Presentations for Retirement Homes
and other adult audiences



A 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.
The audience will be given song sheets to sing along with.

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. The audience will be given song sheets to sing along with.

A Musical History of Canada
A tour through Canadian history as recorded in songs from the past, using traditional folk instruments, such as the fife, whistle, fiddle, and bagpipes. The audience will be given song sheets to sing along with.

A History of Farming - From Ancient to Modern Times
A slideshow tracing the evolution of farming from its earliest beginnings to the new millennium. From the earliest tools and domestication of animals, to the use of robots in agriculture.

Pioneer Farming
Life in a pioneer farming community is discussed using artifacts (including a replica flintlock musket).  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.

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.

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.

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.



Booking Details

Cost:    $125.00 + travel (20 cents/km round trip) + GST


Contact
To book a programme, please contact:

Marty Pullin
Phone: 519-620-3162
Email: shefmuseum@gto.net



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