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A Home for Hockey – The York Street Arena

By Liam Kishinevsky

Please note, the following blog post draws from Murray Kelsey’s extensive 40 page article, “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey” (March-October 2023), a copy of which is at the Archives of Lennox and Addington. Please contact the Archives for more. To read more about the history of hockey in Napanee, please read my previous blog post “A Brief History of Hockey in Napanee,” that also draws from Kelsey’s article. And, finally, to read more about the building of the York Street Arena as reported by the historical local newspapers, see Jim Sova’s blog post, Napanee Arena, Adding the Colour.

Building the New Arena

In 1954, a Community Centre Fundraising Campaign was announced with plans to build an artificial ice rink. The goal was to raise $131,500, with local businesses and citizens firmly behind the venture (and the Campaign asking citizens for $0.10 a week).  The project began after $105,000 was raised, with local figures like Bruce McPherson Sr. of Gibbard frame being instrumental in raising the money needed to build the structure (while also acting as chairman of the fundraising drive).  The Rotary Club also supported the venture, spotting an initial $5000 for the project.  All funds were raised without debts or tax-money, and the building was open for the 1955-56 hockey season.  The Comets would begin to play here, and there are references in the Napanee Beaver to kids’ hockey teams playing here as well.  In 1956, the Napanee Beaver reported that the Lions Club Hockey League had six under-18 teams, as well as a bevy of under-20 and under-23 teams as well.  It cost $50 per game to rent the ice, with the ‘Industrial League’ paying only $25 per game.

Photo Courtesy of the Lennox and Addington Archives A1976.P0819 – Here we can see a photo from the opening night of the York Street Arena. Note the multitude of people who came to see its inauguration.
Photo Courtesy of the Archives of Lennox and Addington, A1976.P0819 – Here we can see a photo from the opening night of the York Street Arena. Note the multitude of people who came to see its inauguration.
The Origin of Hockey in Napanee

A view of the York Street Arena in 1973 shows its intense usage and importance to the community of Napanee.  Improvements were made, and the roof was now lined with banners thanks to the success of minor hockey teams, as well as the Comets.  Hockey players from the community were able to meet here and facilitate the skills needed to then travel, develop their teamwork capabilities, and meet others from varying walks of life, an opportunity not always afforded to those of this time.  For example, in 1974, a Minor Hockey team from Napanee was able to visit and play in Sweden. 

Dave Fox managed the York Street Arena in 1974 and suggested the construction of a second ice rink in the municipality of Napanee.  The teams relied heavily on volunteer and community support, as there was a need for people to organize sporting schedules, prepare uniforms, fill coaching positions, deal with complaints, balance budgets, set fees, and time-keep.  Also, lots of energy went into fundraising by volunteers, often taking the form of bake sales, skate-a-thons, raffles, bottle drives, 50-50 tickets, phone book deliveries, contests to win vehicles, as well as sponsor donation.  Managing these “rep” and “house” leagues required the efforts of Executive members of the Napanee Minor Hockey Association, as well as organizations like the Mother’s Auxiliary.  Logos changed and provided people on the road with a sense of local affiliation as well.  Starting with a simpler black and white logo in the 1980s, the letter “N” would start to become synonymous with hockey in Napanee through to the 2010’s.

Photo courtesy of Douglas, Don. The Napanee Beaver, Wednesday October 17th, 1973. In this photo, you can see the many hanging banners which celebrate the accomplishments of local Napannean hockey teams. Further, this photo was taken when the arena had just made some improvements, like a new ice-making machine, new dressing rooms, new ‘boards,’ and a new clock/timing equipment. Also, the tobacco ad on the center-frame clock represents some of the sponsorships that went into the funding of the arena and hockey in Napanee
Photo courtesy of Douglas, Don. The Napanee Beaver, Wednesday October 17th, 1973. In this photo, you can see the many hanging banners which celebrate the accomplishments of local Napannean hockey teams. Further, this photo was taken when the arena had just made some improvements, like a new ice-making machine, new dressing rooms, new ‘boards,’ and a new clock/timing equipment. Also, the tobacco ad on the center-frame clock represents some of the sponsorships that went into the funding of the arena and hockey in Napanee
The Strathcona Centre

In the 2000s, a large change came in the form of local leagues.  During the early days,
there would be maybe four peewee teams in the house league.  They did not travel and would play on York Street every week.  But, these teams started playing each other while travelling out-of-town to play ‘house league’ games in areas such as Frontenac, Gananoque, Tamworth, Stirling, Picton, Wellington, Amherstview, and Desoronto. These changes became part of the impetus for a new place of play. On September 4th, 2004, the Strathcona Paper Centre arena was opened near Highway
401 to replace the York Street Arena, with a large financial backing from sponsors and citizens.  It housed two ice-rinks (200 feet by 85 feet) in a 93,350 square foot multi-purpose
complex.  The arena can seat 1000 spectators on the Goodyear pad and has 200 bench seats in the Home Hardware section.  The center also houses a banquet hall, capable of hosting meetings, presentations, vendor sales, and wedding receptions.

Photo Courtesy of Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): Pp. 37. – This is a photo of the Strathcona Paper Centre taken by Murray Kelsey, showing the scope of the new arena.
Photo Courtesy of Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): p. 37. – This is a photo of the Strathcona Paper Centre taken by Murray Kelsey, showing the scope of the new arena.
The Arena on Fire

Tragically, the York Street Arena, which had served the community from 1955-2014, came to an untimely end.  A fire and explosion on October 23rd, 2023 burned the structure completely, with firefighters from Napanee, Loyalist County, and Kingston fighting to save the nearby Curling Club and residential buildings.  The arena was beyond repair, with residents even finding roof fragments on Simcoe Street (over a block away from the blast).  The event was declared an arson attack, with a fire at about the same time destroying a garage and vehicle in Yarker, at the home of a Fair Board Executive. 

However, Napanee is a resilient community, capable of weathering this hardship and thriving in its midst, a sentiment verified through Murray Kelsey’s statements on hockey in Napanee, as he says that “change is constant… the Executive always needs volunteers, tries to keep costs down, and struggles to please everyone.  The OMHA, which makes rules, sometimes conflicts with parent expectations.  Player safety, league composition, changing playoff formats, and at what age should players play ‘real games’ are a few of the present issues… [but] certainly, Napanee District Minor Hockey has been a driving force in the area… I am sure when you read this, minor hockey in Napanee will still be thriving.”

