A newsletter for enquiring minds
Inside this issue:
Exhibit Exhibit and Event Schedule...Page 3
Welcome our new summer students!...Page 6-7
Headache Wafers...Page Wafers...Page 10
The Schoolhouse Project...Page 11
Issue #6, SUMMER 2007
to Summer 2007
Submitted by Brian Manser, Manager, Grey Roots Museum & Archives
Our Grey Roots family has
grown with the return of our
summer students. I always look
forward to this time – these young
people bring a new vibrant energy
to the workplace. The year is not
yet half over and already has been a most exciting
year! Grey Roots has experienced growth
in all areas: visitation, program participation,
memberships, and volunteer hours! Thanks to
everyone’s great efforts, I believe 2007 will be
our best year to date.
Our Heritage Village, Moreston, becomes a
reality as we have four of the period buildings
reopening for the summer; the Bluewater
Continued on page 9
Gre Grey y Matter
A newsletter ffor
r enquiring minds
Published by Grey Roots Museum & Archives
Issue #6, Summer 2007
Grey Matter is a quarterly newsletter for the members, volunteers, and friends of
Grey Roots Museum & Archives. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Address: 102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6
Writers: Brian Manser, Petal Furness, Joan Hyslop, Sarah Sales, Pat Farrar, Jesse
Cover Photograph of Mrs. O'Hara (Susan Martin) in the Log Cabin of Grey
Roots Heritage Village - Moreston: Petal Furness
Interior Photographs: Petal Furness and Grey County Tourism
Layout/Design: Lara Javalyn
Editing: Petal Furness, Karin Foster, Stacy McLennan, Lara Javalyn
Copies are available free of charge at Grey Roots Museum & Archives.
Exhibit & Event Guide
June through September 2007
Open until September 9, 2007
From Slavery to Freedom
African Canadians in Grey County
Open until September 9, 2007
L’Chaim - To Life
The Story of the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue
Open throughout 2007
The Grey County
Nels Maher Print Shop
June 23, 10-4pm - Moccasin Making workshop (limited to 15 people)
June 23-24 - Aboriginal Film Festival
June 28 - P.D. Day Adventure! featuring THE ROBOT ZOO
June 29 - P.D. Day Adventure! featuring Our Natural World
July 1 - Canada Day celebrations, Heritage Village tours start
July 7 - Emancipation Festival Art Show opens
July 9-13 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - THE ROBOT ZOO: Mammals
July 14, 10am-2pm - Sauble Speedway comes to Grey Roots!
July 16-20 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - Pioneer Week
July 23-27 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - THE ROBOT ZOO: Insects
July 30-August 3 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - Rocks & Fossil Hunters
July 29-August 9 - Tom Thomson Days - daily fi lm screening West Wind
and pod exhibit of Tom Thomson artefacts
August 3-5 - Emancipation Celebration Festival
August 7-10 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - THE ROBOT ZOO: Reptiles
August 13-17 - Grey Roots KidsCamp - Wetlands & Water
September 9 - Last Day for THE ROBOT ZOO
September 14 - EXHIBIT OPENING - For the Boys: Life on the Homefront
September 14 - EXHIBIT OPENING - Objects of Affection: The Artefacts of Grey County
September 14 - EXHIBIT OPENING - Playing with Time: A History of Children's Toys
Underground Railroad Bicycle Tour
Grey Roots welcomed the fi rst tour on May 29th. Cyclists travelled 2,100 miles from Mobile, Alabama
to Owen Sound, Ontario, retracing the historic route of the Freedom Seekers. The second Underground
Railroad Bicycle Tour arrives August 3, 2007!
Get your passport today!
Visit www.greyroots.com to order.
145th Emancipation Celebration Festival
August 3-5, 2007
- See the Grey Roots Emancipation Art Show on throughout the festival
- Friday, August 3, 7pm-9:30pm - Speakers Forum "Community, Roots
& Culture - Perspectives" in partnership with Grey Roots, held at
OSCVI with Lawrence Hill and Afua Cooper and the Emancipation Jazz
Quartet ($10 per seat cover charge, 5$ for Seniors & Under 12)
GREY MATTER / Summer 2007
Starting July 1st, 2007, Grey Roots Heritage
Village - Moreston will be opening
for tours to four of the Heritage buildings.
These buildings include: the Log Cabin,
Blacksmith Shop, the Log Home, and the
Bluewater Garage. Tours will be one hour
long and are spaced throughout the day at
11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
During this time, construction will continue
on the other buildings in Moreston, with
two additional buildings - the Schoolhouse
and new Blacksmith Shop (with a generous
donation from the Rice family) scheduled
for completion this year.
