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Marking Heritage Days

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Val Champ, left, and Sharon Rideough demonstrate their spinning abilities during the official opening of the Heritage Days display at the Pembroke Mall on Friday. The event, held jointly by local museums and heritage groups, will be in place throughout Saturday.

Val Champ, left, and Sharon Rideough demonstrate their spinning abilities during the official opening of the Heritage Days display at the Pembroke Mall on Friday. The event, held jointly by local museums and heritage groups, will be in place throughout Saturday.

Those who forget their history are likely to regret it.

Representatives of some of the organizations helping to ensure the Ottawa Valley's rich heritage is preserved for future generations gathered Friday at a storefront in the Pembroke Mall to mark Heritage Days.

Ottawa Valley Historical Society board member Bob Clauson said there are five groups who have displays here – the Renfrew County Museum Network, the 42nd Field Regimental Museum (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogical Group, the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village and the Pembroke Community Choir, which marks its 60th anniversary this year.

During opening ceremonies, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuskie said he has always loved history, and appreciates all who take the time to catalogue and preserve it.

“This is a service for those around today, and for those who will come after,” he said. “We're all better off for it.”

Pembroke Mayor Michael LeMay also expressed his appreciation to those who help save and record our heritage, because it is so important to us all.

Lt. Col Gary Hardwick, commander of the 42nd Field Regiment, said he was honoured to be here, noting the unit has some 152 years of history in the region. During that time, tens of thousands of local young people had joined up and and served their country through the regiment.

Angela Siebarth, the curator and director of the Champlain Trail Museum and Heritage Village, said this year will be busy, as the museum itself celebrates its 60th anniversary, as will the Pembroke Community Choir, and the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“We also learned of our new strategic partnership with the city,” she said, adding they are looking forward to seeing how it will help them. The partnership means getting a stable source of funding to help the museum operate.

This free exhibit at the Pembroke Mall will be running throughout Saturday.

SUhler@postmedia.com



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