The volunteers of the Paris Museum & Historical Society collect, preserve and interpret artifacts from Paris' heritage to display and share with the public for instruction and enjoyment.
Through our collections, special events, education programmes, media communications, and related activities, we strive to educate and entertain individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve.
"By striving to enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the senses, we believe that we will inspire participants, including the next generation of museum goers and historical enthusiasts.”
Admittance to our exhibits is by donation. The Paris Museum & Historical Society is an entirely volunteer-run organization and we rely on donations from the members of our community to keep our lights on and our doors open. Any donation of $10 or more is tax deductible, this includes any in-kind donations of supplies for the museum, archive, or society. Just keep your purchase receipts, and submit them to our treasurer
Hilary Wrathall for a charity receipt. Monetary donations are always appreciated.
Donations can be made with a credit card payment through paypal, in person at the Paris Museum & Historical Society during regular opening hours or by mail.
Paris Museum & Historical Society
66 Grand River St. N. Paris, ON N3L 2M2
If you would like to contribute an artifact to the collection, we can take donations at the museum during regular opening hours, or by appointment. If you'd like to donate an item but aren't sure whether it fits our mandate then simply get in touch to ask.
Historic Walking Tours
at St. James Anglican Church, 8 Burwell St, Paris, ON. Meet by the front door of the church.
tours start at the Syl Apps Centre, 51 William Street, Paris, ON. Meet in the lobby.
In the 1920s and 1930s airships were the ultimate in long distance air travel offering a degree of luxury far beyond the imagination of today’s airline
passengers. This talk traces the development of the airship from the first flight of a gas filled balloon in the late 18th century to the disaster which
ended the romance of the airship in the mid-20th century. It is presented in a non-technical manner and includes the story of the R-100 airship’s visit
to Canada during which it flew over Toronto and the Niagara area.
The talk will end with a glimpse of current and future uses of airships.
This film presents a sobering examination of how German patriotism during the Great War (1914-1918) brought about great sorrow to a young man who
often witnessed the deaths of his comrades in arms. Ultimately he perished as well during the last minutes of what is presented to have been a foolish
and useless war.
It is often believed by Canadians that the KKK was an American phenomenon that was largely only present in the southern United States. That, however,
was not the case. The Klan was active during the 1920s and 1930s throughout most of English Canada where it directed its hatred against Jews, Catholics,
Chinese and especially Blacks. It was present in much of Ontario including Paris and it played an important part in defeating a Liberal government in
Saskatchewan in 1929. Special attention will be given to a case of the Klan’s racial intolerance in Oakville that marked the highpoint of KKK activities
in Canada and ultimately weakened the movement.
This 1915 silent movie is often regarded as having been responsible for the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan with its outrageous racism, in part because it
was endorsed by President Woodrow Wilson, a supposed "Liberal Democrat."
He said, "It is like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is it's so terribly true."
By the mid-1850s the telegraph was well established in both Europe and North America but news could only cross the Atlantic Ocean as fast as the
ships of the day could carry it. Under water cables had proven practical in crossing the English Channel between Britain and Europe and a plan was devised
to lay a transatlantic cable between Ireland and Newfoundland. By 1858 this had been achieved but the cable failed after only two weeks. In 1866 a new
cable had been laid by what was then the biggest ship in the world, Brunel’s Great Eastern.
The talk, which is non-technical, tells the stories of the
cable itself and of the Great Eastern, the largest sailing ship ever built.
Why Shoot the Teacher? is both a grim and amusing moving picture that deals with the life of a young male teacher and the people he meets in a
Saskatchewan community during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Fortunately it does not manifest the bitterness of the book on which it is based.
- hosted by Jim Penton
The Paris Museum & Historical Society,
Syl Apps Community Centre,
51 William Street,
(Enter directly from the parking lot)
Admission to lectures and movies is free. Donations would be appreciated.
We offer membership to the Museum & Historical Society at the rates of $35 per person, $45 for a family or $25 for a student/senior.
Membership perks include:
Research in the museum archives
Access to the Paris Museum & Historical Society's library
Invitations to special events
A vote at our Annual General Meeting
Corporate sponsorships start at $150 and include:
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