Remembering Our Roots

1920s Schoolhouse at Moreston Heritage Village

1920s Schoolhouse at Moreston Heritage Village

In writing Grace, the story of a teacher’s life, I wanted to share what life was like in previous times and remember our roots.
The same motivation spurs the creation of Heritage Villages and museums. Last week I visited Moreston Heritage Village and the Grey Roots Museum on the outskirts of Owen Sound. Some of the buildings, including an 1853 log cabin, have been relocated from the former County of Grey. The schoolhouse was constructed as a close replica of S.S.#1 Derby, with modern amenities added. It’s a joint project of two retired teachers organizations (RTO and Grey County RWTO). Inside, it looks like a 1920s rural schoolroom. Retired teachers volunteer as interpreters for school children and adult visitors. Other museums celebrate Owen Sound’s marine and rail history and the works of Tom Thomson, a renowned Canadian artist and native son.
I went to Owen Sound to share stories from my book at a luncheon meeting of the Retired Women Teacher’s Organization. Through conversations and exhibits, I discovered a city that is connected to its past and proud of its heritage.
Millie Morton

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