June 3, 2020 Hours:
11 am to 4 pm

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P.O. Box 337, 17 George St.
Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X4 
Email: info@museumontowerhill.com
Phone: 705-746-5365
Adults $5
Senior/Child $3
Pass Holders FREE

Interested in your family history? Join the Genealogical club! If you’re new to genealogy, need research guidance or tips or are an avid genealogist looking to connect with fellow researchers, come learn about the resources available that will assist you in tracing your family history.

 Reasons you should join a Genealogical Club

1. You are no longer alone.

2. You’ll learn new research skills.

3. You’ll improve your skills in reading

4. You’ll learn from other members.

5. You’ll gain an appreciation of other local societies.

6. You’ll develop lifelong friendships.

7. You’ll discover new resources

Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM excluding January, July and August. They include a lecture with a Q&A period followed by time for networking. There will also be time to discuss what you hope to see at future club events. Fees for the genealogical club would include 9 meeting's throughout the year, presentations from guest lecturers and the digitization of our Parry Sound North Star Collection 

2019/2020 Genealogy Club Schedule!


September 11, 2019 - Potawatomi History

Learn about the Potawatomi culture and their endeavors to preserve their history.

October 9, 2019 - Stephen Wohleber

Longtime Britt resident and local historian, Stephen Wohleber, presents on his efforts to preserve our districts heritage. Wohleber has been invloved in the creation of Rooted In Stone: Reflections on West Parry Sound's Past, the publication of "The History of Byng Inlet and Its Shoreline Communities", the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, and has recorded numerous interviews with local elders.

November 13, 2019 - Nadine Hammond

Hammond will discuss proper preservation methods for newspapers and archival documents, the current condition of the North Star newspapers, and the effects of agents of deterioration. She will also discuss future plans of digitizing our archival material and digitization projects undertaken by other institutions.

December 11, 2019 - A Panel Discussion

This presentation will be lead by three local individuals. They will discuss correspondence that they have obtained from the World Wars, speaking to the nature of the letters and the history behind them.

February 12, 2020 - Andy Houser

An active member of the Whitestone Historical Society, Andy Houser, has complied 5 books pertaining to the Whitestone area. Each book highlights the Societies extensive research on the various families that have helped shape the West Parry Sound District, proving to be a great resource for genealogical research.

March 11, 2020 - Fred and Janice Heidman

This father-daughter duo discuss their longtime legacy working for the Parry Sound North Star newspaper. Taking on an array of positions within the publication industry, Fred and Janice speak to their time with the North Star highlighting what it was like working for the paper when Fred began his career  in the 1960s to when Janice retired as publications manager in early 2019.

April 8, 2020 - Genevieve Carter, Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village

Collections & Exhibit Manager, Genevieve Carter, presents on the archival material housed within the Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village. You never know where your family history may lead you, and with over 3,300 books pertaining to local history/families, an extensive collection of documentation on regional history and over 100 years of the Midland Free Press newspaper, you don't want to miss learning about what this amazing institution has to offer.

May 13, 2020 - Lori Oschefski, British Home Children in Canada

Genealogical Researcher and Advocate, Lori Oschefski, presents on her work with BHC and her efforts to catalogue Home Children information and stories in an attempt to reconnect families torn apart by migrant programs. For more information on Oschefski click here.

June 10, 2020 - TBD


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