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This summer we created a series of notecard tutorials inspired by historic cards in the collection. These cards are now on display at the museum!

The #Stayconnected series celebrates the importance of keeping in touch. COVID-19 challenged many of us to find new ways to stay connected with friends and family. From delivering groceries to neighbours and hosting birthday parties on zoom, the last few months have inspired people to find creative ways to spread joy and support. Have you found any fun ways to connect with people close to you? Share in the comments 🙂

These historic cards remind us that people have always found ways to send love and encouragement in troubling times, spread celebratory news and even share a joke in the mail. The display includes birthday messages, photo collages with larger than life fish, views of main street Minden and touching cards from the First World War.

This hand embroidered card was made in France for Allied soldiers during the First World War. The text on the front reads ‘To My Dear Children’ and the card inside is signed ‘Daddy’.
This postcard is believed to have been sent to Vera Cryderman by Stuart Stanley Taylor. Vera taught school in Haliburton County, mainly in Carnarvon and Stuart was a farmer from Minden. The sweethearts exchanged numerous letters while Taylor was overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Stuart’s letters reveal that while he was overseas he was not fighting on the front lines but was logging and laying rails with horse teams. When the war was over Stuart and Vera were married on July 11, 1919 in a small church in Carnarvon.

Many of the postcards in the collection were never sent and we’re left wondering who they might have been intended for. These blank postcards are a reminder that there’s no better time than the present to send that letter, pick up the phone or stop in for a quick hello.

What are your favourite ways to keep in touch?