Community Curator

Rooted in Agriculture and Education

This exhibit explores the history of the famous Rockton World’s Fair. The fair has been an integral part of Southern The exhibition also explores the work of the Rockton Agricultural Society. Find out about the Annual Dinner Theatre productions, where guests enjoy home-cooked food and home-grown humor performed by local actors. Ontario history, and continues to be a thanksgiving weekend favourite. After the 1878 Rockton fair, host Andrew Kernighan and a group of newspaper men reminisced about the show, all agreeing that there was no finer a fair. Jokingly, Andrew’s wife Jane said it should be called the World’s Fair since all the world comes to visit. The newspaper editors and journalists agreed and the next day each of the newspapers titled the show “The World’s Fair at Rockton.”

Discover the Society’s Education initiative that brings elementary schools to tour the fairgrounds and learn about agriculture through live demonstrations and hands-on experiences. The community curators behind this exhibition hope to teach museum visitors about the local men and women that participate in the Society, united by their livelihoods, their heritage in a rural community, and passion for country, education, and agriculture.

Dundas and Kaga: 50 Years of Friendship

 In 1968, Dundas and Kaga Japan, became the first twinning of eastern and western communities. It has since become the longest lasting exchange programme in the world. Started after World War II, this grass roots programme began as an exchange of letters between Dundas Mayor Leslie Couldry, Dr. Hannah Newcombe, and Kaga Mayor Higashino. Their aim was not only to allow students to experience a different culture, but also to promote cross-cultural understanding and world peace.

Since that first exchange over 40 years ago, the two communities have continued to build and strengthen their ties one student at a time. The exhibit will highlight the relationship between
the two communities and display the beautiful collection of Hina-matsuri dolls recently donated to the Museum.


Do you have a story to tell or a collection to share with the public? If so, you should consider becoming a Community Curator!

Our collections management team will bring out the curator in you! Individuals, classes, families, and organizations are all welcome to participate. We will help you present your treasures in a professional manner and publicize your exhibit, so you can invite your friends and family. The Dundas Museum & Archives is your community museum and we want you to be a part of the action!

Contact Exhibitions Coordinator Austin Strutt at 905.627.7412 or email from the contact page for more information.