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​​​​​Pioneer Kids Club-

​Virtual Edition

The Hallen family settled in 1835 in what is now called Oro Medonte Township.  Twelve year old Eleanora Hallen kept a daily journal of life in Simcoe County during this time. Many members of her family also kept journals and wrote letters.  Using these journals, and other research, the Friends of the Simcoe County Museum created an activity booklet all about the Hallen Family's time as early settlers in Simcoe County.  Parts of this booklet are available for you to download through the link below.

For a limited time, Friends of the Simcoe County Museum are also making this booklet available for free to Simcoe County ​students in the primary division, with priority given to Grade 3 students.  If you would like an activity booklet mailed to you, please email with your full name, grade, school, and mailing address including postal code!  Requests will be accepted until April 20, 2020, or until supplies last.  Thank you to the Friends of the Simcoe County Museum for making these booklets available for Simcoe County students!

​​Pioneer Kids Club for website

​Virtual Victorian Two seniors dressed fancy while drinking tea on their couch

Tea Party

You are cordially invited to attend a Virtual Victorian Tea​! Beginning at 2 p.m on Sunday May 3, we will be having tea time. Brew the beverage of your choice, set the table with your finest china, and share your pictures with us.

History of Victorian Tea.pdf

Suggested Menu for Victorian Tea.pdf

Victorian Etiquette.pdf

Scones recipe - BBC Food.pdf

Tea Loaf pdf.pdf

Downton Abbey Cooks Oatcakes.pdf

1Artboard 1-100.jpg​Letters to Seniors

Pen Pal Program

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 has 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 or calligraphy