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Heritage Corner (May, 2022)

Heritage Corner (May, 2022)

Moore Museum Curator Laurie Mason retiring after 36 years of service

One of St. Clair Township’s long-time caretakers of local heritage is retiring after over 36 years of service. Moore Museum Curator Laurie Mason had her last day of work on April 29.
Laurie was honoured for her service at a Heritage St. Clair meeting in early April, where she was praised for her tireless commitment to the preservation of local his- tory and her caring stewardship of the Moore Museum.
To acknowledge Laurie’s love of the museum site and the heritage represented by the carefully preserved
buildings that have been established there, Commit- tee Member
Dave Taylor presented her with a canvas print of her favourite build- ing, the school house.
The group also assembled a memory al- bum filled with photographs of the years she spent overseeing the operation of the museum. It recalled the many events held at the site, and the educational programs that
introduced school children and adults alike to the rich and varied history of Moore Township and, after the amalgamation of Moore and Sombra Townships, the newly formed Township of St. Clair Township.

um, said, “I worked with Laurie for over 30 years. She was dedi- cated to the Museum col- lection and its education- al program- ing, and for all that we provided for the public. We had sad times and lots of funny and joyous times. She watched out for the safety of her staff and vol- unteers, and
we will miss her very much. We wish her blessings for her retirement.”
Over the years, hundreds of school children have come to know Laurie as a brilliant interpreter of pioneer life as it was in the early days of what is now St. Clair Township. She was never on the sidelines when it came to the wel- fare of the museum, and was always willing to roll up her sleeves to help. From helping to prepare lunch for the Tuesday volunteers who make sure the museum site is always in good repair, to serving hot dogs to hungry Down- river Craft Sale visitors, she
pitched in whenever need- ed.
Now that Laurie has more time to focus on other pursuits, she will, no doubt, have more time to focus her binoculars on the vary-

Dave Taylor praised Laurie for her dedication to her role as curator. “Laurie’s patience with volunteers and the public was wonderful,” he said, adding, “Her knowledge of the Moore Museum and its archives of Lambton County history is extensive.”
Laurie’s excellent service to the Moore Museum was noted by Deputy Mayor Steve Miller. “Thank you, Laurie, for all your years of dedicated service to our community. May you have a long and happy retirement,” he said.
Linda Wood, a long-time staff member at the Moore Muse-

ing species of birds she loves to watch, and more time to work on the gar- dens she loves to plant and nurture. And come Sunday, she’ll have more time to share her faith with the chil- dren she loves to teach at Sunday School.
Bonnie Stevenson photos

Museum gets new curator

As of May 30, the Moore Museum will have a new curator. Fiona Doherty will take over the position from retiring curator, Laurie Mason.
Fiona has worked at the Moore Museum as a

museum assistant for the past three-and-a-half years, so she is familiar with the operation of the museum and those who volunteer there.

Newly updated Heritage St. Clair page features map showing historic plaques and storyboards situated throughout the township
Heritage St. Clair has updated its page on the St. Clair Township website, and one of the features now on view St. Clair Township’s Historic Points of Interest map. This interactive map points out the locations of these colourful and educational installations and includes photographs of them so you’ll be sure not to miss them. Here’s a link you can use to go directly to St. Clair Township’s Historical Points of Interest page:

St. Clair Township’s Historical Points of Interest