Merrickville Blockhouse Museum closed for summer 2020 Season

With a view to keeping our volunteers, staff and visitors safe during this time of COVID-19, the Executive Committee of the Merrickville and District Historical Society has taken the decision not to operate the Blockhouse Museum for the 2020 summer season. The current guidelines set out by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit remain clear about the needs for social distancing and hygiene regimes that are not easy to implement at the Merrickville Blockhouse.

Now that the Province of Ontario is easing restrictions we will begin to understand better what the “new normal” may look like and we will be watching how other cultural institutions respond with a view to developing a plan for a 2021 season.

As part of our commitment to maintain physical distancing, we are also cancelling our monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020. We are hoping that we can re-schedule Jennifer Ferris of Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees at a later date. Her stories of tracking down heritage apple varieties throughout Lanark County and her efforts to save our heritage apple trees from extinction is an important one.

As always, we are looking for local historical content that we can share with our community. If you have a photo or information that would lend itself to a FaceBook or Twitter post, please let us know by contacting us at info@merrickvillehistory.org. We’re doing our best to keep our digital presence current – you can always check for current information at: Website: https://www.merrickvillehistory.org/ FaceBook: Merrickville and District Historical Society Twitter: @MvilleHistSoc

We thank you for your support during this time of reduced programming and look forward to gathering again when it is safe to do so. If you have any questions, you cal always reach us at info@merrickvillehistory.org Sincerely, Your Executive Ann Martin Jane Graham Cynthia Waldie Rod Fournier Angela Beking

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