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October 12, 2023

Grey Highlands Museum officially re-opens

Grey Highlands Museum Re-Opening Ceremony

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — On Friday, October 6, the Grey Highlands Museum held a Grand Re-Opening. Councillors and Museum Board members collected at the entrance to the museum to officially open the re-imagined facility. The ceremony included messages from Mayor Paul McQueen, who said that "the new name is a reflection of the rich culture and heritage of the area," and that the museum "boasts a fresh new look."

Peter Whitehead, Curator of the Grey Highlands Museum

The new look is the work of Curator Peter Whitehead, who remarked that "the community is going to power this museum." To put an exclamation point on that statement, the community was ever-present throughout the recently-renovated space, showing off the many displays and artifacts donated by local residents over the years.

Agnes Macphail display at the Grey Highlands Museum

Colleen Boer, a founding Museum Board member told the crowd about the efforts of local volunteers to rescue the institution many years ago. Another Museum Board member Stewart Halliday spoke of the celebration, claiming the day as "a rebirth of Grey Highlands and its museum."

Author and historian John Butler stood and waxed poetic. "We, the people, have made this thing called Grey Highlands," he said. "Almost 20 years ago, this museum nearly died, but a few people got together to save it."

Telegraph office at the Grey Highlands Museum

As for the building interior itself, the new look is efficiently laid out and easy to navigate with interesting stories and fascinating memorabilia around every corner.

Community Gallery at the Grey Highlands Museum

Of special interest to local residents is the Community Gallery where local family stories are told and added to regularly.

Curator Peter Whitehead welcomes everyone to come and experience the new look and celebrate why you live here.


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