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There's a lot going on at the museum!

There is still time for you to catch the latest exhibit at Annandale National Historic Site: Say Yes To The Dress, 150 years of Canadian Bridal Fashions. This is an exhibit of gowns from the museum's collection, back to about the 1860s, before wedding gowns were white, through the turn of the 20th century and into the roaring 20s flapper craze to modern times. It includes gowns on loan, including Nancy Boutin’s gown which was reminiscent of Princess Diana’s.

There are write-ups about the gowns and pictures of the weddings. There are mother of the bride outfits through the 70-80s and a few wedding gown from Theatre Tillsonburg that you can touch or actually try on if you wish! I must ask though, why do the bridesmaids always get such an ugly dress? None of mine are even in the exhibit, I am sure I burned them!

The response for Jen’s request for information on Rachael’s Bridal Boutique which operated in Tillsonburg was great and there are gowns and information and stories for your edification. The exhibit continues through Sept. 3.

On Wednesday, August 30 you can attend a Trousseau Tea and Tour of the exhibit, advance tickets are $15. How, apropos! Did you know that Annandale National Historic Site's very own collections expert, Jen Gibson, got married last weekend! Congratulations Jen and Ashley!

Summer Camp at the museum, with a 'Learning About Canada for the 150th Anniversary' theme, continues with the Prairie Provinces from August 8-11 and British Columbia and Alberta, August 14-17. You can sign the kids up for as many days as you wish. They run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $20 per child, per day and 10% discount for each sibling. Registration forms are at Annandale NHS.

Music on the Lawn 2017, a Tillsonburg District Historical Society fundraiser, continues two more weeks at 7 p.m. On August 13th, it's Braided Together with Mark Hasson and special guest Nelson Powell.

As it gets darker earlier now, Music on the Lawn start time move up to 6:30 p.m. on August 20th with popular Blue Sky father-and-son duo Archie and Shawn Wright, and August 27 Back to the Fifties with Jim Foris. Bring your lawn chair and know there will be a goodwill offering. Sponsored by the Tillsonburg Retirement Residence, 183 Rolph St. Listen to CKOT for weather cancellations.

September and October will each have workshops at the museum: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10-4, Spinning & Weaving Workshop. All supplies included. Advance tickets. (Sorry I don’t have prices or more information yet) and Saturday, Oct. 21, 10-4, a Rug Hooking Workshop. All supplies included. Advance tickets only. (Please call for more details.)

This is the 4th year of the 100th Anniversary of WWI. The war was devastating, yet lifted Canada’s status in the world. A whole new type of warfare evolved, with weapons of mass destruction. Thousands upon thousands on both sides were slaughtered and by 1917 it wasn’t near over yet. After Vimy Ridge in April our troops were called upon to act like shock troops and get the job done.

Oxford Remembers - Oxford’s Own WWI project has faithfully brought this crucial war back though the veils of times so we could remember them. There are events around Oxford County to honour the 100th anniversary of WWI in partnership with area museums, historical societies, clubs, and organizations.

This year's Oxford County Travelling Exhibit ‘Where Honour Leads We Follow: Oxford’s Own Goes to War’ runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 29 in town. There will be an exhibition in the Pratt Gallery. Explore this travelling exhibit from the Woodstock Museum NHS. Regular museum hours and admission rate apply.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m. - We Shall Remember Them - A tour of the graves in Tillsonburg of WWI veterans and the stories they tell. Tillsonburg Cemetery. Limited number.

Friday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m. - Keep the Home Fires Burning, Tillsonburg in 1917. A catered lunch followed by a lecture by Patricia Phelps. Advance tickets $25.

For more information or to book a tea, workshop, or Lunch and Learn, please call Annandale NHS at 519-842-2294. 

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