Source: Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): Pp. 1-40.

A Brief History of Hockey in Napanee

By Liam Kishinevsky

Please note, the following blog post draws from and builds on Murray Kelsey’s extensive 40 page article, “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey” (March-October 2023), a copy of which is at the Archives of Lennox and Addington. Please contact the Archives for more.

Athletics in Napanee

It is a mystery as to when Napanee’s District Minor Hockey Association was formed, however, hockey and skating were local pastimes long before its creation, as frozen ponds and the Napanee River facilitated day-long ventures of skating and winter sports.  Sports were an important facet of life in Napanee, with the Archives of Lennox and Addington referencing an early curling rink in 1914, the Napanee Snow Shoe Club in 1885, a tobogganing club in 1886, the Napanee Tennis Club in 1889, the Napanee Cricket Club in 1900, the Napanee Golf Club in 1908, the Napanee Hockey Team in 1914-15, and Gibbard’s Hockey Team in 1916.

[Above featured photo: Courtesy of the Archives of Lennox and Addington, A1977.P0511 – A photo of the Enterprise Hockey Team, showing an early example of recreational hockey being played on local ponds and rivers.]

The Origin of Hockey in Napanee

In 1913, the Napanee Beaver highlighted the Napanee Collegiate Hockey team, which played in the Quinte High School League (though it is unclear where they played their home games).  Organized Junior hockey had its roots in the 1960’s with teams like the Comets, the Napanee Red Wings, the Kelly Tiremen, and the Warriors.  However, the Napanee Beaver references games played earlier by an Intermediate B-OHA team, with a team from Napanee playing at Queen’s University in the 1940s.  The Napanee Comets played at the A-Level in 1955, but found greater success at the intermediate C-Level from 1958-60, as they were able to import players, and ended up winning three titles.  Further, player and coach Walt Gerow was an excellent scout, able to find players that would help Napanee against the World Champion Whitby Dunlops, only losing to them by one point (10-9).  Their success showed, and in 1959, when Napanee’s population was only around 4000, the Comets drew a crowd of around 1800 people.

The Changing Nature of Napanee's Hockey Teams

From 1960-65, the Napanee Red Wings led the way in Junior C hockey (changing their name to the Kelly Tiremen in 1966-79 while playing in the Eastern League).  In 1980-86, they became known as the Warriors, with sponsorships from Chapmans, as well as Napanee Brick and Tile.  However, due to league changes, there was nowhere to play until 1990.  When locals in Napanee got a deal on some Raiders sweaters, and were then known as the Napanee Raiders, playing in the newly re-formed Eastern Ontario Junior C League (with the league becoming known as Empire B in 1997, and then the Tod Division of the Provincial League in 2016).  A moment of glory came in 1993, as Napanee won the championship by beating Hanover in the finals.

International Spectacle
In the 1950s, spectacle came to Napanee, as the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings played the Comets at the York Street Arena, something foreshadowed in 1933, when a Detroit Red Wings signed stick was sent to the Gibbard Athletic Club by Jack Adams.  Jack married a local from Napanee named Helen Trimble, creating a connection that would last a generation.  Jack also promised to bring the Red Wings to Napanee if they constructed a rink, and once they did, he brought the Red Wings twice. On February 27th, 1958, the Detroit Red Wings were met in Napanee with fanfare and crowds pouring out from the train station.  Gifts were exchanged, and the Red Wings went on to beat Napanee 11-3.  Detroit would return in 1959, met by 1500 school children. After an exhibition match, the Red Wings played the Napanee Comets, beating them 13-1, with all proceeds from the evening being donated to the Napanee Minor Hockey Association.
Photo Courtesy of Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): p. 5. – This photo is of an advertisement for the arrival of the Detroit Red Wings, and their game against Napanee. Further, the placement of Detroit’s name on this poster shows the importance Napanee felt by having an original NHL team come to play.
Technological Changes

Hockey in Napanee was slow to embrace the technological age, with the first digital master Registry List of players created in the 1990s (on a ‘floppy disc’). Agendas and minutes of meetings were printed as hard copies, and not usually filed for later reference. Timekeeping and scoring were done on paper, containing information about standings, playoff pairings, and other pertinent information.  Files would eventually become electronic, and by 2019, time keeping and scoring using ‘iPads,’ as well as other tablets, brought technology to the forefront of hockey in Napanee.  Another noticeable change from the 1990s-2000s was the emergence of infrastructure geared towards women’s hockey, as the opening of a new arena in 2004 saw the rise of the Napanee Crunch Organization (created solely for women players).  This did, in turn, leave some Napanee men’s teams lacking a highly talented female player (as up until this point, women would play on men’s teams, though in numbers that often misrepresented their importance).

Photo Courtesy of Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): Pp. 27. – This photo shows two things that are influential to hockey in Napanee. First, it shows the changes to technology in the scoring of hockey games, being done via tablet rather than scorecard. Second, it shows the importance of local volunteers to the infrastructural operations of hockey games in Napanee.
Photo Courtesy of Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): Pp. 27. – This photo shows two things that are influential to hockey in Napanee. First, it shows the changes to technology in the scoring of hockey games, being done via tablet rather than scorecard. Second, it shows the importance of local volunteers to the infrastructural operations of hockey games in Napanee.
Hockey During the pandemic

Like most of Canada, hockey in Napanee would be affected and halted by the Covid Pandemic. The Finals for the 2020 series were not held, only reconvening in 2021, as the OMHA Championship was initiated for regional winners to play for the championship title.  With the World Junior Championships having just happened, one can only hope to see the same excitement and sportsmanship that hockey has facilitated in Napanee over the previous century.

Source: Kelsey, Murray. “Hockey in Napanee, and Napanee District Minor Hockey.” The Archives of Lennox and Addington (March-October 2023): Pp. 1-40.

