Dundas Cactus Festival and Parade

The Dundas Museum & Archives will once again be attending the Cactus Festival. This year our booth will be located in Memorial Square. Come say hi! The booth will feature an exhibit on the festival as well as the Museum’s history, and gift shop items will be for sale.

On Thursday, we will be showing off the newest addition to our colletion, a 1961 Thibault Pumper Fire Engine in the Cactus Festival Parade.

Three Artists for Jade Now Open

Three Artists for Jade is now open! The art show features several beautiful pieces, with all proceeds going towards health care treatments for a 3 year old girl named Jade. Come out to support this wonderful cause. Below is a description, submitted by her family:

Our beautiful little three year-old has a happy smile for all. The hard thing is that Jade was born with a very rare, spontaneous, genetic mutation called Aicardi Syndrome that only affects girls. This syndrome is marked by agenisis of the corpus callosum (partially formed only) and many seizures on a daily basis. These factors – especially the seizures – cause developmental delay in varying degrees. As a result, speaking and walking are major issues in her development. The medications that help to control, but not yet eliminate, her seizures are expensive. So too are the therapies that could help control the seizures and help to overcome the delay in walking. The therapies (acupuncture and a specialized physio-therapy called Move to Learn) are becoming prohibitive without financial help. That is why this Art for Jade fundraiser is so important and we thank you for your support.

Historic Bertram's 1904 Punching & Shearing Machine at the Museum!

On Monday, June 26th, a historic punching & shearing machine was installed at the corner of Park St. W & Albert St., in front of the Dundas Museum & Archives. It was made in Dundas by John Bertram & Sons Co. in 1904.

The machine was sold to Goldie McCulloch Co., now Babcocks & Wilcox Canada in Cambridge. It was used until the 1980’s, when it was relocated to Southworks Mall. The owner of the property donated the machine to the Museum.

Goldie McCulloch Co. originally made water wheels, flax mills, tannery machines, and boilers. The punching & shearing machine was used in their factory to cut metal pieces in order to build these products.

Plein Air by The Monday Painters Group

The fourth annual showing of Plein Air works by The Monday Painters Group opened in the Education Centre gallery on June 22. The show will be available until August 5.

All pieces in the show were painted on location and most are local scenes.The Monday Painters began about fifteen years ago when a group of eager students at the DVSA decided to meet and paint together outside of their classes. Over the years many other local artists heard about this gathering and asked to be included.The artists come from many local communities and there is a range of talent from professional to beginner, painting in pastels, water colours, acrylics and oils. The only requirement is a passion for the joy of painting outdoors and a desire to paint in the company of other like minded artists.

Seeing Our Country through the Eyes of Map - Makers.

Capture a glimpse of how early European explorers understood their new place in the world through the maps they left behind in Dr. Stephan Landis’ lecutre, Seeing Our Country through the Eyes of Map – Makers. The lecture will be on Thursday, June 8th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Dundas Museum & Archives.
Dr. Landis will be speaking about the fantastic maps in the current exhibit in our Education Centre, Telling Our Story Through Antique Maps: A Short Visual History. The exhibit will be available until June 19th.