Magazine puts WHAM in spotlight

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The Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum has been recognized in the prestigious Canadian Antiques and Vintage magazine, formerly known at The Upper Canadian.

The museum at 159 Nichol St. in Waterford was featured in a two-page spread in the November-December 2018 issue.

The magazine detailed how a former canning factory was transformed into the museum in 1985, and noted that WHAM has an extensive collection of nearly 50,000 artifacts and archival documents.

The article focused on the Potters of Brant and Norfolk exhibit, which continues until Jan. 11. It includes information about the history of potters and pottery in Brant and Norfolk counties. The museum’s exhibit has 108 stunning pieces of pottery, on loaned from other museums and private collections throughout Southern Ontario. Six pieces are shown in closeup photos.

To have achieved such recognition is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of curator James Christison, assistant curator Catherine Caughell and WHAM’s advisory committee and multitude of volunteers. The museum is highly regarded for its quality and variety of exhibits and programs throughout the year.

Currently, there is an outstanding display of First World War Red Cross quilts gathered from across Ontario. The Quilting for a Cause: Red Cross Quilts of the Great War exhibit, co-curated by Heather Smith, brings together 20 of hundreds of quilts that were made during the First World War and even some in the Second World War.

The quilts are part of the often overlooked part played in the wars by women, who did all they could to support those fighting overseas. As explained in a recent article in The Pickle Press, the quarterly WHAM newsletter, those at home experienced hardship and sacrifices. Under the co-ordination of the Canadian Red Cross, communities were provided with initiatives to aid the war effort. Women’s groups filled care parcels, knitted socks and raised money to purchase equipment for hospitals and battlefields overseas.

One initiative was the Red Cross quilts that saw people would pay a nickel to have their name embroidered on a fabric quilt block. The blocks were assembled by hand and machine in various patterns and stitched into quilts. Most had a red-and-white theme, with crosses. When complete, the quilt was auctioned to raise additional funds.

Community response to the quilt exhibit has been outstanding. Hundreds of people posted about the exhibit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This exhibit is open until Feb. 15.

WHAM is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 519-443-4211 or check out www.waterfordmuseum.ca as well as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other media to find information about these exhibits and what’s planned for 2019.

Carol Steedman is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. Readers can contact her at goffsteedman@execulink.com.

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