ELMAN W. CAMPBELL MUSEUM, owned by the Corporation of the Town of Newmarket and operated by the Elman W. Campbell Museum Board of Management, is a non-profit, educational institution created for the purpose of collecting, preserving, researching, studying, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts related to the social, political and economic history of the Town of Newmarket and its environs from the time of the first settlers to thirty years before present, for the benefit of residents of the Town of Newmarket and visitors from outside the Town.
The Elman W. Campbell Museum is wheelchair accessible.
Quilts: Warmth Through the Generations
This exhibit showcases 44 captivating and rarely displayed quilts from the museum's collection, as well as quilts loaned by members of our community. See an array stunning quilts including ones made by Elman W. Campbell's mother and grandmother. Enjoy the beautiful patterns and colours of Dresden Plate, Colonial Lady, Double Wedding Ring, Underground Railroad patterns, view a Quilt of Valour, and much more! This beautiful display is just waiting to be explored! Learn about and appreciate the art of quilting as expressed by skilled crafters over time. Curated by Lynn Robitaille and Janet Charpentier-Burling.
Date: June to October
Time: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
A re-enactment of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion, in which Newmarket played a vital role. The ARCH Committee, comprised of the Newmarket Historical Society, Heritage Newmarket, and the Elman W. Campbell Museum, will present a re-enactment and encampment at Fairy Lake park on September 22 and 23, 2018. The event will involve an encampment of military re-enactors, sutlers, vendors, and craftspeople. On Saturday, the rebels will recruit followers at the Farmers Market and on Main Street to hear William Lyon Mackenzie's speech encouraging armed rebellion against the colonial government. This will be followed by a march down Main Street, to be met by the militia and dispersed. In the afternoon, the rebels will encounter the militia at Montgomery's Tavern in Fairy Lake Park and a battle will follow. Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews will attempt to flee but will be apprehended and turned over to the Lieutenant-Governor, who will order their execution. The "hanging" will take place in front of the Old Town Hall. On Sunday, social life in the colony will be represented by demonstrations, a church service, a boxed lunch social, and a dance.
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Dates: September 22 and 23.
Time: September 22, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and September 23 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Fairy Lake Park (Water Street)
Culture Days Open House
Join us on Saturday, September 29 for our Culture Days open house. New exhibit: Quilts Old and New. Try a museum history hunt and go on a self-guided tour of historic Main Street. Free admission. For more information, please call (905) 953-5314 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museum is located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Spooktacular Hallowe'en Party
Join us for a howling good time with games, craft, costume parade and a spooky story. Suitable for ages 4-10. Pre-registration required.
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.50 admission/child
Gallery of Festive Trees 2018
November 17 – December 29
The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents a Gallery of Festive Trees to celebrate the holiday season. The Royal Family celebrated the holiday season with Christmas trees even before the custom became popular. Whether your style is Victorian, Edwardian, or Retro, there's something to inspire everyone! Opens the day of the Newmarket Santa Claus Parade!
Cost: Free admission.
Christmas Gift Shop Sale Fundraiser at the Musuem
Get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Find unique gifts, antiques, glassware, Christmas decorations, home décor and much more all on sale at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. Cash only please. Presented by the Friends of the Museum. All proceeds benefit the museum.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cocoa and Cookies with Sanata
You're invited to jingle all the way to the Elman Campbell Museum. Enjoy an afternoon of hot cocoa, cookies and photo opportunity with Santa. Presented by the Friends of the Museum. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free admission with donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry.