Museum What and Who
Frequently Asked Questions
I have family photos, but I'm not giving them up…
- Don't worry. We can copy them. It's safe and painless.
I have my grandfather's/uncle's/great aunt's "thing-a-ma-jig" and I think you'd like it, but I'm still using it…
- You can make a bequest to the Stanhope Museum so when you pass on, we receive the item. Ask us how.
- Can I come and research my family roots?
- We currently allow only very limited access to the archives due to manpower issues. Our Research Policy requires all researchers to be fully supervised and since we're all volunteers, we sometimes have difficulty finding someone with the time to accompany researchers. Please email us with your request and we'll see what we can do.
- Can you tell me where my ancestors are buried?
- Your best bet is to contact the Haliburton Genealogical Society. If you're on the 'web, go to the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid at http://www.islandnet.com/ocfa/ and use the information there.
- I want to know what my swizzle stick collection is worth. Can you appraise it?
- No. We are not qualified to do appraisals.
- I have something terrific that should be in the museum, but I'm not going to just give it away, so I'll sell it to you.
- We truly understand your position. But remember: just because a museum wants something does not mean it has financial value. We are not collectors of antiques, we are collectors of things which have significance to our local history. We operate on a very small budget that does not include funds for Acquisitions. We ask that you reconsider.
It's just a bunch of old papers and such …
- But what's on the papers? Old receipts … letters … recipes … envelopes … birth certificates … membership cards? It may be old, dirty and smelly, but the information may be very important to us.
Oh for goodness sake, my family wasn't important enough to have its things in a museum …
- Says whom? Everyone who did live or does live in the community has somehow contributed to it. Our museum doesn't pay tribute to founding fathers or wealthy people, it pays tribute to each step toward the creation of the township. Give us a call and let's talk about it.
I'd like to help out with the museum but I don't know much about local history …
- We're not historians, we're guardians. You can learn about history but you can't learn to be interested. We have all sorts of things you can help out with -- as much or as little as you'd like. Give us a call and find out more.