To gain a better understanding of what my ancestors’ may have worn during the summer of 1914 when WWI began, I may take a day trip to visit the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum’s exhibit, Memories of an Innocent Summer. The exhibit runs until August 31. The museum encourages visitors to “explore that last innocent summer of 1914 through fashion, photographs, objects and memories of local people.”
The museum is located at 267 Edmund Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, which is almost halfway between Ottawa and Perth. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit the museum’s website.
If you have family from the area, be sure to call ahead to inquire about the museum’s collection that includes archival papers of all kinds, land deeds, directories, maps, newspaper clippings, and genealogy materials. They have holdings with information on several families. Check out the list of surnames.
Copyright © 2014, Gail Dever.