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Heritage Corner (December, 2021)

Heritage Corner (December, 2021)

The Beacon of St. Clair Township December 2021 Page 13

“This lovely little Christmas
stocking can also be used without stuffing to hold a gift card or a tiny treasure. Just leave the top of
the stocking open and sew or glue the rest of it as
Whatever you put in it will be all the more special to
the person you give it to because you took the time to create an original
Christmas keepsake for them.”

Sara St.Clair
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The Beacon of St. Clair Township December 2021 Page 14

Long-time member retires from Moore Museum Advisory
The Moore Museum Advisory Committee recently bid farewell to long-time museum volunteer and dedicated committee chairman since 2006 James (Jim) Townsend, who has retired after 21 years of service.
During that time, he provided tours for groups, assisted with spe- cial events, and with school pro- grams, interpreting the role of rail- road conductor for the Exploring Early Careers program. Jim helped to promote the museum while staffing off-site exhibits, the distri- bution of brochures, and much more. He was also part of the Tuesday Boys volunteer mainte-

Victorian greeting card from the Moore Museum archives

nance and project group, specializ- ing in gardening.
Jim’s valuable contributions and leadership of the museum was not- ed by Mayor Steve Arnold during the Nov. 15 meeting of council. “Jim has served this municipality very well and I’d like to thank him for his dedication and service. It’s much appreciated and the museum has really thrived under his leader- ship,” he said.
The names of the members who

will comprise the 2022 committee was recently announced. Re-appointed for next year will be: Joyce Brock, Leo Griffiths, Marg Griffiths, Susanne Hodg- ins, Marilyn Johnson, David Pattenden, Dave Taylor, and Shirley Warner. New appointees include: John Richardson of Mooretown and Louis Townsend of Co- runna.
The Moore Museum also acknowledg- es the loss of a valued long-time Advi- sory Committee member, Arnold Pole,

who served as chairperson for three years and for many years as vice-chair. In total, Arnold volunteered his time and his talents for over 23 years. He also served his community on Moore Township and St. Clair Township Coun- cils.
Note: The museum was pleased to receive a grant for $17,200 under the provincial Community Museum Operat- ing Grant program for 2021-2022.

Artifact searches on at Moore Museum
Two separate artifact searches are on to create new collec- tions and displays at the Moore Museum.
All current and retired St. Clair Township firefighters are invit- ed to contribute past and current patches from each of the fire stations in St. Clair Township. They will be used to create a fea- ture in the fire hall exhibit building on the museum site. Anyone with one or more patches to donate can call the Moore Museum at 519-867-2020.
When creating a display of fashions or lifestyles, small decora- tive pieces can put the finishing touch on an exhibit. With this in mind, Moore Museum would like to create a small collection of ladies’ compacts. These fashion accessories were popular from the Roaring 1920s to the 1970s, so they represent an era especial- ly interesting to this generation of museum visitors. Anyone with a decorative compact they would be interested in donating can con- tact Moore Museum at 519-867-2020. While all offers are appreci- ated, only a limited number of compacts can accepted into the collection to provide a small representative sampling of styles.

Moore Museum continues to accept information for a virtual exhibit for the muse- um’s website. It will feature 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. To see the map that indicates where the schools
were located, see the March or April 2021 Beacon (can be found on the St. Clair Township website– click on The Beacon). It can be accessed, along with further information, by going online the St. Clair Township website home page. Click on The Beacon, top right of the page.