The Magic of Memories

By Alannah MacGregor, Programs & Exhibitions Coordinator

It’s the holiday season here at the Museum and just like for many people it’s a very busy time of year. The halls have been decked and our woodland creatures are out and about, hiding in our Christmas trees, flying overhead, and frolicking in our mini village. Coming into work I love the magical feel of the Museum this time of year. This is my fourth Christmas working at the Museum of Lennox and Addington and I find a few memories coming back to me. Some are funny others are frustrating like trying to find a ladder tall enough to put garland up along the foyer beams. Others are sweet like creating wishing jars this year and seeing all the children have fun creating something special to them. 

Memories are really the place where the holidays and museums overlap in a Venn diagram no one asked for. As the main person putting together programs at the Museum I try to make every program memorable to someone. With the aforementioned wishing jars I had a few moments in mind, one memory I was trying to create was one that wouldn’t even happen at the Museum. Participants took home their wishing jars and a battery tea light home and I could just imagine that little memorable moment of awe when each participant would drop their light in and see their wishing jars twinkle with a warm light. Another program we’ve put together that I’m hoping will make a lot of memories will be A Winter’s Eve Light  2023. I say this knowing that by the time this blog goes up online the program will be a few days passed. But speaking to readers from a time before our December 12th event I hope this event creates big memories for our community of coming to the Museum and being amazed.

One of the best parts of both museums and the holiday season is that sharing memories is encouraged! Whether it’s sitting around at a holiday party sharing stories with your friends or reminiscing about times gone by as your walk through exhibits. Accumulating memories is one of the many reasons why I love the exhibit our Archivist Heather and I put together this past September about postcards and world travel. One of my favorite parts of the exhibit is an area where people can write their own travel and adventure memories and post them on part of the exhibit. I haven’t come across any yet but I’m hoping at some point this season we get someone’s holiday travel story up on the wall.

I’ve noticed in the last few years there’s been a push on social media about making memories instead of supporting material culture this time of year. This is great idea especially for the environment but being part of a museum team has really shown me how memories and material culture can sometimes be so entwined. I have a couple recent stories that illustrate this point. For Christmas 2004 my parents gave me a stuffed moose. This moose was mass produced, as generic as any other stuffed toy I had ever received and significantly more than some. He was lovingly given the name ‘Bruce the Moose’ and I kept him for 19 years before I had the pleasure of giving him to my son. I will never forget the memory of giving him Bruce, this well-loved Christmas moose, and the genuine smile on his face knowing I was giving him something I had cherished for so long. I think that it’s undeniable to say that humans have a tendency to like ‘things’ but when those ‘things’ are connected to memories good or bad they take on more power to us than almost anything.

I have one more intersection between holiday memories and museums that I thought I’d share with you, and it’s actually the inspiration for this blog post. While getting ready for work this morning I put on a necklace I very rarely wear, it came from my Grandma who passed away 15 years ago this spring. I put it on this morning and didn’t give it another thought as the daily morning chaos commenced, but I found that my mind had been working in the background as on my way to work in a quiet moment a vivid memory came up of what my Grandma’s roast carrots tasted like at every Christmas dinner. Ironic really as those were always my most dreaded part of any Christmas meal. From there my memory flowed out to the voices of cousins I haven’t spoken to in years, the floral wallpaper that covered the kitchen walls at her house, and so much more. All these tiny memories I hadn’t given any mind to in years were suddenly front and center and I missed her more acutely than I had in a very long time. If one necklace can do that, it shows me once again why any museum’s collection is the center of all it does. The objects we collect, preserve, and display are powerful. Even though most days I’m working on programming it stills reaffirms to me why museums exist and that maybe just like the holidays season it’s about the memories that mean something, even if we don’t know it at the time.

My Practicum at the Archives: Researching the CR 9 Tomato Cannery

By Laurie McBurney

Hi, everyone! I’m a Carleton University history student. I am working on a practicum at the Museum of Lennox and Addington which ends in December.

What is a practicum anyway?

A practicum is a program designed to give a student some work experience outside the traditional classroom setting and provide the opportunity to apply some of their historical training to help an organization, like the Archives, meet its own institutional goals. In my time here, I hope to provide the Archives with a short, well-researched history of a small rural area of Napanee.

I am grateful that Archivist Heather Wilson agreed to oversee my practicum. Taking this on has certainly added to the workload of a very busy person. Heather directs me in accessing and using archival records, suggests next steps when I am running into blind alleys – which has happened often – and will write a final report on my activities when the practicum ends.

Heather and I decided my project would be to research and write about a small tomato cannery located on County Road 9 on the north shore of Hay Bay (also referred to as CR 9 tomato cannery). This topic was of personal interest to me, since the cannery was apparently located on my own and my next-door neighbour’s property. I also thought it would be of general interest to the public as an example of one of the myriad ways area farmers were able to earn supplementary income to support their families.

Gretna Church was sold to the County of Lennox and Addington and demolished in a road widening project. The church, along with Anderson, Sand Hill, Bethany and Hay Bay churches, composed the "Hay Bay Circuit." Only Hay Bay Church remains standing today.
One of the one-room schoolhouses that once opened their doors to the children of CR 9, Jubilee School can still be seen on the part of CR 9 commonly known as River Road.
The Elusive cr 9 tomato cannery - lost to time or never existed?

Initially, the only information I had about the CR 9 tomato cannery was what I had heard during casual chats with a few neighbours. I believed it would be fairly simple to confirm that information and flesh it out with a little research into the archival records. I assumed there would be ads and stories in local newspapers, perhaps mentions in local memoirs, clippings and photos in the local Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir History Books, business listings in old phone books.

Well.

After several days of reviewing all these archival materials and more, I came up dry. I found no information about a cannery on CR 9 at all. Concerned that my practicum was heading for disaster, I spoke to Heather about changing the focus of my research to a more generalized history of CR 9, including the little one-room schoolhouses; the five churches that made up the “Bay Circuit;” the building of CR 9 itself, including its widening in the 1960s or 70s; and the ferries that plied Hay Bay between the north and south shores. We agreed to chart a new course.

Located on Little Creek Road, Anderson Church was one of the five churches included on the "Bay Circuit." It was located on Little Creek Road, near County Road 9. The church was torn down in 1967, but its hymn board was saved and now hangs in the foyer of Trinity United Church in Napanee.
Neighbourhood stories and memories

But, you know, it seems the minute you decide there is no further information to be found via your own method, the information seems to come forward all on its own. And historical research is rarely done in a straightforward fashion. If you think it’s easy to go down rabbit holes on the Internet, try reading through a personal memoir. Tantalizing little clues pop up on nearly every page, just begging you to veer off your original course and investigate further. And I did indeed to veer to find out the truth of the CR 9 tomato cannery; I veered right off the document track and right back to the neighbours from whom I heard about the cannery in the first place.

