The Timber Village Museum houses a growing collection of approximately 5,000 artefacts. They include artefacts from the McFadden Lumber Company, hand carved horses and sleighs by Joseph Briere, medical instruments from Dr. Robb, Dr. Hamill, and Dr. Pigeon’s practice, hockey and recreational sports memorabilia, and much more!
The Museum also cares for a collection of approximately 3,500 photographs. These photos capture various industries, merchants, service clubs, and personal that were once located in and around Blind River.
Oral History Series
In 2010, the Timber Village Museum initiated a project known as the History of Blind River Series. This project involves interviewing community members who have a strong knowledge of specific themes in Blind River’s history. At this time, the Museum has completed an interview with Stella Allhusen (nee Tulloch) concerning the Tulloch and Allhusen families and the early history of Iron Bridge. The Museum has also completed an interview with Ruth Christilaw concerning the Christilaw family, Lakeside Avenue homes and the early history of Blind River. Both interviews are available for purchase in our gift shop. To make an appointment to watch these DVDs onsite, please contact the Museum.
In 2012, The Timber Village Museum was granted funding through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to establish a new electronic collections management system. The Museum Technology Fund project consisted of the purchase of Past Perfect Software (courtesy of CAMECO Corporation), the purchase of photography equipment, as well as staff training offered by the Ontario Museum Association. Within a year’s time, special project staff took high resolution photos of over 500 artifacts in the collection, inputted information and images into a searchable database, and uploaded this information to Artefacts Canada.
With digitization equipment and procedures now in place, the Museum has been working hard to ensure the digitization of its art, artefacts, and archival material continues. With the help of volunteers, summer staff, and future internships, this process will be on-going.
Digitization enables staff, researchers, and the general public to have better access to the collection. Please visit Artefacts Canada to access information on items our collection.
For a tour of our Past Perfect Database, please contact the Museum to book an appointment.
Donating to the Timber Village Museum Collection
An appointment is preferred when bringing in items for donation to the Museum. NO “doorstep donations” please: do not leave items intended for donation at the front desk, or left unattended outside regular hours of operation.
In order to accept a donation, the Museum must be able to store and exhibit the item according to the institutional policies. Potential donations are evaluated according to the Timber Village Museum’s Collections Policy and Mission Statement which states:
“The Timber Village Museum, which is owned and operated by the Corporation of The Town of Blind River, will research, collect, preserve and display items of historical relevance to the industries and social histories of Blind River and immediate areas of the North Shore from Spanish to Dean Lake.”
Donated material is first appraised by the Curator who may accept the item on a temporary deposit (3 month term). If the item is accepted on such a term, the donor will sign a Temporary Deposit form. Within the three month term, the item will be appraised by the Collections Committee. If accepted, the donor signs a Gift Form, transferring ownership to the Timber Village Museum.
Please note that the items accepted into the collection must have a strong local connection (e.g. made or used in Blind River or surrounding area) and must be in good condition. To discuss potential donations, please contact the Museum.
For more information on the policies and procedures surrounding our Collection, please refer to our Collections Policy.