum and grounds.  David did some bookkeeping and we joked he was using an abacus to calculate since the battery died on his laptop.  The very nice gentleman from HydroOne took a walk through the park to see if one of the trees was the cause of Lakeview Line's outage, but the lines were fine and no trees were down.  We again called it an early day and stopped at Tall Tales Cafe for the mail, hot chocolate, and some raffle ticket sales.