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May is Museum Month Contest Winners!

May is Museum Month Contest Winners! Over the course of the May we gave away 10 family admission passes to Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, ON and Lang Pioneer Village in Keene, ON in three separate drawings. Entries were gathered from likes and shares of our Facebook contest posts.  Here is video of the draws: Congratulations to all ten of our winners: Andrea Butcher Milne; Laura Love; Dakota Russell; Danielle Beaudin-Lawrence; Shari Bryden; Alissa Brennan; Alicia Robson Lawrence; Laura Hutchinson; Ian Stock; and Amanda Bain. If you are listed above and have not yet made arrangements to claim your prize, please call Glanmore at 613-962-2329. Thanks to everybody that participat
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Staff Pick Video: Harp Lute

Watch Weekend Receptionist, Mary Jane, as she describes her artifact pick: a mid-19th century harp lute from the Couldery collection. This artifact is an ebonized harp-lute with gilt tracery in a floral decoration with 14 strings. The harp-lute is also called the dital harp. An invention of Edward Light of London in the late 18th century, the harp-lute was designed in an attempt to revive the popularity of the guitar. The music, which is on display with the harp-lute in the drawing room, was published by the Wheatstone Company of London, England. This harp-lute has 14 strings. When the key is worked by the thumb, the strings are shortened, giving a different tone.
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Staff Pick Video: Stereographoscope

Watch Education and Marketing Coordinator, Melissa, as she describes her artifact pick: a stereographoscope from the Regional Collection. The stereographoscope was a very popular household item in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1900 it is estimated that every household would have had a stereoscope. The bottom section with two lenses is the stereoscope, used for viewing 3D images. The larger lense on the top is the graphoscope, which is a magnifying glass set into the wooden frame to enhance images such as cartes de visite. The top of the stereographoscope lifts up into viewing position, which allows a card or small early photograph to be inserted below the glass for viewing. Cards with two
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When Life Gives You Lemons…

When Life Gives You Lemons… Make Lemon Curd! Delicious, tangy and creamy lemon curd. Just thinking about it can make your mouth water. This bright yellow spread is always popular when served with scones at Glanmore’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea and Tour. In the late 19th and 20th century lemon curd was traditionally spread over scones during afternoon tea as an alternative to jam.  It was also used as a filling for tarts and pies.  Recipes for lemon curd appear in several cookbooks in the 1840s and 1850s but it was probably made by home cooks long before these early cookbooks existed.    The Lady’s Own Cookery Book (1844) features a curd recipe that used the acidity of th
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Staff Pick Video: Charcoal Iron

Watch as Museum Technician, Dave, talks about his pick: a late 19th century charcoal iron. This artifact is a charcoal iron from the late 19th century. The charcoal iron is a self-heating iron that allows for continuous use. Unlike the sadiron, which was heated externally on a stove and which required frequent stops to switch off bases that became too cool, the charcoal iron provided a continuous source of heat which allowed for fewer interruptions when ironing. The inside of the iron is hollow, which allowed the user to burn coal inside the iron to generate heat. A damper at the back of the iron helps to control airflow. This useful household tool was available to be purchased through mail
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