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Heritage Day being celebrated at the Colchester Historeum


TRURO, N.S. —

The Colchester Historeum is marking Heritage Day with an open house and a new, interactive exhibit.

On Feb. 18, an exhibit called A Taste of Science will offer visitors a chance to learn about what makes food spoil, and ways it can be preserved.

“This is a travelling exhibit that belongs to a group of museums called Ingenium,” said Margaret Mulrooney, curator at the Colchester Historeum. “They’re based in Ottawa, so when I saw the exhibit was as close as Moncton I booked it for here.

“There are interactive units with touch screens, so it’s something young people will be comfortable with.”

The units make a game of learning and include sounds.

Artifacts and photos demonstrating historic methods of food preservation in Colchester County are also on display. This exhibit is on the third floor and will remain until April 19.

On the ground floor, a preview case for a Portia White exhibit has been set up. An exhibit including several items that belonged to Portia White will be on display in May.

Other displays and activities, During Heritage Day, including a reading of Foxfyre by

Sion Irwin-Childs will be reading from his book Foxfyre at 11 a.m. and other displays and activities will also be in place for Heritage Day.

Admission is by donation for the day.

“This is very much an open house,” said Mulrooney. “We want to welcome everybody and we’re hoping people will spend some time looking around.”

Knit-in pop-up shop

A knit-in pop-up shop will be set up outside of the Truro Farmers’ Market on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade items sold at the Colchester Historeum knit-ins will be for sale, and each purchase includes a voucher good for free admission to the historeum.

Admission by donation

Every Thursday in February and March the historeum will be accepting non-perishable food items in lieu of admission. At the end of the month, the food will be donated to the Colchester Food Bank.

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