Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Westfield Heritage Village ~ MUSEUM MONTH OF MAY ~ The New Scoop

Ontario is celebrating MUSEUM MONTH in May! We are fortunate to share with you just a few of the amazing insights from our friend at Westfield Heritage Village, Rondalyn Brown; Manager. The focus of the “SCOOP” today is about the “Importance of Living History and Museums”. As I like to phrase it … “Reflections of the past … Hope for our future!”
Judi "Scoop" McWilliams ~ Ontario Visited
Rondalyn Brown ~ Westfield Heritage Village
Westfield Heritage Village ~ Family Fun!
Our SCOOP continues with Rondalyn who shares with us …
An average of 40,000 visitors come to Westfield each year for a wide range of programs, and of these, nearly 12,000 are students.  The museum’s current audience reflects the rich cultural and economic diversity of the surrounding areas of Hamilton, Kitchener, Toronto, Niagara, Brantford, Cambridge, and Burlington, as well as visitors from across the country and internationally.  Visitors to Westfield include seniors, teens, children, and families - all experiencing Westfield to learn from the museum’s rich assets and programming. The museum also benefits from a wide range of community partners, who come to Westfield to contribute to programming, carry out research and use meeting space.  More than 400 volunteers make a range of valuable contributions to Westfield year round, with several hundred more volunteers participating in special events and projects.
Westfield’s unparalleled collection of architectural holdings makes it a unique destination and resource for the large and diverse audience it serves.  Nearly forty historic structures, including rare historic homes, businesses, agricultural and manufacturing buildings ranging from the late 1700s through to the early 1900s, have been preserved at the museum. The rich artifact collection used to furnish these buildings is from throughout Southern Ontario, and serves to vividly illustrate the environments of early Ontario.
Visitors are able to enter these buildings and immerse themselves in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of earlier times. Authentically costumed interpreters in these buildings illustrate historical themes through period activities and demonstrations. Historic buildings of note include the 1793 Queen’s Rangers log cabin, believed to be one of the oldest preserved log structures in Ontario, and the c1810 Westbrook Home, historically significant in that it was originally situated at the site of the 1814 Battle of Malcolm’s Mills, the last land battle of the War of 1812.”
Re-enactor sharing stories with Judi "Scoop" McWilliams ~ Ontario Visited
Westfield Heritage Village

Finally, if you wish to enjoy more, you can check out our other Ontario Visited websites “WAR OF 1812 CELEBRATIONS”; Ontario Heritage Visited; Ontario Attractions Visited and Ontario Communities Visited to catch up on some “MUSEUMS”, “National and Ontario Historical Sites”, “Battle Re-enactments”, Pioneer Villages, Attractions and “Living History” articles.
“Living History” is ‘ALIVE” in Ontario. You can even check out our Ontario Fairs Visited articles. Agriculture itself it “history” and it most definitely is “living”! We encourage you, your families, and your neighbours to embrace all that Ontario has to offer during this MUSEUM MONTH of May and throughout the entire year! Enjoy!

We welcome you to check out the schedule of events, programming and activities Westfield Heritage Village at http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/welcome-to-westfield-heritage-village.

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