Come see the newly opened buildings and
once more experience Grey County’s past
in this amazing Heritage Village!
Log Building tours
start in July!
Grey Roots welcomes
Our Summer Stude
Students pictured here in front of the Log Cabin in Grey Roots Heritage Village - Moreston
GREY MATTER / Summer 2007
Leandra has just fi nished her fi rst year at
the University of Guelph, with a major in
Microbiology. She hopes to apply (and
get accepted!) to a pharmacy program,
hopefully at U of T, but possibly out of
province. Leandra grew up in Owen
Sound, and worked at Grey Roots during
the last year of high school. She enjoys
working at the front desk, especially the
interactions she has with such a wide variety
of people. They have unexpected and often random stories and
memories, which keeps things interesting. She would love to go scuba
diving somewhere like Australia, but needs to get over the giant, irrational
fi sh phobia fi rst.
Sarah is a veteran of the Grey Roots
summer program. This is her 3rd year as
a summer student and this crafty queen
has also been the Kids Camp Coordinator
for 2 years. She is entering her 4th year
at McMaster University for Music and Geography,
and has played the trombone for
10 years. Sarah is a people person who
loves working with kids. Her favourite
part of Grey Roots is the Pioneer Village
and how last year’s dinosaur exhibit improved her geography mark. She
hopes to be a high school music teacher in the future and is looking
forward to another great summer at Grey Roots.
Laura is enrolled at the University of Waterloo
in Social Work. She has completed
her second year of university and is enjoying
furthering her education. Laura
spends a lot of time hiking, swimming,
biking and canoeing throughout Grey
County's nature beauty. Laura hopes to
travel to the Middle East when she graduates.
Laura is interested in horticulture.
Sarah Sales is working with Grey County
Tourism this summer, specifi cally driving
the tourism vehicle around Grey County
to festivals and events. Sarah has just
fi nished her fi rst year at the University of
Waterloo, in the legal studies program.
She hopes to fi nish her undergrad, and
then move on to Law school, and eventually
become a Crown Attorney. Sarah
grew up in Brantford, Ontario before moving
to her longtime summer home at Sauble Beach. Her favorite thing
about working at Grey Roots is the people she gets to interact with,
and the experiences that she gets to be a part of! Sarah has a list of
things she would like to do before she is fi fty, including bungee jumping,
skydiving, and swimming in the ocean.
Becky is one of the summer students
with Heritage Interpretation. She is a local
country girl from Chatsworth. In the
fall she will be entering her second year
at the University of Ottawa in Political
Sciences and Women’s Studies. Becky
loves politics, languages, traveling, and
dance. She is excited to be working here
this summer as she loves to learn about
history and guiding people through history.
A hidden fact about Becky is that she owns over 3000 books! Look
for Becky as one of our “future leaders of tomorrow’s world!”
Jon says: "I have just completed my fouryear
Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics
at the University of Western Ontario and
will be attending Teacher’s College in
London in the fall. This is my fourth summer
working in Heritage Interpretation at
Grey Roots where I lead school and visitor
tours, develop educational programming,
and design part of the website. Putting
the educational programs together at
Grey Roots has helped me decide to become a teacher, and working on
the exhibits is a great way to learn about local history.”
Lisa says: "I have just fi nished my fi rst
year at the University of Western Ontario
in the Honors Specialization in English
Literature program. This is my fi rst summer
at Grey Roots working as an Archival
Assistant. My experiences here will help
me with a future career in Library and Information
sciences. I’m looking forward
to working with the Archives’ large digital
collection of historic photographs. Working
with these images has been a great way for me to rediscover the
place I grew up in.”
Chris is enrolled at the University of
Waterloo in History and Political Science.
He just completed his first year
and enjoyed his experience living in
residence. Chris is interested in Canadian
history and was able to learn
more about the local history of Owen
Sound through a course at university.
Chris is interested in current events
and enjoys being outside and working
with his hands. Chris is also a scooter enthusiast.
Book a ROBOT ZOO Birthday
Party this summer!
THE ROBOT ZOO Birthday parties include
2 hours of fun with:
- Robot crafts and games
- Hands-on gallery exploration
- A screening of one of our robot fi lms
- FREE admission to the museum for the
day and an activitiy book
CALL now to book your party!
GET a Robot Zoo
Buy a membership during the summer and
be entered to win THE ROBOT ZOO Prize
Package! This great package includes:
- THE ROBOT ZOO book
- THE ROBOT ZOO t-shirt
- "Robots" the movie on DVD
- Two Grey Roots Family Passes
- Mechanical ostrich toy
- and much, much more!
