The museum’s various collections will come to life at this year’s Settler’s Day.
Collections, collectors and storytelling through collections will be the theme of the annual Settlers Day at The Kauri Museum, in Matakohe, on October 7.
For more than 20 years, Settlers Day has been a day when “the museum comes alive”.
Collection manager curator Dr Tracey Wedge says the museum is very pleased to have the support of the community for this year’s live day.
“Visitors will hear stories about personal collections generously lent to the museum for the day,” she says. “These include collections of miniature cars, miniature shoes, miniature bells and royal memorabilia.
“We will also host Harold Marsh’s Albertland photographs, shown by his grandson Peter, in our theatre for the day. Descendants of early settlers to the area will share some of their family stories using the collections their ancestors donated to the museum.”
The day will include celebrations of the diversity of the community through song and dance, demonstrations of artistic and craft skills, along with children’s games, demonstrations of stationary engines and many more activities.
The museum will be open from 9am and the day will start with a rare opportunity to take part in a church service in the Pioneer Church at 9.30am.
“This is a free event when The Kauri Museum opens its doors, not only to learn about our past, but to see how stories about our collections connect us to our present and help shape our future.
“We hope to locals will come and spend the day with us.”