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Unlocking the Past: Keys to your Home’s Story

Are you curious about your house’s past, but don’t know where to start? Wishing the walls could share their secrets? Come join us in the Archives’ Reading Room on April 20th for an enlightening property workshop and learn how to unravel the history of your house. Our guest speaker Megan Hobson will share her professional insight on navigating and interpreting historical records and will equip you with the tools to unlock your own home’s story.

In this two-part workshop, Megan will kick off the first session with an overview of available records and techniques for interpreting them effectively. From census data to property deeds, you’ll gain the skills needed to piece together your home’s story.

In the second part, dive deeper into practical application. Through insightful case studies of historic properties from Lennox and Addington county, you’ll witness firsthand how to uncover the captivating tales woven into the fabric of your own home.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Archives Association of Ontario East/est Chapter.

Time: 1:30 – 4:30pm

Cost: $25/person

This workshop is geared towards adults and homeowners. Pre-registration is required as spots are limited. Registration closes on Thursday, April 18 or when full.

About the Speaker:

Megan Hobson is a heritage specialist with an MA in Architectural History from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Heritage Conservation from the Willowbank School of Restoration. Her firm Hobson Heritage Consulting provides a full range of professional heritage planning services for public and private sector clients including heritage reports, heritage permit applications, heritage planning approvals and heritage grant applications. Her practice focuses on sustainable approaches to the renewal and revitalization of heritage buildings and districts through creative collaboration with property owners, approval authorities, community groups,  architects, engineers, sustainability consultants and specialized building trades and crafts.


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Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Archives hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm* & 1 – 4pm

*closed from 12 –  1pm 

Macpherson House & Park hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm in July & August

Holiday Hours 2024

February 17 – 19: Closed (Family Day Weekend)
March 29 – April 1: Closed (Good Friday & Easter Weekend)
May 18 – 20: Closed (Victoria Day Weekend)
June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
August 3 – 5: Closed (Civic Holiday Weekend)
August 31 – September  2: Closed (Labour Day Weekend)

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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Labour Day Weekend Hours

Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
Have a great long weekend!