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Heritage Corner (November, 2020)

Heritage Corner (November, 2020)

Wartime rationing issued to ensure Canadians received fair share of limited resources

Information courtesy Moore Museum
Seeing empty shelves in grocery stores and limits on the purchase of certain items was a new experi- ence for most of us during the early part of
the COVID-19 pandemic, but these sights would have been commonplace to those who experi- enced the hard times during World War II. Ra- tioning was implemented in Canada in April, 1942 by the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
With food items and materials, such as metals and gasoline, need- ed for the war effort, many prod- ucts were rationed for home use. The purchase of sugar, tea, but- ter, coffee, meat, beer and wine at the store required not only money, but the appropriate ration coupon or token. (examples of these in Moore Museum’s collec- tion are shown below)
At times, even ration coupons and money would not be enough to obtain these items, as supplies were not available.
Limits on such staples as meat and sugar required people to make changes in how they would nor- mally prepare meals. Booklets, such as the one pictured here, left, offered sug-
gestions on mak- ing the most of your rations. The accompanying recipe, above right, shows how a wide variety of meats could be used since various meats were in different ration groups.
Wartime short- ages and re-
strictions were seen in other ways as well. Stories are told of underwear with buttons due to shortage of the rubber needed to make elastic, and women painting a line up the back of their calves to make it look like they were wear-

ing nylon stockings. Since canned goods were hard to obtain, “victory gardens” became popular as people planted vegetables wherever they could.

Examples of the all-important
wartime ration cards.

Moore Museum seeks information about history of former Moore Twp. schools

Did you attend a school in the former Moore Township prior to 1963?
Moore Museum is developing another virtual exhibit for our website, this one featuring brief histories and photos of the schools in the former Moore Township prior to centralization in 1963. There were 19 school sections in Moore, four of which were union schools – two shared with Sombra Township and two with Sarnia Township. The map, shown above, indicates the location of these schools.
If you have information on the history of any of these schools, or photos (or scans of photos) that you would be willing to share with us, we’d love to hear from you. We would appreciate details about any school in the township, but especially School Sections #6, #13 and #19 Moore, as our research files contain some information for most of the school sections in the township, but we have no information at all for those three. Information can be sent to We look forward to hearing from you!
Connect with Moore Museum
We want to hear from you. Please follow the link on the home page of to our online sur- vey. We very much appreciate input from our community and, as a thanks for your assistance, survey respondents will be entered in a draw (to be held on November 13, 2020) to win a 2021 family membership and $25 gift shop gift certificate. In addition to our website and our Facebook page at, we are now also on Instagram @mooremuseum so you can watch for news from Moore Museum.
~Laurie Mason, curator, Moore Museum

Sombra Museum seeks information to document COVID-19 era

Working in a museum, we tend to be concerned about docu- menting and preserving the past, but right now we are living through an event that is unlike any we have experienced in the last century, if ever before, so the focus is very much on the pre- sent. So often, when looking through the archives we get very excited to find the shortest photo caption, post card, note, or on rare occasions, a diary recording daily life.
Looking for local accounts of the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic and finding very little from the local perspective, we realized that we need our St. Clair Township residents to help us record and preserve memories of the present time for future genera- tions. What is going on day-to-day in Sombra, Wilkesport, Port Lambton, Mooretown, Lambton County, Canada, and elsewhere in the world?
Information we hope you will share includes:
* Shopping conditions and how they changed over time.
* Adapting to working at home, and any challenges or creative solutions that were needed.
* Financial challenges.
* Feelings caused by the outbreak and thoughts about social distancing.
* Keeping children occupied during self-isolation.
* Keeping adults occupied during self-isolation.
* What new or newly rediscovered hobbies or crafts were taken up .

The annual Creative County Grant Program has been modified in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pro- gram will support cultural organizations and events that demonstrate innovation in adapting programs and activi- ties to pandemic restrictions and public health guidelines. The grant application criteria for 2020-2021 will be adjusted to allow reimbursement of expenses to meet safety requirements that allow cultural events to pro-

* Stories from workers on the front lines and staffing essential services.
* Struggles of family members or friends infected with the virus.
* Stories of everyday heroes, i.e. people helping neighbours during self-isolation or people accepting inconveniences for the greater good.
* How daily life and routines have changed.
* For those who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, etc., are there similarities to those experiences?
* How social media and technology is impacting life in social isolation (using technology for the first time, using it differently).
Photos, videos, drawings, anecdotes, a few jotted thoughts – we want all the family-friendly material you feel comfortable sharing (no explicit material).
Submissions can be sent by email to: with the subject line “COVID-19 History Snapshot”.
Please share this request for community life memories with as many people as possible. We encourage everyone to docu- ment this time, if not to share publicly, then for yourself and your family to look back and reflect on in years to come.
Take care and be well.
~Kailyn Shepley, curator, Sombra Museum

Creative County offers support for innovation in response to pandemic
ceed, or support innovative approaches to ensuring the safe re-opening of cultural destinations.
Program Committee Chair Jackie Rombouts explained, “Many cultural sector organizations in Lambton County are facing unanticipated costs as they quickly adapt in order to safely continue operations and retain patrons and audiences. This grant will help to support those expenses and keep culture thriving in Lambton.”
The deadline for this program is Nov.16 at 4 p.m.
Applications will be accepted online through