Museum & Heritage Village

The Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village brings local history to life with displays and demos across six buildings, including an 1860’s log house and a one-room school house from 1898. Open seasonally, admission by donation.

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#Stayconnected

Notecard tutorials inspired by the collection

History in Colour

Archival photos get a digital makeover!

Community Cookbook

Submit a family recipe and browse historic recipes

The Great Historic Bake Off

Online baking videos and historic recipes from the museum

Recent Posts

UFO takes on textile challenge

Back in March 2020, TextileArtist.org ran a community stitch challenge. The challenge was a seven week series of online workshops. Each week a different artist was commissioned to develop a textile activity that people could do at home. These activities, or challenges, were designed to inspire people to try new things and explore embroidery in […]

Christmas in the Village

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! On November 21st, we had our first ever Christmas in the Village. Modeled after a German Christmas market – like one you’d find in Minden, Germany – the Village was abuzz all day with artisans selling handmade goods, children visiting with Santa, live storytelling, Christmas carols and […]

Minden Times reports on Christmas in the Village

Sue Tiffin reports on Christmas in the Village at Minden Hills Cultural Centre. Read the full article here. “The community is looking forward to having an event that is following procedures. It is the beginning of the holiday season and we need joy in our lives. This is a great family event that will have […]

In The News: Great Historic Bake Off

“The Minden Hills Cultural Centre has been using an artificial intelligence program called DeOldify to restore old photographs with colour, then posting them to Facebook for the community to view from the comfort and safety of their own home.” – Zachary Roman

Cornbread from Ruth Johnson

Thank you to Ruth Johhson for contributing this family recipe. “Skillet cornbread has been made in my family for generations. Cornbread tastes best when made in an iron skillet, which must be hot when the batter is added to give it a beautiful golden crust. It’s fast and easy cooked on the stovetop or in […]

Sausage Rolls from Five Roses Cookbook, 1915

Thank you to Mary Trepanier for sharing one of her favourite cookbooks! Originally printed in 1915, this Five Roses Cookbook is available to view online on archive.org. This cookbook was produced by Five Roses flour company, a Canadian brand that dates back to 1888. The cookbook claims that “Five Roses is a favourite in one […]

Buttermilk scone recipe from Five Roses Cookbook, 1915

Thank you to Mary Trepanier for sharing one of her favourite cookbooks! Originally printed in 1915, this Five Roses Cookbook is available to view online on archive.org. This cookbook was produced by Five Roses flour company, a Canadian brand that dates back to 1888. The cookbook claims that “Five Roses is a favourite in one […]

1920s Sponge Cake from Nancy Mallett

Thank you to Nancy Mallett for sending in this lovely recipe for sponge cake. It has been enjoyed for generations! “This recipe for sponge cake came from my grandmother – that is my mother’s mother.  It was considered exceptionally good and all of my aunt’s used to make it.  It was the family birthday cake […]

Grapefruit Marmalade from Cathy’s grandmother

Thank you to Cathy Mc for contributing this lovely recipe from her grandmother’s recipe box. Cathy’s radio program ‘Food Family and Friends’ runs at 9am on Wednesdays on 100.9 Canoe FM. We’ll be adding a few items from this treasure trove of handwritten recipes! Grapefruit Marmalade Recipe Ingredients3 Grapefruits3 Lemons20 Cups boiling water8 Lbs granulated […]

Banana Bread Recipe, from 1943 Joy of Cooking

Thank you to Sandra Quigley for contributing this lovely recipe! This recipe is from my grandmother’s copy of ‘The Joy of Cooking’. She signed it in 1949. The book falls open to this page. It works every time! – Sandra 1943 Joy of Cooking Banana Bread Recipe Banana Bread  Recipe from the 1943 edition This […]

Potato Bread recipe from 1894

This recipe is from ‘The Home Cook Book’ in the collection at the Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village. It was published in 1894! A later edition of this same book is available to view in full on archive.org The historic Recipe Excellent Bread Four potatoes mashed fine, four teaspoons of salt, two quarts of […]

Ice Cream recipe from 1885

This recipe is from Mrs Marshall’s ‘The Book of Ices’ published in 1885 The book is available to view in full on archive.org The historic Recipe Strawberry Cream Ice Make this as raspberry cream Take 1 pound of raspberries, 6 ounces of sugar, and the juice of a lemon; mix with one good pint of […]

Calligraphy notecard tutorial

By guest contributor Mary Trepanier. Now that you have been inspired to make your own cards, why not take the idea up a notch by using Calligraphy for the inside message or indeed the front? With beginners in mind here are some easy steps…

Birthday Cake recipe from 1894

This recipe is from ‘The Home Cook Book’ in the collection at the Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village. It was published in 1894! A later edition of this same book is available to view in full on archive.org The historic Recipe Birthday Cake One pound and a-half of fine sugar, one pound and a-half […]

French Coconut Pie recipe from Molly’s Bistro Bakery

Thank you to Molly’s Bistro Bakery for contributing this lovely recipe! Molly’s is located just next door to the Minden Hills Cultural Centre at 170 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden, Ontario Molly’s Bistro Bakery French Coconut Custard Pie 1 cup sugar1/4 cup melted butter2 TBL rice flour3 eggs, beaten1tsp vanilla1 tsp grated nutmeg2 cup buttermilk1/2 cups unsweetened […]

Shortcake biscuit recipe from 1934

This recipe is from ‘The Magic baking Powder Cook Book’ in the collection at the Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village. It was published after 1931. A handwritten note on the front dates the booklet to 1934. The historic Recipe Shortcake Biscuits 4 cups flour4 teaspoons Magic Baking Powder1/2 teaspoons salt4 tablespoons shortening (1/2 butter, […]

Potato Pie recipe from 1868

This recipe is from ‘The Dominion Home Cook Book’. A Canadian cookbook printed in 1868. Source: http://www.canadiana.ca The historic Recipe Potato Pudding. – Boil and mash some potatoes, mix them with some currants, sugar, and cinnamon, three or four eggs well beaten, some cream, enough to make it a thin mash, line your dish with […]

Rhubarb Pie recipe from 1868

This recipe is from ‘The Dominion Home Cook Book’. A Canadian cookbook printed in 1868. Source: http://www.canadiana.ca The historic Recipe Rhubarb Pie – Take the tender stalks of the rhubarb, strip off the skin, and cut the stalks into thin slices. Line deep plates with pie crust, then put in the rhubarb, with a thick […]

In The News: History in Colour

“The Minden Hills Cultural Centre has been using an artificial intelligence program called DeOldify to restore old photographs with colour, then posting them to Facebook for the community to view from the comfort and safety of their own home.” – Zachary Roman

History in Colour

These photographs from the Minden Hills Museum & Heritage Village collection have been digitally altered using DeOldify, a computer program that transforms black and white photographs into vivid colour images.

UFO is going digital!

UFO textile group is going digital! Email museum@mindenhills.ca if you would like to be sent a link to join our digital craft and chat meeting this Friday April 17 at 1pm

Digital embroidery tutorials!

Our Victorian Motto Sampler workshop, originally scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled due to COVID. So we are going digital! Stay tuned for a week long series of craft tutorials showing you have to make a mini motto sampler inspired by the museum’s collection at home!