Thursday, August 13, 2009

O'Dell House Museum 40th Anniversary

This weekend (August 15 and 16) the O'Dell House Museum will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Over its 40 years the museum has become a centre for many of the historic persuits in Annapolis Royal. In addition to the ground floor which is displayed as a house from the 1860s, the museum houses the Annapolis Heritage Society Genealogy Centre and the AHS artifact and archival collections. The second floor of the museum is also used for contemporary exhibits. We are currently featuring Summer Bride, 100 Years of Registered Nursing and Annapolis Goes to Sea.

An important part of the events to celebrate our 40th anniversary is the dedication of the AHS Genealogy Centre library as the Wagner Library. Marguerite and Ralph Wagner were not only founding members of the Annapolis Heritage Society (originally called Historic Restoration Enterprises) but they were leaders in a movement to restore the Annapolis Royal waterfront. While I never had the opportunity to meet her, I know of Marguerite's reputation as an energetic and dedicated soul. I encounter the hallmarks of the Wagners on a daily basis as I make my way through the O'Dell House Museum. The dedication of the library will take place at 1:00 on Saturday.

Today's image comes from the Wagner family. It shows the O'Dell House Museum's official ribbon cutting by Dr. Jack Kerr, Mayor of Annapolis Royal in 1969. Tomorrow's post will be about our Sunday afternoon presentation of 5 Stab Wounds in the Governor.

All for now,

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