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Michelle standing in the Museum Gallery

Hi everyone! Its Michelle again this will be my last blog post as my time here at the Museum comes to an end this Monday. I will miss getting to be around all these antiques and town history but I will also miss getting to work with the staff here. They have made my time here memorable and more enjoyable. This week I was also featured in the Age Dispatch for my position at the museum if you get a chance to look at it I’m working with the negatives from the Age Dispatch in the picture.

I also recently set up the new exhibit in the library concerning some of the items donated to the Museum in 2010; you should check it out if you can.

2010 in Review - Library Exhibit

Well this concludes my post and soon my time working at the Museum will be over but I will continue to visit and I hope I have contributed to the betterment and organization of the Museum itself. Thank you and have a good year! : D


The exhibit at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is coming to a close at the end of January.  For the past year the museum has celebrated the town’s milestone with an exhibit that showcased an event from each decade with large scale photographs and artifacts.  One such event was the establishment of a waterworks in early 1900s. 

Powerhouse and Waterworks. Currently the location of Strathroy and Area Seniors' Centre

Public pressure to establish a waterworks emerged after a large number of fires destroyed entire sections of downtown Strathroy at the turn of the century. In 1902 property at the end of Frank Street was purchased from the Methodist Church by the Citizen’s Water, Gas and Electric Co. and a waterworks system commenced on the site. The chosen location for the new station was ideal: the existing electric power house and nearby Sydenham River met the requirements of a new pumping station and provided necessary water and electricity to the growing community. 

The above event was extremely important with regards to health and safety and business and industry.  With this in mind, the museum has planned the next exhibit around a water theme.  In conjunction with Guelph Museums’ travelling exhibit  “Sitting Pretty: A History of the Toilet”, the new exhibit will be entitled “Pipes and Progress: Water and Waste in Strathroy-Caradoc”. 

Advertisment in the Strathroy Dispatch Feb. 25 1903

If you have stories or items regarding privies, sewers, the Sydenham River, farm wells or anything else regarding water call the museum at 519-245-0492 or email

About the Museum

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc opened to the public in 1972. As a community museum we strive to preserve and tell the story of Strathroy-Caradoc, and inspire residents to explore and understand the community around them.

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