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Brockville Museum


Brockville Museum ‘Slide Show’ Interpretive Programs*

*Please note that this service has been suspended until April 2018.  Please check our website in late April/early May for updates or contact us if you have any questions.

Developed as 45 minute*, stand alone interpretive programs, these PowerPoint-based ‘slide shows’ are available to groups of any age or size.  Some include hands-on activities and all are designed to generate discussion.  At present, we have approximately 70 different topics available ranging from the celebration of holidays and events to themes of local history and culture. 

Programs are available on-site at the Brockville Museum, or are popular as guest speaker topics for service clubs, tour groups and seniors’ homes.

Included is a list of our most popular programs (at present), the list changes regularly.  Contact us for more information on other available themes, or if you would like us to put together a presentation on a specific topic.

*Programs can be shortened (or lengthened) to best fit your itinerary

Booking a Program:

On-Site:  Programming is available for groups visiting the museum as part of a tour or other outing.  Presentations are held in either the Carriage Hall or Classroom at the Brockville Museum.  For more information on group rates and services, visit our website at or email

Off-Site:  To arrange for a guest speaker at your next meeting or event, contact the Interpretation & Public Program Co-ordinator at  We will require a small table for the projector and a blank wall/screen to project onto.  The rest of the equipment we will provide.

Popular Program Themes:

Specific to Brockville & Area/Museum Collections

  • 3 Brockville Soldiers in WWI
  • 1000 Islands Tourists (how vacations were spent 100+ years ago)
  • History of Brockville Cemeteries
  • Local Cheese Factories
  • Crimes and Criminals of Brockville
  • Dance Halls of Brockville
  • Distilleries & Breweries of the Brockville Area
  • Development of Brockville (Beginnings to 1832)
  • Local Epidemics (social history & response to these crises)
  • Ferries and River Travel
  • Guess the Artifact (hands on exploration of antique household items)
  • Local sites from the War of 1812
  • Mother Barnes: The ‘Witch’ of Plum Hollow
  • Mysteries of Brockville (ghost stories and the unexplained)
  • Postcards (items from the collection & a history of the medium)
  • Skyline of Brockville, a view from the river
  • Sugaring Time (maple syrup history and local producers)
  • Textiles (a look inside this amazing collection & a discussion of storage techniques)
  • The Country Fair (a look at the importance of agricultural fairs)
  • Winter on the River (recreation and employment)

Holidays (includes reference to local area/traditions)

  • April Fools’ Day
  • Christmas Carols, History of
  • Holiday decorating
  • Easter traditions
  • Flag Day (including local MP Matheson’s role)
  • Hallowe’en & local ghost stories
  • Robbie Burns & the Scottish in Brockville & Area
  • St. Patrick’s Day & the Irish in Brockville & Area
  • Valentine’s Day (pairs well with Dance Halls program)

Other Interests

  • All-Natural Department Store (a look at resources available to the early settlers)
  • Rockshelters (local Aboriginal history and occupation of unique local rock formations)
  • Springtime on the Farm (what local families would be doing during the spring season)
  • Victorian meaning of Flowers (looks also at other Victorian symbols like calling cards)
  • Old-fashioned toys (a look at, and chance to play with, toys of the early settler)

*Additional themes are available and we’ll create custom programming for your group, if contacted at least one month in advance