It turns out my neighbours were doing some of my research for me – by talking to other people in the community. They discovered that they knew someone who knew someone else who remembered the CR 9 tomato cannery. When I interviewed the “people who knew”, they not only verified the presence of the mysterious cannery, but they were able to provide the names of the people who operated it.
They had memories of their farmer fathers loading up bushel baskets of tomatoes on wagons to take to the cannery. They remembered their aunts and mothers peeling tomatoes at the cannery warehouse. And they even recollected the noise of the factory and the smell of the waste it produced. Even better, they knew approximately when the cannery closed and who bought it.

This was great information! I could picture women in aprons, surrounded by simmering pots of water, wiping the sweat off their brows as they peeled endless piles of tomatoes on hot summer days. I could see the overall-clad farmers lining up in their wagons, waiting their turn to have their produce weighed.

verifying memories with documentation

Unfortunately, up to this point, all of these pictures exist only in my own imagination. The people who have personal experience of the CR 9 tomato cannery unfortunately have no pictures or documentation about it. No receipts for tomatoes delivered, no pay stubs representing the long, hot hours of peeling tomatoes.

But.

I do know now that the cannery existed and the approximate dates it operated. Consultation with the land registry tells me who owned the property at the time. I know who the cannery sold to – a bigger operation in Deseronto. These are all leads that I can follow up on to hopefully flesh out a fuller picture of a small industrial operation that helped farmers and their families make ends meet through some rough years in the farming business. It is a story I can document as best as I am able before it is lost in time. It is a story I can include in my more generalized research project about the history of CR 9, for which the Archives holdings have provided a wealth of information in personal memoirs, the Women’s Institute and the valuable scrapbooks they created that reflect the history of their communities at the time, the stories of the little local churches and schools contained in minute books, in the Trinity United Church archives, the newspaper reports and architectural investigations.

One of the many sources of valuable research information I have used for my project include the old phone books carefully preserved by the Archives.
the value of our archives

There are many ways to research history. As my CR 9 tomato cannery story demonstrates, the personal memories of people are of vital importance. But we need to preserve the documentation, the wills, the pictures, the newspapers, and, even more critically today, our digital records that are so easily erased or discarded due to technical advances, to verify personal remembrance and to give us a broader understanding of our history and what brought us to where we are today. Our archives are essential to this endeavour.

The Tweedsmuir History Books compiled by members of the Women's Institute are a goldmine for researchers searching for local history. This collection by the Centennial Women's Institute is protected by a wooden cover made by a husband of one of the members.
Thanks to...

I am grateful to the Museum of Lennox and Addington for allowing me to do my practicum at their wonderful institution. More particularly, I am grateful to Archivist Heather Wilson, whose duties have been made more onerous by agreeing to supervise me, and is always available, always helpful and always finds different routes to teasing out information significant to my project. I also thank Liam Kishinevsky, a History graduate and Archives volunteer who has generously given me access to his research; Peggy King, Trinity United Church Archivist, who has been invaluable in providing information about the Bay circuit churches; County Road 9 neighbours who shared their memories about the CR 9 tomato cannery, particularly Ralph Bedwell and Al Sherman; and Wayne Bower – a published genealogist and very supportive husband, who spent many an autumn afternoon on County Road 9 with his directionally challenged spouse pinpointing the location of long-gone schools and churches.

Napanee Arena: Adding the Colour

By Jim Sova

At the Archives, we regularly receive requests for some particular fact.  It can be a date related to an ancestor, or information about when golf first started in the Napanee area.  Sometimes I am asked to look through the newspaper collection to see if I can find the fact they are looking for.  After the recent disastrous fire at the former Napanee Arena on the morning of October 23rd, we received an inquiry about a time capsule that had been placed at the Arena.  I searched the newspapers from around the time of the Arena’s construction and initially did not find a reference to the time capsule, but I did find a lot of other interesting information.  This said, Heather, the Archivist, did find information on the time capsule in the December 22nd, 1955 issue of The Post-Express. An article on page one indicates a corner stone was laid outside the Arena by Mayor Lorne Smart’s son, Teddy. Placed inside this corner stone were issues of the previous week’s papers covering the Arena’s opening, 1955 coins, and then names of town council members, the Arena commission, and the original executive committee. 

Although the information I originally unearthed did not answer the time capsule question, it does provide a lot of background to the construction of our beloved Arena.  I call this “Adding the Colour” to the initial fact that was asked, because it gives a lot context to the significance of the time capsule.  In genealogy, I love to find the stories that surround the facts of when and where an ancestor was born, lived and died.  Sometimes it may be a prison record and the newspaper stories of the case that put them there, or a business newsletter that profiled them as a valued employee of the business.  The stories bring the person to life and help us understand the person and their time. 

Here is some of the “Added Colour” I found in my search for the Napanee Arena time capsule.

Building the Napanee Arena
The Napanee Arena after the July 5th,1955 wind storm.

Construction on the Arena for Napanee was a dream with fundraising campaigns starting after World War Two. The main fundraising began in 1954.  The initial target was $131,500.  The Napanee Beaver and The Post-Express newspapers are full of details of the fundraising, including a Peanut Drive by the Women’s Community Centre Group and a Community Auction. The newsworthy specifics of who was giving what was down to $5.00 and below.

The original fundraising target included artificial ice.  However, in April 1955, a contract was signed after $105,000 had been raised to cover the $106,000 price for the building portion only.  The expectation was that the building would be completed in time for the Napanee Fair anniversary in September 1955. 

The sod turning took place in early May.  Construction was well underway with the walls erected when a windstorm with “tornado like winds” on July 5th took down three of the four walls. The picture above is not one of the Arena after the recent fire, but after the windstorm in 1955. The damage was estimated at $40,000! It was covered by insurance and the building was partially completed by the time of the Fair.  

Fundraising was then redoubled to bring in the $25,000 that was needed for artificial ice. In October, the Committee was still $7,500 short of the artificial ice equipment target, but facing a deadline, the ice was ordered. 