Draw for this prize is September 10!
GREY MATTER / Summer 2007
Six weeks of adventure!
The fun starts July 9!
Week 1: The Robot zoo Mammals
Week 2: Pioneers!
Week 3: The Robot Zoo Insects
Week 4: Rock & Fossil Hunters
Week 5: The Robot Zoo Reptiles
Week 6: Water & Wetlands
Call 519-376-3690 ext. 128 to sign up!
or visit www.greyroots.com for more info
Welcome to Summer 2007 - continued from page 2
Garage, the Log Cabin, the Log House, and the log
Blacksmith Shop. Interpretive tours of these four
buildings will be offered this summer. Two new
buildings are on the schedule for construction this
year - the Schoolhouse and a new Blacksmith Shop.
The final grading of topsoil will be completed
shortly by Sutherland Construction who once again
has donated a portion of in–kind work for machinery
and labour; grass seeding will follow. We are
very fortunate to have had a number of large trees
donated by our neighbours from Town & Country
Nurseries. This gives visitors the feeling that the village
has always been here.
This summer we are excited about our new exhibit
The Robot Zoo. With a robotic platypus, housefly
and chameleon, as well as eight interactive stations,
it is sure to be a hit with families. This exhibit is so
big it takes up two exhibit galleries – be sure to visit
the other four: Grey County Gallery; L’Chaim: The
Story of the Beth Ezekiel Synagogue; From Slavery
to Freedom; and the Nels Maher Print Shop.
We look forward to the warm summer months and
know that you will enjoy our new exhibits and a tour
through our Historic Village at Grey Roots.
To our members and volunteers, thank you for being
part of Grey Roots and as always please check our
web site for the most up to date news and events.
Dr. J. D. Kellogg's
Submitted by Joan Hyslop, Registrar
Pharmaceutical powders often have an unpleasant taste to
them, and this prompted the development of the "cachet"
to encapsulate the powder in a measured dose that would
hopefully be much easier to take. In the 1870s, Limousin
of Paris produced the pharmaceutical cachet, which had
two rice-paper cup-like items joined together with medicinal
Circa 1911, cachets were circular containers made from a
mixture of flour (rice starch was often used as well) and
water that was dried and molded into a slightly cupped
round shape, with a flange around the edge. A "cachet
machine" was used so that a number of them could be
made at the same time. Cachet halves would be placed on
the machine and be filled with pre-weighed powder via funnels.
Then the flange areas would be moistened and then
the other halves of the cachets would be pressed against
the filled sides and they would adhere together. The closed
cachets had to be properly boxed and sealed and labeled
to identify what they contained. In Britain they were called
Amylum Capsules (or Capsulae amylaceae).
Dr. J. D. Kellogg Headache Wafers were manufactured "for
the relief of Nervous, Sick and Bilious Headaches, Neuralgia,
etc. Each cachet had 5 grains of powder, consisting of 35
parts Acetanilid, 9 parts sodium bicarbonate, 1 part sodium
bromide and 5 parts citrated caffeine. A person was to
drop a wafer into a glass of cold water, or hold it in water
Courage in the Skies,
Valour on the Ground
Our exhibit will focus on the Battle of Vimy Ridge
and the events which led to Billy Bishop’s Victoria Cross.
Exhibit runs from June 2 to December 20, 2007
948 3rd Avenue West
Owen Sound, ON
Billy Bishop Home and Museum
A National Historic Site
between one's thumb and first finger, and allow it to get
softened (about half a minute). Then the person would
place the wafer on his or her tongue and swallow it down
with a drink of water. The cachets are about 3 cm in diameter,
and 0.6 cm thick.
Dr. J. D. Kellogg's Headache Wafers were prepared by a
wholesale patent medicine dealer, Northrop & Lyman Co.
Ltd. of Toronto. This company apparently was also the
proprietor/maker of "Dr. Kellogg's Eye Water", "Dr. J. D.
Kellogg's Asthma Remedy" and "Dr. J. D. Kellogg's Catarrh
Snuff". We do not know exactly when this box was produced,
as there is no date on it, but it might be from the
1910s? Its suggested price was 25 cents.
