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Springtime Coming to Colby-Curtis

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--April 29, 2013.

Following a long winter that saw the Colby-Curtis closed for most of the time since last December, the museum is now open once again for the season, at least with limited hours of operation.

Currently, the museum is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. The SHS Archives are open Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. The schedule will change near the end of June, when the museum will be open Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plans are in the works for the annual general meeting of the Stanstead Historical Society, which will take place at the Colby-Curtis on Saturday, June 8. The event, which will be held in the newly refurbished and expanded solarium, will include the release of a new edition of the Stanstead Historical Society Journal (the "red book"), which is published every two years. Also scheduled is a talk by guest speaker Pierre Reid, who is not only the MNA for Orford, but also an avid collector of early coins and tokens. Following the AGM, the museum will unveil an exhibition of Mr. Reid's own personal coin collection, featuring a selection of coins and tokens from the Old and New Worlds, with a focus on coins used in Canada, including those produced in Europe, the colonies, and by private banks and businesses, and on the introduction of the modern Canadian currency.

Several other events will take place at the museum in the weeks leading up to the busy summer season. On Sunday, May 12 (from 12:30 to 4 p.m.), there will be a special Mother's Day Tea, complete with traditional English scones, cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon pinwheels, springtime endives, cookies and cakes, and an assortment of teas. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under, and include a visit to the museum, as well as a special Mother's Day photograph which will be presented to each participating mother to take home as a souvenir. Reservations are required.

On June 1, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) will be holding its annual convention in Stanstead. That event will include guided visits at the Golden Rule Lodge, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, the Colby-Curtis Museum and elsewhere.

On June 14, the Stanstead Historical Society is planning a bus excursion to Burlington, Vermont, which will include visits to museums, shopping, and a cruise on Lake Champlain.

Beginning on June 23, the weekly Farmer's Market will move from the grounds of Stanstead College, where it has been for the past few years, to the front lawn of the Colby-Curtis Museum. It will continue every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon, right through to October.

For more information on these and other upcoming activities at the museum, call (819) 876-7322.