Remembering the 100th Anniversary of World War One’s outbreak, this exhibit also examines the role of Quakers as conscientious objectors, with particular emphasis on the Quaker communities of Wellington and Bloomfield.
Official opening of the 2014 Season and FREE Admission at all five sites of the Museums of Prince Edward County!
The Museums of Prince Edward County are working with Belleville, Quinte West and Bay of Quinte Tourism to present a Doors Open event. The provincial theme for Doors Open this year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. We are featuring several spots in Wellington, including the Museum, the Town Hall and the Memorial Gates at Wellington Park.
From April to October every year, communities across Ontario showcase a selection of intriguing buildings for people to tour, free of charge, as part of the Doors Open initiative. The first event of this kind actually took place in France in 1984 and the idea spread throughout different parts of Europe. Toronto hosted the first-ever Doors Open event in North America in 2000, and was followed by the 2002 provincial version which has been promoted annually ever since by the Ontario Heritage Trust.
The hook is that participating sites show an aspect of their building/site that is not typically seen by the public or that they offer some programming related to the provincial theme. Our 2014 exhibit at the museum is about Quakers as conscientious objectors during WWI, the Town Hall will be featuring a “poppy-themed” art show (plus some information about its “life” as a school in the WWI era), and the Park will have some historical displays to enjoy.
A multitude of other sites will also be available for touring in Quinte West, Belleville and Prince Edward County. Admission is FREE!