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Dorchester’s Keillor House Museum opens for 51st season this weekend

The Keillor House Museum in Dorchester will open for the season this weekend.
The Keillor House Museum in Dorchester will open for the season this weekend. - File image

New exhibit Your Smart Phone to be unveiled Saturday

DORCHESTER, N.B. – The Keillor House Museum, located in Historic Dorchester, will be opening its doors to the public for the 51st season on June 9, 2018.

The museum, which is owned and operated by the Westmorland Historical Society, has welcomed visitors from around the world for over half a century.

As part of the official opening, manager/curator Donald Alward will be inviting visitors to see his new exhibit Your Smart Phone.

“I wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary for a new seasonal exhibit,” says Alward about the display of museum objects that occupy an entire room of the Keillor House. “Small museums tend to focus on the stories of the distant past, the ones that appeal to us as we reminisce about the good-old-days. I decided to try something different and attempt to appeal to a much younger generation,” he says.

The exhibit centers around smart phone technology and the museum objects that it has replaced.

“It is amazing how many things have been replaced by this piece of technology since it was first introduced just over 25 years ago. Today, in society, you see smart phones everywhere, being used by all ages; it’s like they are an extension of our hands; we would be lost without them.”

The new exhibit is not the only new offering this year at Keillor House Museum. Alward is introducing a new visitor experience to the lineup.

“We have a working kitchen hearth fireplace and wall oven here, why don’t we use it?” he asks.

The New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture recently launched a new Food Tourism Strategy and Alward says this experience fits right in there. Participants in the Keillor Hearth Cooking experience will be led through the process of cooking a complete meal using techniques that were largely abandoned in the 1860s when cast iron stoves became widely available.

Alward explains “We will cook a stew over the open flame, bake biscuits in the wall oven and bake a pie in a Dutch oven on the hearth. Participants will go from starting the fire to eating the meal, the whole process.”

The experience, which needs to be booked in advance by calling the museum at 506-379-6633, is suitable for ages 8 and up and must be for a group of two to eight people.

The Westmorland Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the continued support of the Government of New Brunswick.

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