Marine & Rail Heritage Day
and Grand Opening of our Newest Exhibit
Brick by Brick:
“The Story of Owen Sound’s
East Side Industries”
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Events run from 10 am to 2 pm
* Caboose Tours
1155 1st Avenue West
* Museum Tours
Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8
* Take a ride on CN’s OBIE
the Safety Mascot
*Food available on site
GREY MATTER / Summer 2007
Submitted by Pat Farrar, Schoolhouse Project Coordinator
The Retired Teachers of Ontario – Grey and the Retired Women
Teachers are working together to provide the funds for a rural
schoolhouse for Moreston. We are using SS#1 Derby as our inspiration.
Construction will start in earnest in September. Construction technology
students from Saugeen District S.S., supported by teacher,
Bud Halpin will frame and clad the building. We are excited that
the students of today will be helping us re-create the past for the
students of tomorrow. Retired teachers are taking an active role in
the project. Retired women teachers created and raffl ed a quilt raising
almost $6000 for the project. The donation of heritage brick
from two Owen Sound buildings means that members are working
Submitted by Sarah Sales, Grey County Tourism Summer Student
The tourism team has been busy as bees this spring season with many projects
on the go. At the beginning of May we assisted with the 6th Annual Grey Bruce
Brochure Swap at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (the picture here
of Amanda Pausner, Heather Molnar, and Sarah Sales was taken at the event). The
event was a huge success, with close to 75 tourism operators from around the area
Our website has a “new” spring look and feel, check out the E-cards section for
new spring cards to send out or a relaxing Grey County scene to download as your
Sarah Sales joins our team as Summer Patrol student who will be working with the
tourism vehicle this summer traveling around Grey County to festivals and events.
She is coming to tourism straight out of her first year of University at Waterloo
studying Legal Studies.
We have our first few events for the tourism vehicle coming up quickly, including
the Blues, Brews, and BBQ’s @ Blue (May 19th, 2007), The Huron Fringe Birding
Festival @ MacGregor Park (May 27th, 2007), Keystone Family Fun day @ Kelso
Beach (June 2nd, 2007), as well as Doors Open @ Grey Roots (June 3rd, 2007). We
hope to see you at these events, out and about in Grey County.
to re-claim the brick for use later. We are collecting memories of
attending or teaching in rural schools. Visitors to the schoolhouse
will enjoy these glimpses into the life of students years ago.
Visit our display “Passport to the Past” at Grey Roots - July 30
– Aug 1. For further information, contact Pat Farrar at 519 376
1542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired teachers across Grey County are very excited about partnering
with Grey Roots to provide a schoolhouse that will enhance
the educational programming at the museum.
Having spring under our belts and the summer season on our heels, the tourism
team has also been busy planning our Annual Spring FAM (familiarization) Tour!
This tour features TWO jam-packed days of fun exploring many of Grey County’s
feature attractions and little known gems and is designed for front-desk tourism
staff, but is available to all! On June 5th and 7th our tour bus will visit many of
the towns and villages in the County including Thornbury, the Village at Blue,
Hanover, Durham, Markdale, Neustadt and more!
Tourism is revving up for their NEW 2007 Contest, “Getaway to Grey” which will
be launched in early June. The campaign highlights scenic back roads touring and
experiences for local residents and tourists alike. Our promotional piece will be a
Pocket Guide that will have seven tours highlighted on it, money-saving coupons
to local businesses and a chance to WIN 1 of 7 Grand Prizes!! Visit our website for
more details and for your chance to get involved, www.visitgrey.ca OR call us to
order your Pocket Guide 1-877-SEE-GREY.
Working in the Archives
Submitted by Jesse Yeo, Archives Co-op Placement
For the past few months, I have been working here at
Grey Roots in the Archives. I must say that working
in the Archives is a really exciting job. I got access to
touch maps that are well over one hundred years old.
The job I have been given is to inventory the Archives’
Map Collection. This job involved fi rst writing down
the shelf or the drawer where I found the map. The second
thing that I had to do was to name the township
that the map has on the label. Third, I wrote down the
title of the map: example, “The Town of Owen Sound”.
The fourth thing that I did was put down the year so
we know how old a map is. But, if there was no date
to be found, I wrote “none”. The fi nal stage of the map
inventory was to note if there was a code on the label,
like, for example, “GF2S3F4I2”. Codes that begin with
GF are part of a Government Collection. Another example
for a code is “PF8S5F3I7”, which means that it is
part of a Private Collection. Codes with numbers only
are from the Museum Collection.
Drawer # Township Title Year Code, if none write “None”
#29 Owen Sound City of Owen Sound 1986 985.151.1
102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6
Oversized Shelf # Township Title Year Code, if none write “None”
Shelf #6 Normanby Assessment
So those examples are what a map inventory looks like.
Now the pictures you see here are of the map collection