The Tower, “Hallett” and Fort St. Pierre sites at Pither’s Point closed their doors for the summer Aug. 24 after attracting about 2,000 visitors—up nearly 200 over last year.
“Attendance was up a little bit, and the Tower is still our most popular spot,” museum curator Pam Hawley noted last week.
She also said that more families visited the sites because of a “history hunt,” which involved picking up an information sheet at each site and searching for clues.
“There was no schedule. The [hunts] were available any time. People just picked one up and did it," Hawley explained. ”It gave them the opportunity to get a closer look at each site.
“It was more self-directed.”
The one-day history camp held through the museum two weeks ago also proved to be popular, with 14 area children and their families taking part.
Registrants participated in a wide variety of educational experiences, including learning more about fossils, voyageurs, logging and the fur trade, as well as taking a tour of the waterfront and Pither’s Point sites.
A harvest supper for the children and their parents rounded out the event.
“We had as many kids involved as we had wanted, and lots of families came out at night for the corn roast," Hawley said. "It was just like a big family picnic.”
She felt the one-day event, besides being unique, was popular because it fit better into the way families do things nowadays.
“I think it’s difficult for people to drop off kids for a couple of hours while they’re working," she reasoned. "Socially, the way people do things is changing a little bit.”
Hawley said the success of this year’s history camp more than likely will mean its return next summer.
In other museum news, the downtown location on Scott Street will soon feature a travelling exhibit on bats from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Scheduled to tour here during October and November, Hawley noted the bat exhibit will fit nicely into plans for a Halloween celebration.
A “Halloween Haunt" event, similar to one held last year, is in the works, as well as the possibility of a "Haunted House” being organized by museum staff and members of Little Theatre.