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Wednesday April 30th, 2014

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John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area as seen on Google Streetview

As summer gets closer, the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area is now open five days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 4pm, and they have a full spring schedule tap.

On May 1st, the Homestead is opening a new exhibit on the History of Tourism, on loan from the Archives of Ontario. This exhibit includes local content about summer residents along the shore of Lake Erie in addition to materials from the provincial archives.

On Sunday, May 4th, the Friends of the Homestead will host their annual yard sale. “The sale features something for everyone – treasures big and small,” said Janet Cobban, Homestead curator. “Donations are greatly appreciated and are still being accepted.” All proceeds directly support the operation of the Homestead and its programs. Volunteers have already amassed collectible vinyl records with their original sleeves and band posters, beautiful glassware, furniture and more. The Friends of the Homestead is an active volunteer group that assists the museum with everything from gardening and lawn maintenance to fund raising and interpreting at special events.

As well, two new arrivals have found their way to the Homestead this spring. An antique hammer dulcimer has been recently donated to the museum’s permanent collection and adorns the parlour of the 1842 home. “We are researching this unique musical instrument from the 1850’s and hope to have it in playable condition this summer,” Cobban added. Just as exciting for the museum is the recent arrival of a Passenger Pigeon. On loan from a private collection, this rare taxidermy specimen will reside at the Homestead through 2014 as the Conservation Authority interprets the 100th anniversary of the extinction of this remarkable bird. ERCA is using the story of the Passenger Pigeon, once the most abundant bird in North America, to emphasize the importance of modern conservation efforts. With the support of TD Friends of the Environment, a Passenger Pigeon exhibit will travel throughout the region this year.

The Homestead is located at 915 County Road 50, at the corner of Iler Road. For more information you can call them at 519-738-2029 or email [email protected]

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