The hands-off observation of a museum exhibition of old gadgets obviously designed to do something is likely to leave the curious on-looker with an unfulfilled urge to set moving parts in motion. However, visitors to the “Gadgets & Gizmos” exhibition at the Elgin County Museum can satisfy that inclination. They are invited to touch and operate several of the artifacts in this show of “labour-saving, time-saving and just plain inventive machines and contraptions of the 19th century”.
Elgin County Museum To Show “There Never was an Arrow” on Avro Arrow “Black Friday” Anniversary Feb 20th
In 1914, our boys marched off to war. Their battle cry was “We’ll be back by Christmas.”
We all know that the boys did not return for Christmas with their families. On the Western Front, there had been one million casualties and the fast battles of the summer had turned to slow mud-filled trenches of stagnation. Slowly everyone became aware that this was going to be a long war with many more millions yet to die.
Starting on Christmas Eve, many troops sang Christmas carols across the lines, and at spots brass bands joined in their joyous singing.
Railway Heritage panels have appeared in recent months over the east-side windows of the MCRR locomotive repair shops in St. Thomas – the makeover which has attracted appreciative attention is just a hint of the transformation planned for the building in the next five to ten years.
It has been an exciting twelve months for the Elgin County Railway Museum (ECRM) which is based in the shops, with the 25th anniversary of that organization last year and the MCRR shops 100th anniversary celebration on September 20th, 2014. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, special guest speakers, music and silent auction along with some significant announcements.