The North Lanark Regional Museum is owned and operated by the North Lanark Historical Society with the goal of collecting,
preserving and displaying the history of Mississippi Mills. The museum features several exhibit spaces including seasonal
exhibits, permanent local history exhibits, and a pioneer log cabin. The museum is the perfect destination for families
with young children, retirees and history buffs in general.
The museum collection focuses on local history and includes: artefacts, photographs, documents and books. Our research
library contains local history books, family histories and original copies of the Almonte Gazette.
In addition, the Historical Society holds special events such as the Scottish Tea, Strawberry Social, Annual Heritage Dinner, and Guest Speakers at various times during the year.
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10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Weekdays
Open at other times by Appointment
Admission by Donation
Suggested minimum $3.00
James Mackintosh Bell Mural Unveiling
The North Lanark Regional Museum is excited to announce the addition of a new mural of Almonte's very own
James Mackintosh Bell!
Please join us on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00pm for refreshments and the official unveiling of the mural,
completed by local artist and Notre Dame Catholic High School graduate, Alexander Braun.
Raised in Almonte, James Mackintosh Bell was a noted geologist, author, and soldier. After attending
Queen's College in Kingston, Bell received his doctorate from Harvard University and was then appointed
as the Director of the Geological Survey of New Zealand, the youngest to ever hold the position! Bell
joined the Canadian Forces in World War I and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1919.
Over the years, he held a number of positions as a consultant in mineral exploration and mine development,
travelling across the country.
We are so pleased to work with the Municipality of Mississippi Mills in order to honour Bell's memory
and his contributions to Canada.
Research & Genealogy
The Museum has an estimated 15,000 artifacts, photographs and reports. About half of these have been cataloged into
a searchable data base using PastPerfect museum software. Access to the data base is not available on-line, but is
available in the museum year-round by appointment.
Access to the Museum Collection and Research Library is also
available year-round by appointment.
An index to the Research library is given in the attached file.
Reference Collection Inventory
Research fees may apply. Please call 613-257-8503 in advance to book an appointment.
Or, email: Appletonmuseum@hotmail.com
Paving the Way to Sustainability
The North Lanark Historical Society and the North Lanark Regional Museum are the proud recipients of a 2014-2015
Ontario Trillium Fund grant. The Trillium funding will allow the museum to hire a Project Coordinator to build the
organization's capacity to recruit and retain volunteers, carry out school programs, develop museum policies and
procedures and increase financial sustainability.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario
Crown Land Patents for Appleton
Certified copies of the original Crown Land Patents for both the E and W halves of Lot 4, Concession X are in the possession
of the North Lanark Historical Society.
The crown granted full rights of ownership of these lots, except for gold or silver mines, and white pines.
These rights of ownership have been passed down to
the present owners of all the properties within this original patent area.
There is some controversy over the use of these patents for current legal purposes.
To check which properties are covered by these patents, and to review the controversy Click Here.
Please support the North Lanark Historical Society by becoming a member and making a donation.
Your support for 2014 is greatly appreciated!
For Our Membership and Donations Form
A Video Tour
A Video Tour will allow Ontarians to engage in their heritage in new and innovative ways.
Self-guided video tours of the semi-permanent exhibit on the lower level will be created and displayed
on screens in the museum. These videos will increase interaction and accessibility at the museum.
Video tours will be displayed in four separate exhibits in the lower level. These videos will create
an interactive space where guests can view oral histories, archival documents and photographs related
to the artefacts on display. One screen with all the video tours will be mounted on the museum's main
floor to provide greater accessibility and interaction for visitors with mobility challenges. “
A Video Tour” will also allow the museum to extend its physical boundaries and will be used in
outreach programs to senior residences, community groups, and schools. This will give Ontarians better
access to their history and heritage.
Funded by the Government of Ontario
Digitally Preserving the Past for the Future
As a recipient of the 2011-2012 Museums and Technology Fund, the North Lanark Regional Museum has two
projects underway for 2012. The museum’s first project is upgrading its catalogue system to
PastPerfect 5.0. This new database will allow easier access to the artefact and archival records for
both researchers and visitors. The second undertaking of 2012 is an oral history project. Museum
volunteers will be conducting oral interviews of community members in Mississippi Mills and the
surrounding areas. These videotaped interviews will help preserve the history and heritage of the
North Lanark region.
Funded by the Government of Ontario
Artifact of the Month
The artifact for the June 2014 is this wooden mallet, found while renovating the blacksmith exhibit. The head is made
of one large knot of cherry wood. This hammer has an amazing provenance. Donated by Orville Clement some years ago,
the mallet was owned by Henry Clement and used in the days of early industry along the Mississippi. Henry Clement was
a millwright in the area, and he used the mallet to knock together wooden waterwheels used to power the area’s
mills. Simplistic in design, the cherry knot mallet would have been a very effective tool in Henry Clement's work.
Cherry wood is naturally hard, and the use of knotty wood adds extra toughness, preventing any possible splitting.
It’s also relatively light, an asset when the hours were long and the work arduous. Finally, a long leather
thong is strung through the handle of the mallet, which prevented it from being accidentally dropped in the Mississippi
during Henry’s work making and repairing water wheels.
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