Monday, September 15, 2014

Media Mondays

The Heritage Farm Show 2014

The Heritage Farm Show this year went extremely well. 
We had exhibitors, vendors and collections from all across the county 
here at the Backus-Page House Museum.
Exhibits of all different makes and models of tractors lined the back field
as well as a variety of large antique farm machinery!

Please see some of the images below outlining the 2014 Heritage Farm Show!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Service Saturday- Kim Lundberg

This weeks service Saturday features Kim Lundberg from London.  Kim is a member of the Upper Canada Woodland Allies (formerly known as the British Native Allies). The Upper Canada Woodland Allies came to a reenactment in 2001 or 2002 where they camped by the cliff with other indigenous peoples and voyageurs. Kim has been coming to the museum ever since, which means he has been volunteering with the museum for 12-13 years. Kim helps out with reenactments and education days, such as day camp. Kim enjoys the site, the quiet, the morning birds, the flora and fauna, the staff, the organizers and volunteers (who he finds to be very friendly and helpful). He also likes having the opportunity to give input on things such as possibilities to improve events, particularly the length of time spent talking to a group of students, the campsite, the parks etc. The opportunity to help portray history, reenact and talk to various people about indigenous oral history is a major aspect as to why the Backus-Page House Museum is one of Kims favourite sites, he says he loves visiting! 
Thank you Kim for everything you do for the Museum!
Kim giving a presentation at day camp

Backus-Page House Museum

Friday, September 12, 2014

Foodie Friday- Cherry-Pecan Crumble

Cherry- Pecan Crumble
Cherry Pie Filling:
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. minute tapioca
  • 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract 
  • 6 cups pitted tart red cherries 
  • 1 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans 
Heavy cream, whipped cream or ice cream

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, tapioca and nutmeg. Add the almond extract, cherries, combine thoroughly. Allow the mixture to stand for 10 minutes, then pour into a 9 x 13 inch greased baking dish.
  2. Make the topping: In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the chopped pecans and spoon the topping over the cherry mixture, spreading it out evenly. Bake the crumble for 1 hour, or until it is bubbling and the top is golden.
  3. Serve slightly warm with heavy cream, whipped cream or ice cream. 
Serves 8-10 
Recipe from "Marcia Adams' Heirloom Recipes". 
Kelsey Conway
Backus Page House  Museum

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Love the 50's - Dances

The 1850's was known as the romantic era for music. The most popular and common dances during this time included the waltz, the polka and the galop. The waltz was a big deal because it was known as a 'closed' couples dance. This meant that the couple would dance arm and arm. The waltz changed the way couples danced together. The polka was most popular in the 1840's and continued its popularity through to the 50's. The galop was also a couples dance, the couple would slide sideways down the dance floor. 

The 1950's had dances that included the cha-cha, swing, and the hand jive. The cha-cha was a very popular dance at night clubs during the 1950's. Swing is one of the dances from the fifties that is still practiced today. The hand jive could be done to any up beat song. The hand jive is one of the few dances you can do sitting down because the dance is a variety of hand and arm movements. This dances was also featured in the movie "Grease". 

The hand jive
Backus-Page House Museum

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Toolbox Tuesday - Hay Implements

Hay Implements 


    There were many different implements that were used to harvest hay, they include a hay knives, hay spades, sickles and reaping hooks. The hay knife was wide and heavy and had a blade on the outer edge of the knife. The hay knife did not reap hay, it was used to cut out portions from the stack. Similarly, the hay spade did the same thing although it was also used to cut pumpkins when they were used as animal food. Pumpkin stalks tended to choke animals therefore the pumpkins needed to be cut from the stock and the stocks destroyed. The reaping hook, which was designed in the late 1700's was used until sickles were created during the later half of the 1850's when the art of cutting gave way to the art of slashing. Reaping hooks were larger and the blade was smooth compared to sickles which were smaller than reaping hooks and had a serrated blade. Sickles were used with the aid of a hay crook.

Hay Fork

Come out to the Heritage Farm Show at the Backus-Page House on September 13th and 14th to see our antique hay implements and other farm tools featured on our Toolbox Tuesdays


Monday, September 8, 2014

Media Monday

Happy Monday Everyone!

