|Will Baird, Manager, Fort Henry, St. Lawrence Parks Commission|
“EDUTAINMENT”… Looking towards the future … EXCITING NEWS from the “FORT”
Ontario Visited is extremely pleased to be working, this year, with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, including
and . For me, this past week
was truly enlightening, as I had the privilege of interviewing Mr.
Will Baird, Manager of Fort Henry - St. Lawrence
Parks Commission. Will shared some “Edutainment”
enthusiasm and excitement with us.
For those of you who are not familiar with the word “Edutainment”, I believe it
is the process of combing “EDUCATION with ENTERTAINMENT”. We will be posting Blog articles over
the next few weeks talking with Mr. Will Baird about: “Edutainment”;
“Why is history important!”, “Who said History was boring?”; “ The
Famous NEW, EXCITING Sunset Ceremony”; “Controversy … Historians, artifacts,
accuracy”; “Alive in Five” strategy: “The Trade Square”, “The most exciting Job
ever!”, “TOTAL GAME CHANGER” …and more!
We being our Journey … In keeping up with what is relevant in consumer consumption; innovative plans are in place at
The revitalization of the Fort is all part of an
“Alive in Five” strategy the St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s
mantra to become financially self-sufficient within five years. What that means to you, the visitor, and
consumer … “The upper fort now will be free for the public to enter”… “Waiting for new visitors is a wooden deck
that spans the inside walls and offers an unparalleled view of Fort Henry Lake Ontario
and the .
Tables and chairs for more than 100 people will be added where they can sample
light dishes and beverages. Some of the rooms that line the upper fort,
formerly offices, will be turned over to vendors who will turn each one into a
craft room. Tables will also be set up on the upper parade square, now to be
called The Trade Square, to hold
more items. The market will run from Sunday May 12, through September 14. “At
any given time as long as the fort is open, you will be able to walk in there,
free of admission charges, and go and browse the shops”. This area will be
a permanent little artisan market that includes jewelry, sculpture, paintings,
glassware and other crafts made from natural materials. Royal Military College
Don’t worry! …Mr. Baird tells me in part of our interview… It is important to continue to “get the historical message out there” … that it is not necessarily how the message is passed on, but, that it is passed on! Will states … "people can get caught up a lot in their efforts to be 100% accurate". Mr. Baird says that there can be cohesiveness between the reality of interpretation and true history enthusiasts.
’s core business is to
preserve millions of dollars of artifacts. Will Baird says that it is Fort Henry ’s goal to preserve the
core, but, they can spread the word, pass on the historical messages by
engaging people. Stay tuned for my upcoming Blogs,
Articles and Newsletters. In the
meantime, please check out Fort Henry website at (LINK) for the Sunset
Ceremony details; Upper Canada Village at (LINK) and the St.
Lawrence Parks Commission at (LINK). Fort Henry