The Paris Museum strives to inform and educate the public about the history of Paris, its buildings and families. However, some people, such as seniors, may not be able to come to the museum. So the museum comes to them.
The volunteers that are involved in our Outreach program visit Telfer Place on Grand River Street in Paris, Tranquility Place in Brantford and starting in March will visit Park Lane Terrace, also on Grand River Street in Paris.
The presentations may include videos about the Penmans factories, farming in the area and parades and events in 1940s Paris. Outreach volunteers also bring artifacts to show during presentations. The Museum has a traveling “What’s This” box. Seniors can look at and handle objects from the box while trying to guess what the objects were used for. Some volunteers bring storyboards about topics like the Coronation of Elizabeth II or Prohibition.
The presentations are informative and cover topics like how the cobblestone houses unique to our area were built and how exclusive miniatures depicting those cobblestone buildings, on display in our museum, are made.
The presentations also often evoke memories for the seniors who attend. For instance, a PMHS video showing interviews with area farmers brought back vivid memories of growing up on farms or owning farms for some seniors who attended a recent presentation. And they happily shared their memories with others who attended.
If you are interested in helping with the Outreach program, or would like more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Outreach Program Co-ordinator will also have a sign-up sheet at PMHS’s upcoming Annual General Meeting and will be available to answer questions at that time. The AGM will be held on Sunday, February 25th starting at 2 pm.
– Ursula O’Brien