This Monday I will be discussing our upcoming event this coming weekend - 
The Heritage Farm Show. 
The Farm Show takes place on September 13th and 14th, 2014. 
Each day over the weekend the grounds are open from 10am to 4pm. 
Admission to the event is $6 per person and children under the age of 12 are free!
We have a variety of vendors, exhibitors, farm equipment and tractors displayed all over the grounds at the Backus-Page House Museum. 
The Pierce Family Band is playing on the grounds for the entire weekend. 
The Barn and the House will both be open for tours! 
New exhibitors are always welcome - if you are interested in having a display at the event or are interested in tickets please call the Carriage House at 519-762-3072!

Below is a video showcasing Work Horses 
from our 2013 Heritage Farm Show!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Behind the Scenes Sundays

Good afternoon!

Sarah, David and I are already a bit lonely now that Catie, Kelsey, Ali, and Melanie have returned to school.  Luckily we have had lots of helpers on site this week completing projects such as Allan and Corey with the new Community Compost bin sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Fund, Martin putting in a new (old) window for added light in the barn, and Susan who manned the museum Friday morning for us.  Many hands make light work and we appreciate each of you. 

Embedded image permalinkNew window inside the barn. 

Things are shaping up well as we get closer to next weekend's Heritage Farm Show.  See the details of the event below.  Three new pieces arrived this past week for our barn collection.  A corn binder was donated by Marianne Vergeer, a potato digger from Joe Collins, and Doug and Beverly Small dropped by with a washing machine from Thomas Brothers Limited, St. Thomas.  I am looking forward to doing a bit of research on each of these items, but for now here are pictures of a couple of them. 

Embedded image permalink  Corn Binder

 Embedded image permalink side view Thomas Bros. Washing Machine

As you can see the washing machine is in need of a new metal bottom and four legs to display properly and possibly use as an education piece.  If you're somewhat handy, please contact me to volunteer for this project.  Angela Bobier 519-762-3072 

See you all next Saturday and Sunday!  Bring a car full of family and friends to Backus-Page House Museum, 29424 Lakeview Line, Wallacetown

Admission $6, Age 12 and under free.


Throughout the day: wagon rides, agricultural horse demonstrations, antique vehicles and equipment,  crafter’s, tours of museum, wood stove cooking, saw demonstrations, barn exhibit. “Celebrate Volunteers” Exhibit, market, and much more!  Kid's Quarter Carnival games!

10:00 a.m.: Gates Open
11:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.: Barbeque Lunch available for purchase, Bean Pot by donation
11:00 a.m.: Threshing
12:00-4:00 p.m.: Pierce Family Band
1:00 p.m. Tractor and Lawn Mower Races
1:30 p.m.: Threshing
2:30 p.m.: Parade of Power
3:15 p.m.: Tractor and Lawn Mower Races
3:30 p.m.: Threshing
3:45 p.m.: Children’s Scavenger Hunt for candy in the straw
4:00 p.m.: Baling Straw
5:00 p.m.: Potluck Dinner for Volunteers and Exhibitors Only


Throughout the day: wagon rides, agricultural horse demonstrations, antique vehicles and equipment,  crafter’s, tours of museum, wood stove cooking, saw demonstrations, barn exhibit. “Celebrate Volunteers” Exhibit, market, and much more!  Kid's Quarter Carnival games!

9:00 a.m.: Gates Open
9:00:a.m. – 11a.m.: Breakfast available for purchase
11:00 a.m.: Worship Service with Bill Denning and Sophie Gowan
11:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.: Barbeque Lunch available for purchase, Bean Pot by donation
11:30 p.m.: Threshing
12:00 -4:00 p.m.: Pierce Family Band
1:00 p.m.: Tractor and Lawn Mower Races
1:30 p.m.: Threshing
3:00 p.m.: Tractor and Lawn Mower Races
3:15 p.m.: Threshing
3:45 p.m.: Children’s Scavenger Hunt for candy in the straw - Baling straw
4:00 p.m.: Show closes