The fundraising was accomplished, the Arena completed and on December 17th, 1955, the Arena opened debt free. This event made the headlines in Napanee and Toronto.

Click the images below to expand and read some headlines and articles!

TIES to LiSTOWEL ARENA

In 1955, Napanee residents were alarmed to hear of the collapse of the arena in Listowel, Ontario. At the time of the fundraising, pictures and room layouts of the Listowel Arena were used for publicity. Although the contractor was given the layout of the Listowel Arena to draw the plans, none of the blueprints from Listowel were used and Listowel was rebuilt by a different contractor. 

Listowel Arena, The Napanee Beaver, May 11th, 1955, page 1
Keeping Stories of the Napanee Arena Alive!

Am I sorry that I did not initially get the details about the time capsule? Yes, I always like to answer the request, but sometimes the information gleaned along the way can prove even more interesting than the information you were looking to find in the first place.

Tag the Museum on social media (Facebook or Instagram) as you reminisce about your own memories of the Napanee Arena! And feel free to stop by the Archives to learn more and browse the local newspapers.

If you have any photographs of the Napanee Arena that can add even more colour its stories, please contact the Archives by email at archives@lennox-addington.on.ca or by calling 613-354-3027 x 3523!

 Let’s keep the history and stories of the Napanee Arena alive!

Five-year old Joe Wightman's first time on skates at the Napanee Arena in December 1955.
From The Napanee Beaver, December 22, 1955 (page 1).
Newspaper Issues Featuring the Napanee Arena

Here is a list of The Post-Express and The Napanee Beaver newspaper articles I found about the building and opening of the Napanee Arena (this is by no means exhaustive!):

  • The Post-Express
    • July 7, 1955 (page 1) – “3 walls of community centre collapse, damage is $40,000”
    • May 5th, 1955 (page 1) – “Construction starts at community centre” and “Volunteer help given opportunity on centre”
    • December 21, 1955 (page 1) – “Arena opens, 2,000 present” and “Tot, 5, cuts ribbon, kids surge onto ice”
    • January 5, 1956 (page 1) – “Contractor gets last cheque for the arena” and “$1,400 more comes in for the community centre”
  • The Napanee Beaver
    • April 20, 1955 (page 1) – “To build a community arena”
    • April 27, 1955 (pages 1,2) – “Text of arena contract”
    • May 4, 1955 (page 1) – “Site prepared: Arena construction starting this week”
    • May 11, 1955 (page 1) – “First sod turned for arena”
    • May 18, 1955 (page 1) – “Calendar: Arena fund raising activities”
    • June 1, 1955 (page 1) – “County give $1,000 cheque to new arena”
    • June 15, 1955 (pages 1,6) – “Report presented on community centre fund”
    • July 6, 1955 (page 1) – “Wind storm lashes district”
    • July 13, 1955 (pages 1,3)- “Check arena work, clean bill given” and “Arena artificial ice plant is in doubt”
    • August 19, 1955 (page 1) – “Getting ready to roof arena”
    • September 14, 1955 (pages 1, 3) – “Drive on for artificial ice”
    • September 21, 1955 (page 1) – “Artificial ice fund climbs to $5000.00”
    • October 12, 1955 (page 1) – “Only four day left artificial ice drive”
    • Ocotber 19, 1955 (pages 1, 3) – “$7500 short, but ice ordered”
    • October 26, 1955 (pages 1, 3) – “In by December: Artificial ice for arena is explained”
    • December 7, 1955 (page 1) – “Volunteers in action”
    • December 14, 1955 (pages 1, 3) – “Arena will open debt-free”
    • December 21, 1955 (pages 1-3) – “Why the arena was built…” and “Skating returns to Napanee”

Ghost Stories and Legends from the Archives Collection

By Liam Kishinevsky

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Tis the season of fall leaves, long sleeves, pumpkin spice posts, and ghastly ghosts! So in celebration of All Hallows’ Eve, we thought we would share with you a local ghost legend that Liam Kishinevsky, one of our amazing Museum Volunteers, came across while working in the Archives! Don’t worry, it isn’t scary, however, it is filled with local history that may send you on a wild treasure hunt!

Liam has kindly written a summary of the legend of Murdoff’s Tavern below. You can find the full story in the Archives in a March 1990 article for the Lennox and Addington Historical Society, written by Wesley M. Alkenbrack and titled “Murdoff’s Tavern: At the western edge of the Great Marsh on the Napanee River” (A2008.027.06). 

Liam working away in the Archives

The Legend of Murdoff's Tavern

Murdoff’s tavern had long been subject to mystery and conjecture in the county, as even the name of the family was left ambiguous, with some calling him “Murdock.”  Alkenbrack gives his explanation to this as being the result of rural people in the tavern era having a carelessness by turning names into something more easily familiar to their own tongue.  This account by Alkenbrack thus seeks to rectify such discrepancies.  The tavern’s years of operation cannot be solidified with absolute surety, but nonetheless, it is a vivid component of the river’s history.

Establishing a Tavern

Three Miles from the town, along Deseronto Road, lies the Daly Farm.  The Daly family came from Prince Edward County in 1857, already an active business tycoon in the blending of teas.  They continued business of this Napaneean farm, establishing the Daly Tea Company in 1876.  The registry office shows the purchase of Lot E1/2 Con. 1 Township of Richmond from an R.R. (Robert Russell) Murdoff on September 2nd, 1857; a sale of 100 acres for a total of $1100.  This is corroborated by a letter Alkenbrack received from Archie Wilson.

Murdoff erected his tavern on the riverbank of his farm, with the first record of this coming from December 9th, 1846, when he purchased 100 acres from E. Dewitt for $500.  The elevation in price Daly paid for seems to be the result of new buildings erected on the property.  Murdoff had recorded possession of the farm from 1846-1863, so the tavern must have been built sometime during this 17-year period.  There was a double purpose to this building, combining a dwelling with a tavern to take advantage of the growing activity along the river.  Two buildings became synonymous with the Daly farmstead in the early 20th Century: a red-brick dwelling, most likely built during the barley rush; and a farmhouse built well-before, and associated with Murdoff.  This latter building had a superior frame dwelling to those made during this era of construction. 

