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Apple Doll in the Hall​

photo of a dried apple head doll wearing a dress sitting at a miniature dressing tableRemember Apple Head Dolls?  it's a folk craft in which the doll's head is made from dried apples. This craft grew in popularity in the 1970s. Here’s how you can make these shrunken apple dolls​!  Post photos of your apple dolls doing mischievous things on our Facebook Page. (like an Elf on the Shelf or Garden Gnome)

May is Museum Month 2021

red background with the words May is Museum Month

May is always Museum Month! We recorded our Facebook Live Virtual Tour of our grounds that we presented on International Museum Day in May 2021. We had fun visiting our heritage buildings and sharing more about how we have spent over 90 years preserving Simcoe County's past!

Facebook Live - Tour of Simcoe County grounds with Shaughna

​​Welcome Little RAY of Sunshine! an animated cartoon character of a person whose face is a sun and the hair is sunbeams. Waving one hand and winking

Simcoe County Museum typically offers a range of travelling, community, and temporary exhibits in our Simcoe Gallery.  This year, many great exhibits planned for 2021 have been postponed or cancelled because the Museum is closed.  Since we can't have visitors in the Simcoe Gallery, we have decided to try and turn all of Simcoe County into a giant exhibit space and we want YOU to be the Curators!  A new community exhibit, called Little Ray of Sunshine, invites you to spread light and joy by sharing Little Ray of Sunshine in every town, village, and corner of Simcoe County! 

Letters to Seniors Pen Pal Program 

image of a senior cupping his hands around his mouth as if he's shouting

Until the arrival of the telegraph in the 1840s, letters were the only way for people to communicate over long distances. At that time, ink and paper were very expensive, so letter-writers were careful to use every inch of space on the paper, even turning the page on its side and writing new lines of text at right angles across the old lines.

At a time when it was rare to visit friends or relatives living more than a few miles away from your home, letters were the best way to let loved ones know you were thinking about them, and letters made a valuable memento to be kept and reread many times over. Historical letters are also one of the best records of how regular people lived and what they thought about.

Today, letters are still a wonderful way to connect with people to share information and send best wishes. The County of Simcoe's Long Term Care and Seniors Services launched Letters to Seniors, a Pen Pal Program, and we want everyone to participate! This is a great opportunity to share memories and create new friendships. It's also a great time to use old ways to stay connected to new and long time friends!

If you want to participate, write a letter to a resident and introduce yourself. Tell a joke, or share an interesting story. Send your letter, addressed to Pen Pal Program, to one of the addresses listed in the link below. Or, drop it in our mailbox outside of the Museum and we will send it for you! Happy letter writing!


Try your hand at cursive writing.