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Home Children Memory Quilts

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2010 has been declared the Year of the British Home Child in Canada. This is of interest to genealogists who may find they are descended from one of over 100,000 children displaced from Britain to a hard life as an orphan in the colonies, sometimes under suspicious circumstances.

Volunteers at OGS Perth County Branch are spreading the word of the Memory Quilts for Home Children which will be displayed at museums in Stratford and Belleville over the summer in recognition of these children, the lives they led, and their legacy. You are invited to visit the museums to view the quilts. 

One of two quilts will be displayed at the following museums on the following dates:

 Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford ON – Sunday June 27 – Saturday July 10
Hwy 8 – just west of city limits
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Monday       12 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday – Saturday    10 am – 4 pm

Glanmore House, Belleville ON -  Wednesday July 14 – Wednesday July 28
257 Bridge St. E.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Sunday    10 am – 4:30 pm

If you’re interested in learning more about the Home Children, here are some websites to explore:
http://www.britishhomechildren.org/ - This site is an extension of the British Home Children mailing list. The site is dedicated to the recognition and memory of the home children.

Pier 21′s Online Collection - Pier 21, Canada’s Immigration Museum in Halifax has an online collection of the histories of many Canadian home children. They are available to be read in pdf format.

Cyndi’s List – Home Children and Child Migrants - Cyndi’s List is a popular source for links to genealogical resources. If you’re researching home children in your family tree, there are some useful sites listed here for you.

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