A Busy Tavern

Being located near the Big Bend, where the confluence of waters flows into the Bay of Quinte, schooners would have lined the north shore.  Ships like the Lyman Davis would run well into the 1800s, and ships would often run aground on sandbars like those off of McKendry’s island, needing to be kegged off at high tide, or freed by Pyke Salvage from Kingston.  On the cleared and stone-buttressed banks of the shore lay the tavern.  It seems a removed and distant place for travelers seeking a tavern, though it was the river traffic that saw Murdoff’s tavern plans put to fruition.  The river was busy at this time, moving much of the local commerce.  Napanee, Deseronto, and Picton all relied on the waters of the bay, as roads and railroads left much to be desired for efficient transportation.  This only increased with the ‘barley rush,’ as ships would travel across Lake Ontario to offload stores at American ports.  A grain wharf lay only a few hundred yards west of Murdoff’s Tavern, resting at a depth that allowed grain schooners to rest alongside and load barley, connected to further wagon trains that formed along the roadways.  This traffic provided ample customer bases for Murdoff’s Tavern, probably boasting a small landing strip for docking vessels as a result. 

Photograph postcard of the Lyman Davis schooner in the Napanee River
Photograph postcard of the Lyman Davis schooner in the Napanee River. From the Archives, A1976.P1645.

Murdoff’s closest competition was Kimmerly’s Tavern, less than a mile away at the intersection of Deseronto Road and Barker’s Side Road.  The busiest times for Murdoff were in the late spring and early summer when the river drivers worked the vast and continuous log businesses flowing down the Napanee River, past the Tavern, to the Rathburn’s great mills.  Whiskey was also flowing greatly during the spring/summer log drives.  Murdoff’s local legend grew, especially the idea that his fortune was physically close to him as some form of gold, amassed and hoarded.  This legend of hoarded gold may have been due to his closed and frivolous nature, or perhaps due to community imagination, however, both during his lifetime and after his demise, the call of gold still lingered in the imaginations of the community. 

Local legend grows

In Murdoff’s time, banks were not trusted by rural folk, and gold was a measure against hardships and times of crisis, thus leading to many hoarding it as a hedge of sorts.  Safe-keeping was a preoccupation of thrifty people, dealing in exaggerated fears regarding momentous events beyond their borders.  The American Civil War saw the northern states dangerously aroused with arms and victories, causing concern amongst Canadian communities along the frontier.  Memories of 1812 still lingered, and with the US’ internal quarrels resolved, might they not turn to another frontier to conduct wars with their ‘Grand Army?’  The sporadic Fenian Raids that occurred after the Civil War only heightened concerns, to such an extent that locals were called up as volunteers for defence.  It was said that at this time, Murdoff buried his gold for safe-keeping, and the legend that he forgot his hiding place grew evermore prominent.  He was often seen pacing back and forth across the fields of his and the Oliver farm, as if searching for something.

"Doing a Little Digging" [Camp Le Nid]. Photograph of a man digging into soil with a spade and another man seated next to him.
"Doing a Little Digging" [Camp Le Nid]. From the Archives, A1947.T01B.34. [Note: These men are not digging for Murdoff's gold, but we imagine Murdoff and the treasure hunters would be digging similar to them!]

The neighboring Oliver Farm had once encompassed all four farms between Oliver and Baker Sideroads as a Crown grant to the original Oliver.  Harry Oliver had a family interest in the tavern story, as his grandmother (Lucy Woodcock), worked as a servant at the tavern when she was a young girl.  It was here that she met Fredrick Oliver, the man she would marry.  Harry, now an aged man and one of the few remaining authorities on the tavern, sat down with Alkenbrack for a conversation on January 21st, 1961.  He reported his grandmother’s musings of how Murdoff would empty his pockets of gold at the end of the day, putting them in a strongbox in his bedroom.  Occasionally, she would find a five or ten gold piece on the floor and return it to Murdoff (she thought that he was testing her honesty).  Harry stated that as a young boy, he worked the fields and saw freshly-dug soil by the line fence between the two farms.  Puzzled by this, he went to tell his uncle what he’d found.  The two went down to the field, and upon seeing the dug up pile, his uncle exclaimed that someone was digging for Murdoff’s gold.  Harry returned to the house for a shovel and began digging, but to no avail.  Harry reported that digging occurred on the property for a few years by unknown persons.  So the hunt lingered, with the story adding that Murdoff’s ghost joined in the hunt as well, pacing the fields at night, mournfully longing for his treasure.  

Ghost Stories from the Historical Napanee Express

Browsing through historical local newspapers in the Archives always proves entertaining. The Archivist Heather came across some ghost stories in historical issues of the Napanee Express that we think are share-worthy! (Some are even comical!) Thanks to all the work done by the Archives, you can access these stories, along with others in the Napanee Express, online from home!

So here are a few of our favourites for you to delve into…perhaps, late at night along with your ghost friends!

Happy reading!

New Season, New Face & More Stories!

Meet the New Digital Content & Social Media Assistant!

By Nicole Mulder

Hello everyone and happy Fall! My name is Nicole and while this is the same blog, I am a new face posting to it. I’m excited to be joining the Museum of Lennox & Addington as the new Digital Content and Social Media Assistant while Liz is away for the year. I promise to try my absolute best to continue the wonderful work she has been doing to share the Museum’s happenings and collections (including helping her work towards her goal of sharing that 90% of the collection that is not online!) 

I thought I would use this blog post to share a little about myself so you can get to know who is behind the Museum’s next year of digital content and social media posts. I grew up right here in Lennox & Addington—right down the road in good ole Odessa. In hindsight, I think it was the museums, art galleries, archives, and historic sites of L&A and the surrounding area that made me gravitate toward a career in the heritage sector. I even recall going to Macpherson House when I was young and watching Susi Reinink work her weaving magic in the kitchen! So you could say I have always been a museum and history fan, however, I didn’t truly realize the extent of my fandom until my 20s

(L-R) Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds, England where I studied; and then a recent trip to Morocco with visits to Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts and Volubilis Archaelogical Site

Eventually Pursuing a Career in Heritage

Education-wise, I originally focused on visual arts at the end of high school and then went on to study it at university (nope, not history, museum studies, marketing, or business). It was not until my third year of my degree when I studied abroad in Leeds, England that I truly started thinking about working in heritage. Travelling around the United Kingdom and Europe, going to endless historic sites, museums, galleries, special libraries, and archives, you could say led to my “aha moment”! I not only gained an obsession with travelling to and learning about new places (open to any adventure suggestions!), but I also saw the possibility of working in a heritage environment in my future. 

After I graduated from art school, I took a year off and started  working with the Kingston & Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites (KAM). I was able to get my first inside look at the area’s heritage and culture sector when I got my first art contract with KAM. I (re)visited and illustrated all of their member sites (including Macpherson House and the Museum). This continued exposure to places filled with so much historical information inspired me to pursue graduate degrees in Archival Studies and Library Information Studies in Vancouver. Every co-op or placement of my degrees was either in a museum’s or gallery’s collections departments, both archival and object-based. I learned how to work with a wide range of collections—physical and digital—as well as, quickly gained an understanding of how heritage professionals must be able to think on their feet and wear multiple hats at times! 

It’s About the Stories

While I am trained as an archivist and librarian and most recently worked at an Archival Assistant at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, what I have noticed throughout my work is that I have always been drawn to the stories hidden in the collections I process. One of my archives professors always reminded us “an archivist does not need to read the records.” Well, oops, I can’t help it, I love a good story. Wherever I worked, I would always find myself “distracted” by the stories, whether it was those in the newspapers I was repairing at Bruce County, in the artwork I was cataloguing at the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver, or while I was inventorying the different cannonballs at Murney Tower, imagining the story of how they got the +6400 lbs. Blomefield cannon onto the gun platform (19th century crane??).

All this said, I am excited about this new job at the Museum of Lennox & Addington. I am not only allowed to indulge in such stories, but I am also encouraged to share them with all of you, and invite you to the place where they come to life! Not to mention, I get to combine my love of art and design with museums, history and my obsession with learning new things. And the cherry on top of all of this, I am finally back home in Lennox and Addington, where my own story with museums started. So next time you are by the Museum, I may be a new face, but feel free to say hello!

Meet our Summer Students!

By Tom, Harmony and Jo

In this blog, are pleased to introduce you to our three summer students for 2023! 

Tom

Hello! My name is Thomas Goyer, and I work as an Archival Assistant at the Museum of Lennox & Addington. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work in a new environment. My previous summer jobs have primarily been in the service industry, specifically in breweries and wineries, or as a freelance journalist. Working in an archive is a different pace than these other workplaces, but it is much more interesting.

I am not from Napanee, but I was born and raised down the road in Belleville. I have moved a lot in the last few years, having lived in Gravenhurst, Guelph, Belleville, and Kingston in just over two and a half years. This movement has been partly caused by my education. I attended Loyalist College in Belleville, where I received a diploma in journalism in 2020. I then went to the University of Guelph, where I completed a degree in Political Science in 2023. I am starting a master’s degree in Public Administration at Queen’s University this fall.

In May, I moved to Kingston and settled with my partner Leila, who also works in Napanee. Having grown up in Belleville and now living in Kingston, working in Napanee feels very close to home. In my personal time, I am an avid reader and love history, politics, and classic fiction. My enjoyment of history has made working at the archives a natural and enjoyable experience. It was my love of history that led me to apply to the archives.

Much of my work in the archives involves cataloging issues of the Napanee Beaver. The archives did not have a complete list of which issues of the Beaver they did or did not have. My task has been to go through the archives and develop this list. I have found the task interesting and rewarding, as it is fascinating to read news headlines from decades past.

I am unsure about where my career path will take me, but I believe that working in the archives will help me develop skills that will be beneficial for my future career. I will not rule out working in a museum in the future and I am looking forward to working here for the next few months.

Harmony

Hi! I’m Harmony and I am the Collection Assistant Summer Student at the Lennox and Addington Museum. A little about me: I am going into my second year at Queen’s University for my Bachelor of Arts Honors in Environmental Studies, I am a bookworm with a particular interest in historical fantasy and I am obsessed with the Star Wars and Marvel franchises. I have had a passion for history throughout my life and I have fallen into many rabbit holes while researching for projects at school (why write essays when I could find obscure information about the medieval times). In terms of particular periods of time I have had fixations on World War Two, the Opium Wars, and ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. More recently though I have found an interest here in Lennox and Addington county.

As the Collection Assistant, I will be researching the large costume collection we have here at the museum. Since I started working here I have fallen in love with uncovering local history and sharing the stories of so many people through my project. To quickly highlight some interesting items, I have found a NDSS jacket owned by a local radio host, a cloak bought in Paris by a 1900s socialite and Canadian military uniforms ranging from the militia in the 1860s to the Navy in the 1960s. Long story short, I am very excited to see what the rest of the collection holds for me this summer and I will be sure to highlight some of my favorites, so keep an eye out for that!

Jo

Hello, my name is Jo! I am the summer Museum Assistant. You can meet me at the museum’s reception desk, or at Macpherson House, doing admission, tours, and some programming! 

I first stepped foot in Napanee this April, and feel so lucky to have found this summer position to keep me here for longer. I am just a few months away from completing my bachelor’s degree in Honours History from McMaster University. Given how much I’m enjoying my job here with the museum, I feel very secure that I’m on the right educational path, which is something I haven’t been able to say until pretty recently. 

All the staff members, including my fellow summer students, are incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about their work! In this position, I get a taste of all the museum’s different departments: archives, programs, exhibits, collections, marketing, etc. It’s opened my eyes to how much effort and dedication goes into a place like this, and talking to museum visitors shows me how important the museum is as a community space. I am delighted to spend my summer here, learning lots about both museum work and the community of Napanee!

Creating an Impact

By Alannah MacGregor

Spring Programming is just beginning here at the Museum of Lennox and Addington and I am so excited about the lineup that’s been put together. Our spring season is so jam packed our Digital Content Specialist Liz could barely fit it all in one guide. Luckily she is brilliant and was able to create a fantastic spring program guide you can pick up at the museum.   

After planning a whole spring of fun activities for kids, teens, and adults alike I find myself trying to write a blog about it. Sometimes these blogs flow like a river and sometimes they flow like a rock slide; they’ll both make it there in the end but the rocks lack a certain grace during the process. When I sat down to write this blog, a couple different times, I started looking for a commonality among the programs. I was sure excited about them all but that would make for a very short blog. So I kept thinking and though it wasn’t wholly intentional there was a theme that tied all these programs together, it was impact!

