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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015

SHEFFIELD MUSEUM OF RURAL LIFE

A History of Farming -- From Ancient to Modern Times

Using a combination of slideshow and artifacts, the evolution of farming from its earliest beginnings to the new millenium is explained.

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Images of Life in Rural Ontario 100 Years Ago

A slideshow of images selected from the Sheffield Museum's extensive collection of historic photographs illustrates many aspects of rural life from 1888-1918. These include farm life, village industries, transportation, recreation, fashion, architecture, and special events.

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Images of Life in Rural Ontario 60 Years Ago

Using video footage selected from the Sheffield Museum's extensive collection of historic movie film, many aspects of rural life from 1937-1950 are presented. These include farm life, village industries, transportation, recreation, fashion, architecture, and special events.

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Meet The Loyalist Soldier from the American Revolution

Social Studies/History PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Many people see the American Revolution as a conflict between Britain and the Thirteen Colonies. What is often overlooked is the fact that this conflict was also a civil war between fellow colonists, which pitted neighbour against neighbour, and split families apart. The Loyalists, who chose to remain loyal to their king, are estimated to have been between 20-33% of the population. Many Loyalists took up arms to defend their ideals, but many tried to stay out of the fighting, or were intimidated by mobs. Loyalists are often thought to have been only the most recently immigrated British elites, but loyalism cut through class and ethnic divisions, and even included William Franklin, Governor of New Jersey and son of Benjamin Franklin. For this session, students and teachers will interview Jacob Sipes, a real Loyalist soldier. Jacob Sipes was born on the frontier of New York and was living in Pennsylvania when the war started. He served in the famous Loyalist regiment, Butler's Rangers, and was resettled as a pioneer farmer in Upper Canada after the war. He is reenacted in first-person by one of his descendants. The Loyalist is prepared to discuss: -the reasons for staying loyal to the crown, and the choices faced by Loyalists -becoming a Loyalist soldier in the British Army, and the experiences of Loyalists during the revolution -The Peace Treaty, and the resettlement of the Loyalists in Canada -the 30,000 "Late Loyalists" who left the United States for Canada after 1783, including Black Loyalists and Native Loyalists -unresolved conflicts of the American revolution, and the hostile situation leading up to the War of 1812 The Loyalist will also have on hand various artifacts, including a British musket and farm tools. If desired by the teacher, the presenter may also teach the students a simple period dance, with live fiddle music.

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Meet The Medieval Crusader

is estimated that close to 100,000 people left Europe to take part in the First Crusade. Most of them were peasants, and most never returned home. There were many subsequent crusades, but none could claim the same degree of "success" as the First Crusade, which achieved its objective of capturing Jerusalem. The character for this session is a peasant, reflecting the often overlooked role of peasants in medieval warfare. This crusader can discuss his motivations for going on the journey, describe the journey itself, recount the battles and sieges, and reflect on the aftermath. He is also prepared to discuss all facets of medieval life in order to give an understanding of the background of the crusaders, such as the manor system, agriculture, religion, daily life, gender roles, crime & punishment, warfare, health, family life, social hierarchy, and entertainment. The students and teacher direct the discussion through their questions. The peasant will have on hand farm tools, weapons, sports equipment, and coins, and can teach them a medieval dance with live music on the bagpipes. The peasant's home is an accurate reproduction of a medieval interior wall inside a home in the English village of Tintinhull.

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Meet The War of 1812 Militia Veteran

The longstanding legend that Upper Canada was saved from the American invasions of 1812 by its popular militia has failed to stand up to modern historical investigation. Militia duty was in fact avoided by most citizens of Upper Canada at all costs. While many Upper Canadians did not care whether their government was British or American, a significant number were loyal British subjects who would have felt strongly about fighting the invasions. In this session, students and teachers will interview a loyal militia veteran, who will discuss the war, daily life ca. 1812, and his views regarding the issues of that era. The militia veteran is prepared to discuss: -The hostile situation following the American Revolution and leading up to the War of 1812 -Causes of the War of 1812 -The militia of Upper Canada -The American Invasion -Life in Upper Canada during the war -Britain's handling of the war and the peace treaty -the aftermath of the War of 1812

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Peasant Life in Medieval England

Using artifacts and musical instruments, the world of the Medieval English peasant is discussed. Although peasants made up 90% of the population, their fascinating lives are often overlooked by history.

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Pioneer Farming

Life in a pioneer farming community is discussed using artifacts. The presentation covers many aspects of frontier farming, including men's work, women's work, religion, settlement patterns and tactics, economy, and entertainment. The presenter comes dressed in pioneer clothing and illustrates pioneer entertainment with some fiddle music.

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The Music of Robbie Burns

While best known for his poetry, Burns composed and arranged a large quantity of well-loved music. A selection of these songs are discussed and played on the fiddle and bagpipes.

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The Musical History of Ireland

Using instruments traditional in Ireland, this country's rich musical heritage is discussed. Music will be used to journey through Ireland's fascinating history from early times to the present. Instruments include the fiddle, bagpipes, bodhran, accordion, banjo, and whistle.

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