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New exhibition opens June 7

By Rachel Garber

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Its annual general meeting had one sad moment, but many happy ones. The Eaton Corner Museum members met on May 24 to take stock of the past year, and elect new board members. Eighteen of the 68 members were present at the assembly in the Museum's former Congregational church.

They were seated on old church pews, surrounded by newly mounted displays. The displays are part of the "A Tale of the Townships" exhibition that opens on June 7.

The sad moment was one of silence to honour directors and members who passed away in the recent past. President Marc Nault noted that two of them, Charles Bury last February and Richard Faubert in 2012, were key promoters of the Eaton Corner Museum's new direction. In addition to the new exhibition, it purchased the Foss House, situated beside the Congregational church. This historic building will be the welcome centre. It will have facilities for handicapped persons, and parking for buses. On the second floor will be secure storage space for the Museum's collection. The Foss House will open a few weeks later than the new exhibition, said Nault.

The happy moments celebrated these new developments, after a year of hard work. Plus, the reports noted their new website, New heritage gardens behind the Foss House. William Stone's Leg, with four sold-out performances. And a boxful of valuable Compton County and Donald Morrison archives, just received from Thomas Mckay in Washington DC.

"It's a lot of work, but I think our culture is worth it," said Nault.

"If you do nothing else, cultivate storytelling. It's wonderful what a good storyteller can do." That's what Dick Evans advised. The role of a local museum is "to create a sense of community identity for people, and to turn that into a story."

Evans was the main speaker of the evening, and his topic was "The joys and challenges of preserving local history." Evans was the founding president of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, of which the Eaton Corner Museum is a member.

Elected for a two-year term were six board members: Marc Nault, Holly McMillan, Serena Wintle, Claudia Racine, Steve Lepitre and Chantal Bolduc. Currently serving a two-year term ending in 2015 are Mario Santerre, Keith Bennett, Jacqueline Hyman, Elaine Lebourveau and Sharon Moore. "Now we have two board members under the age of 40," Nault said happily. He also gave special thanks to past president Pat Boychuck, who has just retired from the board.

The Eaton Corner Museum is at 374 Route 253. It's opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry fees are adults $8, seniors $6, children $4, and families $20 maximum. For information or group reservations, contact 819-875-5256 or

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