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Online exhibition celebrates Tillsonburg News' 100th anniversary

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Annandale National Historic Site may be devoted to history, but that doesn’t mean staff can’t embrace new technology.

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Today, the museum is celebrating the launch of its first-ever online exhibition entitled, Hot off the Presses: The 100th anniversary of the The Tillsonburg News.

Visitors to the online exhibit website ( https://www.annandalenhs.ca ) will learn about The Tillsonburg News, as well as the Tillsonburg Liberal (1863-1919) and the Tillsonburg Observer (1877-1919), two earlier newspapers which merged in January 1920 to create The News, as well as The Tillsonburg Independent.

“This exhibition has something for everyone,” says Jen Gibson, Collections and Exhibitions Specialist at Annandale NHS. “There are historic programs, pamphlets and posters printed at the paper, photographs of the newspaper staff and equipment, and even tales of Tillsonburg’s first historian, who was an employee of The Tillsonburg News.”

“The people of Tillsonburg are known for rising to any challenge put in front of them and I commend our museum staff for helping people learn about the history of journalism in our community during this difficult time of COVID-19 isolation,” said Mayor Stephen Molnar in a media release.

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