VCHS Newsletter

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Victoria County Historical Society
operating the Olde Gaol Museum

Presidents message

Dear members, the 2013 season is beginning to wind down with winter fast approaching. Here, at the “Olde Goal “we are very pleased to announce that we have received a two year grant from Trillium funding. Allowing us to publicly announce on Oct. 25th at 11:00 a.m., by the museum steps, all welcome.

The grant has enabled us to announce a full-time museum manager Mr. David Wesley, with his extensive experience in museum theory, and as a business planner, grant writer, community builder and as a heritage based manager, he will be an excellent addi-tion to our team. In addition, Wesley has experience in museum theory and practice, not to mention his many other talents.

It is my pleasure once again to thank all the volunteers, for their wonderful, and creative ideas that make everything possible for us to exist.

With the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T Fund 2012 and 2013, we have been able to complete new display cabinetry and the work in our north court yard, with new displays ready to open to the public in the spring of 2014.

Our Mandate

In 1976, a corporation without share capital under the name ‘Victoria County Historical Society’ was created for the following objects, that is to say:

To collect, preserve, exhibit and publish material pertaining to the history of the County of Victoria in particular and to Canadian historical records generally; to acquire documents and manuscripts and obtain narratives and records of pioneers; to maintain a gallery of historical portraits and a historical museum; to publish and diffuse information relative to the history of the County of Victoria, and in general, to encourage and develop within the County of Victoria the study of its history!

Key Dates!

  • Speaker Series, Oct. 24th, 2013 . ‘Tragic Tides of Irish Refugees’, Mr. Earle Grey
  • Trillium grant, ribbon cutting and Official Announcement October 25th, 11:00 a.m.
  • Halloween Haunt at the “Olde Gaol” October 31st. 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Candlelight Christmas Tour December 7th

Honoring the Brave Men and Women
as well as our Fallen

Remembering the Past

Our Boys

Our Girls

Hallowe'en 2013
As we transform the Museum into a haunted mansion, our upcoming Halloween Event for the Society is well underway, again we are very pleased to offer pictures behind bars for the kids at $5.00 per picture for the publics enjoyment. From 4:30 to 8:00 pm. *Treats for All*

Welcoming David Wesley to our Team!

David brings with him knowledge and overwhelming experience, dealing with the everyday running and procedures of how to attract grants and public funding to keep the History of our Town and surrounding areas alive as a permanent cultural attraction.

With David's education from Gail Anderson and Assoc. Program of Museum Studies, Hons. B.A. major in History and English, Trent University.etc. Past employed as the National Project Manager Tecumseh/Battle of the Thames Commemoration. ( He is hoping to help the VCHS by taking the Olde Gaol Museum into a new, exciting future by preserving, exhibits — and engaging visitors in — its past.


  • On Saturday May 3rd, 2014 will be in the courtyards our annual yard sale. Vendors please. Book early!
  • The Olde Gaol Museum 2014 season will open new displays and feature a textile collection not previously on display at this location! While it will take some time to prepare the exhibit, come join with the VCHS to celebrate this achievement.
  • Saturday July 19th,2014 On behalf of Heritage Victoria, we will continue with the celebration of `Honouring the Past` to be held at the Victoria Park Armoury. This features organizations such as historical societies and museums, crafts persons and artists, cultural groups and other community groups, to celebrate the heritage of Victoria County.
  • October 31st, 2014 Halloween Event
  • December 6th, 2014 Candlelight Christmas Tour



President, Mr. John R. Macklem
Vice President, Mr. Bill Bateman
Secretary and Treasurer -
Mr. Charles Cooper
Publicist, Dr. Catherine Mathias
Director Mr. Dave Francis
Director Mr. Steve Karpazis
Director Mr. Russ Moore
Director Mrs. Darlene Macklem
Director Mr. Ron Crowley

50 Victoria Avenue North
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4G3
P.O. BOX 187,


  • There are many volunteer opportunities at the Museum.
  • If you wish to give of your time each week or each month…
  • We can find you a place on our volunteer roster!
  • A committee meets monthly for artefacts and fundraising.
  • Other volunteers work on special projects.
  • Others do tasks that just need to be done.
  • Please contact us. (all volunteers require a police background check – no cost)
  • Bring a friend to volunteer also, if you like.

We can’t do it without you!


Olde Gaol Museum
50 Victoria Ave N.
Lindsay ON K9V 4G3
tel: 705-324-3404
fax: 705-454-3043


Our Winter Opening Hours are:
Wednesday and Thursday
10:00am - 4:00pm
(Groups 10:00 - 3:00pm)
Other times by appointment
Call 705-324-3404 to enquire.


Adults $8.00
Students/Seniors $4.00
Family $18.00
Children under 5, free
Tour groups, please call