Spring activity guides are available for pick up at the Museum!

The first set of programs I am going to talk about are our Museum Kids and Teen Takeover programs that take place the first Saturday of every month. I took advantage of this spring to highlight the impact of the things we do here at the museum. In April we became history detectives with our Archivist Heather, in May we will be learning about some of the fun aspects of curating a museum with JoAnne, and in June we get to explore creating social media presence based on what’s found in the museum with Liz. The way this relates to impact is really just that I’m proud of what we do here at the museum. People come into the museum every day and I see the profound impact of the exhibits curated by JoAnne. I see how meaningful it is for our archive visitors to find minute details about their families. I see how the work we do here at the museum touches many lives and I really wanted to give kids and teens the opportunity to see the fun parts of our jobs. From corny social media reels to hunting down the missing piece of an archival puzzle, to finding the exact right artifacts for an exhibit. Overall I wanted to highlight all the different ways that the museum employees work behind the scenes to be able to bring those impactful stories to our visitors. 

Just some of the fun we get up to with social media...

The next set of programs to mention are our Tuesday Night at the Museum events which are lecture style talks about a little bit of everything. On April 11th we learned about the impact women on the home front had on World War I & II, we have another historical talk on June 20th about the impact the fur trade had on music of the period. We also have a talk on the impact people can have in modern times with Carol VandenEngel and Glenn Green; who canoed and portaged across Canada to benefit a local non-profit organization ‘Loving Spoonful’. Imagine canoeing across an entire country! One other Tuesday Night at the Museum I haven’t mentioned yet is taking place April 25th. The museum is welcoming Dr. Shelley Arnott to speak about her work regarding the impact of road salt on aquatic life. This talk in particular captured my imagination. Salt has such an essential role in the how life can or cannot exist; I am so curious to find out some of the ways it impacts something as small as plankton or as large as a fish.

Glenn Green and Carol Vanden Engel

The final programs I wanted to highlight are our PA day programs taking place June 2nd. I absolutely LOVE planning PA day programs. Many of our other programs are themed around exhibits or have to meet certain criteria, but PA days are where I get to just do something fun that inspires me. With all the joy I find in spring I couldn’t wait to do a PA day program outside by the river at Macpherson House, so of course both our kids and teen programs are all about discovering and identifying nature. How does this relate back to impact? It goes back to my first year of university majoring in Zoology, I was required to take BIOL 1070 Discovering Biodiversity. Now this course was enlightening in many ways but one way that stood out was how they taught us to identify plants and animals using what’s called a dichotomous key. Essentially a dichotomous key is a series of questions you answer to find out what an organism is; a simple example is would be ‘does it have 6 legs or 8 legs?’ if it has 6 legs it’s likely an insect and would guide you with further questions to narrow down what kind of insect. Learning about this tool and being able to figure out what the name of an organism was simply and purely amazing to me. Even something like learning how to identify the different maple trees in my own backyard broadened my whole view of exactly how much biodiversity is in the world around us. The natural world is huge and my goal with this PA day program is to give kids and teens the opportunity to feel that wonder of how big and diverse the natural world really is.

Before Museums, it was Zoology!

All in all I think the impact of the spring programs here at the Museum of Lennox and Addington will be a good one. These programs show us examples of the impact we can have just doing our jobs, the impact we can have on the hope and prosperity of our communities, and the impact that understanding our own planet can have on us. I’ve talked to a lot of people about programming and the message I keep getting is that not every program is going to connect with every person, however if the program you design impacts just one person, creates an interest, or sparks an idea then the program was a success. So that’s what I’m working towards with each and every program

Refugees, Genealogy and DNA, and the Oscars?

By jim sova

Have you ever bought a new car and then everywhere you drive you see the same make and colour of car? I have been preparing a talk on refugees, genealogy and DNA and now I am seeing references to refugees everywhere.

 I started thinking about the stories of our refugee ancestors and how to bring that into the talk. Before long, I found myself reading poetry and watching movie trailers. 

The poetry?  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie is the story of the expulsion of the Acadians. It follows lovers separated during the expulsion and Evangeline’s journey to find him.

The movie trailers?  There are a lot to choose from. How about The Voyage of the Damned? It is the story of a group of German Jewish refugees on a ship in 1939 bound for Cuba. They are refused entry there and anywhere else in North America and eventually return to Europe. The story is based on a real ship, the MS St. Louis from Hamburg. The Refuge Canada exhibition at the Museum from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 now includes a picture of the Dublon family with some friends posing on the deck of the St. Louis. The five members of that family died in Auschwitz. More recent examples are Schindler’s List and even Disney’s Animated Encanto has a storyline of being forcibly displaced from your home. What ties them all together besides refugees?  They all received Oscar nominations. This year the documentary short Stranger at the Gate received a nomination. Are they unique? Far from it, lots of movies, television shows, books and even poetry are inspired by refugee stories. Here is a link to 5 movies about refugees nominated in 2022 from the UNHCR.   Oscars 2022: Five Powerful Movies About the Refugee Crisis (unrefugees.org)

How does this fit into genealogy? Part of genealogy is finding the names and birth and death dates back through time for our ancestors, but you also need to understand the stories of their lives and what they went through. These movies and books can help us to understand those times. Do I recommend the movies or poetry as documentary sources for your family tree? No, not for dates or names, but they can help us understand what our ancestors may have been experiencing. The Longfellow poem helps us to understand what it was like to hack a clearing to farm out of the primeval forest that covered North America at that time and then have that life torn apart.

I had this blog almost completed when I heard “refugee” mentioned in an Oscar acceptance speech.  It said more about the refugee experience that I could possibly write here. He might even look a bit familiar as he played the kid in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Here is the link https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/ke-huy-quan-everything-everywhere-wins-oscar-best-actor-supporting-rol-rcna73583

Creator: Kevin Winter | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2023 Getty Images

Jim Sova will be sharing more about geneaology, DNA, and tracing refugee routes on March 21st for Tuesday Night at the Museum. You can learn more here: https://countymuseum.ca/event/march-21/

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