SOUTH GREY MUSEUM & HISTORICAL LIBRARY
The Grey Highlands' South Grey Museum hosts a community history collection representing the settlement and development of Southern Grey County. The museum seeks to tell local stories from a vast collection of artifacts. Rotating exhibits offer opportunities to view history through the objects and stories of people from early eras in our community. A large collection of family genealogical records, local history books and other pertinent resources as well as photographs are available for research purposes.< A VIEW TO THE PAST: Former residents check out an image from the 1929 Old Home Week.
The South Grey Museum is a purpose-built facility which opened in 1974. Begun by volunteers, it went through stages of oversight - from the Village of Flesherton to the Township of Artemesia when it amalgamated with the village. Currently, the museum is a municipally-run facility overseen by the Municipality of Grey Highlands and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and a part-time Curator.
SCHOOL GROUP ADVENTURE: Children from Macphail Memorial check out the Museum. >
Offering a visitor information centre for visitors to the area, the museum has a welcoming atmosphere and assists many residents and visitors alike to find their own stories and begin their own adventures in the pioneering community of South Grey.
School groups and special interest groups are welcome to attend the museum for a small admission price. Local organizations like Heritage Grey Highlands hold their meetings at the museum.
STUDENT GROUP AT PLAY: The Museum has plenty of items to engage school groups.>
The museum offers group tours and maintains an Heritage Herb garden on-site in Memorial Park. The Heritage Herb Garden has benefited from funds from the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce through grants to re-do the paths (2014) and install an interpretive sign (2015). This garden project is also linked with the Markdale Community Garden, where local residents have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own food in a supported social atmosphere.
The museum is located beside the village's Memorial Park, where the local cenotaph commemorates those lost in the World Wars. The local Flesherton-Markdale Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333 hosts a community Remembrance Day Service for the village every year at the site, while the museum exhibits a new war memorial exhibitdisplay annually in partnership with the Legion and a local amateur historian and author.
In 2015, the South Grey Museum Curator made a presentation to the Ontario Museum Association, outlining the many changes and growth of the museum over the past few years. In a presentation entitled "Adventures Outside the Box", the Curator spoke of the increase in programming at the museum with the addition of a Speakers Series from April to November every year and the creation of a Friends of the South Grey Museum group, which has taken on fundraising, special events and community outreach through active volunteers in the community.
The Museum Board is currently undertaking Strategic Plan development and policy review under the direction of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to meet provincial standards. This will continue to keep the South Grey Museum fresh and responsive to community stories and values. Watch for community engagement meetings in fall 2016.
We are always looking for new and authentic opportunities to be involved in the Grey Highlands community and beyond. If you think we can provide a service to your group, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The South Grey Museum is owned and operated by the Municipality of Grey Highlands. Our community volunteer board and our Friends of the Museum group as well as residents and visitors alike are thankful to the continued support and encouragement from our municipal politicians and government. Thanks Grey Highlands for keeping our local history, heritage and culture alive and well and leading us into a prosperous future!!
The Grey Highlands Public Library, in partnership with the South Grey Museum, Municipality of Grey Highlands and Markdale Communications launched a new community cultural cable channel in January 2016 on local CABLE 251. This initiative, funded through a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the government of the Province of Ontario, has increased access and promotion of local cultural attractions, events and community groups. The channel is available to Markdale Communications customers and at various public viewing locations in the museum, library branches and municipal facilities. Submissions of single event slides and videos are welcome through the Grey Highlands Public Library (some restrictions apply). Volunteers were also offered training in video production and editing in a 6-week course in the late winter/spring of 2016. Video equipment is available through the libraries by special arrangement and editing software and library staff assistance is available to groups wishing to create their own videos or slide content to promote their events.
The South Grey Museum, in partnership with the Grey Highlands Public Library and the Municipality of Grey Highlands, assisted in the coordination of a Cultural Development Fund grant from 2014 to 2016. This library-led project saw the museum and library review their governance, with a view to working more closely together toward enhanced cultural awareness and programming in the community. Cultural Roundtables were held to discuss various opportunities from promoting local events through social media to authoring community development grants. A Volunteer Governance Summit was held in April 2016 with many local and regional groups learning more about effective volunteer boards to build local community capacity in the volunteer sector. Resources from the roundtable and skills training are now available through the local public library staff. The partners gratefully acknowledge the support of the Province of Ontario through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport.
Also supported by provincial funding was a Creative Communities Prosperity Fund grant, which was coordinated by the museum in 2012-13. This project, in partnership with the Grey Highlands Public Library was a Municipality of Grey Highlands initiative, which saw the museum overseeing the development of an online map of local cultural assets at http://www.visitgreyhighlands.ca. The museum partnered with the library staff to upload this local site, with the Virtual Branch Librarian Stephen Wood managing the content. Later museum summer students and individuals have assisted in updating the site - which is still filling out to become a robust local resource.
The museum also worked closely with Saugeen Economic Development Corporation to create a Cultural Plan for the community of Grey Highlands. The completed document is available at the municipal website atOther cultural resources were developed, including location maps for municipal facilities and an updated Community Profile. A new Community Profile is underway again for completion in 2016.
The Place for All Seasons
The South Grey Museum & Historical Library is supported by funding from the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce through special grant applications and an annual contribution to support programming and curatorial efforts from The Margaret Norquay Endowment Fund.
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