Grey Roots acquired a very interesting lantern for the artefact collection earlier this year, and I wish that it could talk, and tell us some stories. It is a brass kerosene lantern, very similar to a railway conductor’s lantern, but its glass chimney (globe) was custom-etched to have a ship’s n
Grey County has a rich industrial history, ranging from grist milling, furniture making, brickyards, potteries, foundries, and more. Unique industrial products include Keenan 'Kaybee Brand' toothpicks, Barber Turbines, Harold E. Cooke cigars, and Circle Bar Hosiery.
Over the years at the museum, I have grown to appreciate how flax fibres were spun and woven into various articles.
When I think of Christmas, certain items in the collection at Grey Roots come to my mind. There is a nice batch of Victorian chromolithographed Christmas cards and New Year’s Cards, with colourful silk fringes, and a padded, thick appearance. In years past, I used to love to place these, as w
Almost every day at Grey Roots, the Collections Department’s staff work near a large carved sculpture, that has become somewhat of a “friend” to me, over the years, and has intrigued many others as well. When I was a child, and visited the County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum, where it was then on
Looking back, there is a lot we might be critical of with respect to WWI: its rampant imperialism, classism and the punitive Treaty of Versailles which ended it, contributing to the conditions which led to WWII.
Are you in need of a “Transformation”?
Recently a collector came to Grey Roots to see me, as he had a cast iron, two-piece item that he had recently purchased at auction.
The 2013 International Plowing Match, which is being held in Perth County near Mitchell from September 17-21, marks 100 years for the IPM! In honour of this centennial occasion, Grey Roots takes a look back at the four occasions when the IPM was held in Grey County.
Recently I was downtown in Owen Sound and looked up at the City Hall clock. It was working again!
The Tall Ships – 1812 Tour is coming to Owen Sound this week! With this exciting event on the horizon, it is a great time to look back at the anticipation for other big events in the area’s history which took place on the scenic waterfront.