Monday, August 23, 2010

In Style at Campbell House, 1833

Wow... Long time no see - or in this case: Long time no posts!
I am the worst blogger in the world right now, I know. This is the first message I am writting since February... Brutal and somehow rude if you were trying to follow me. What can I say - I AM SORRY! :)

Just so you all know I have good reasons. I have a new museum job that takes most of my days AND I've been working with Campbell House here in Toronto for this event:

A Unique Historical Re-enactment at the museum, August 28—29

Imagine … It’s 1833 and political conflict is simmering across the country. Doctor Narcisse Chenevert and his apprentice (fictional characters) are requested at Campbell House. The health of retired Judge William Campbell is at its worst and this could be their last chance to visit their friend in the Town of York. The guests of Judge Campbell arrive at his elegant home in York, having travelled from Montreal, for many days, by steamboat on the St Lawrence River and on Lake Ontario.

On the weekend of August 28—29, Campbell House Museum invites you to meet Doctor Narcisse and his entourage. These time travellers are from an era when social classes were well defined and there was a polished code of etiquette between men and women. The hours will pass by at an early-nineteenth-century pace at Campbell House, as the travelers engage in leisure activities. Judge Campbell’s visitors will play games and cards, write letters, and read to each other. Dr Narcisse, in his silk dressing gown, will sip tea and make a herbarium. Meanwhile, the cook will prepare meals over the fire in the open hearth kitchen downstairs. Stay as long as you like to watch these characters interact and to listen to their conversations.

This historical re-enactment will be performed by the Time Nomads Society, an association based in Montreal, whose mission is to accurately represent the past. Through a form of experimental ethnology, the Time Nomads Society produces a sensitive impression of the lives of early Canadians and an insightful interpretation of their practices and customs.
Campbell House, built in 1822, is the oldest remaining home from the Town of York.


Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West, Toronto M5H 3H3 (northwest corner of Queen and University, at Osgoode Subway Station) 416 597-0227

Extended Open Hours

For the Time Nomads re-enactment, Campbell House Museum will be open: Saturday, August 28, 11 am—9 pm and Sunday, August 29, 10 am—3:30 pm (re-enactment ends; museum open to 4:30 pm)

Admission: Pay What You Can (this weekend only)

Media contacts

Eric Pellerin, Coordinator, Time Nomads Society: 416 879.7913

Liz Driver, Director/Curator, Campbell House Museum: 416 597-0227 ext. 3

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