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Richmond County Historical Society Enjoying New Digs!

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--July 22, 2016.

larger_img_2196.jpgThe Richmond County Historical Society's home for the past fifty years, a heritage house on the banks of the St. Francis River, has now been sold.

Following a massive move of artefacts and archives from two different locations, the RCHS is now comfortably installed in its new home -- the old St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church manse in Melbourne Township. This lovely brick building dates to the 1840s, and is currently having restoration work done on its roof, thanks in part to a grant from the Government of Canada.

larger_img_2205.jpgLast Sunday, in honour of the momentous changes at the museum, the historical society hosted a special "English tea" and an exhibition on prominent local women.

According to museum archivist Esther Healy and curator Grace Johnston, both volunteers, over 150 people attended the opening event, helping to raise some much needed funds for the organization.

"It was a very successful day," Healy said, "and we are delighted with the support we have had, including from our members and volunteers, and from the municipality of Melbourne Township, which has really helped us out over the years."

larger_img_2199.jpgFounded in 1962, the Richmond County Historical Society has been pursuing its mission of collecting, researching, conserving and sharing the history of Richmond County and vicinity ever since. In addition to its seasonal museum, the RCHS maintains an archive which is accessible year round by appointment.

larger_img_2197.jpgThe 2016 Museum season is expected to run until early August. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday afternoons (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.). Bilingual guides are available to tour visitors and explain the exhibits.

The Richmond County Museum is located at:
1161 Route 243, Melbourne Township.

For more information, call (819) 826-1332, or email e-dhealy@ sympatico.ca.