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VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Sir Sam Hughes Exhibit
A major exhibit about one of the area`s most famous people, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. His uniform is now at the Conservation Institute in Ottawa or restoration and will be a centrepiece of the exhibit - as will two large paintings of Hughes from the War Museum in Ottawa. We have just received full size exact reproductions to keep here. The exhibit will also feature Hughes artifacts and documents/photos; and tour after its run in the museum, which begins in early fall.
Newly Donated Items to our Military Collection1917 Victory Bonds pin Three War Medals
Community ProfileAll of the above enhances our visibility in the community, but we don’t stop there.
we have had good coverage in the newspapers, radio and television from the Christmas House Tour to the present. A simple photo in Kawartha Lakes This Week prior to Family Day resulted in over 100 visitors on Family Day alone and donated admissions. Cogeco Cable has often featured the museum and VCHS events in its Around the Town program on Lindsay cable, and we are about to film a series of “Museum Moments” for broadcast regularly on Cogeco. We will also embark on a new round of media events as our new exhibits and programs open.
we are working with Settler’s Village in Bobcaygeon on a special program and display on Settler’s Day, with Heritage Victoria on Honouring the Past, with the Legion, the Art Gallery and Library. I have spoken to such groups as Rotary, the Flying Club, and Kawartha Antique Power. We have joined such organizations as The Canadian Club and Ontario Archeological Society, and lets us attend conferences such as the Ontario Museum Association – all to spread the word about our activities.
Visual Identity/logo/website –
While the ‘jail’ roots of our building will always be part of our displays and exhibits, our name convinces many people we are simply a museum about jails - they are unaware we in fact are the community museum for the Kawartha Lakes area. We have contacted the firm of PB&J to look at all aspects of branding - redesigning our website to give more information and make it more interactive and interesting, perhaps even changing our name and logo - all to better reflect who we are, what we have and what we do.