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By Nanci Malek on 4/4/2017 3:14 PM
Our County Forester had a story to tell about her foray into maple syrup making.  After I heard it I was struck by how darned tenacious, and Canadian, the whole situation seemed to be.  I felt sorry for her hubby after all of that and thought he deserved a little something sweet when he came back from the sugar bush.  Although, in retrospect, something made from maple syrup may have been the last thing he wanted.

“For the last 40 years or so, my husband has dreamed of having a maple syrup bush. This dream started with March Break maple syrup making with one of his friends when he was still in high school. Actually, it was road tar making, but they were aiming for maple syrup. They used buckets from McDonald’s (his friend had a part time job there) for collecting the sap, and a pan they had welded together in shop class for boiling it.

While looking for a farm in the early 1980s (surely one with a sugar bush, although this has never been explicitly mentioned), he took a detour...
By Nanci Malek on 2/28/2017 3:52 PM

Hello! My name is Laura and I am a Foodie.  Wait, that sounds like the beginning of a twelve-step program.  Let’s start again and make that more professional shall we? I’m Laura Camilleri and I’m the Archivist here at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives (DCMA) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO COOK (and eat)!  I have been cooking since I was a wee snarf of a kid, bugging my mom and grandmothers to learn how to make whatever it was they were cooking.  Needless to say when I went away to university I did not starve. 

I always thought you could only find good food in the cities but whoa was I ever wrong.  When my husband and I moved up here to Dufferin County we were amazed at the plethora of great restaurants, farmers markets, and the farm-to-table cooking in the area. When I came to work at the DCMA I discovered a ridiculously large collection of cookbooks in the archives collection and I’ve been trying to figure out what to dowith this mass of amazing recipes, a tradition of foodies in Dufferin County, and my passion for food.  Voila! We have created “Vintage Eats”, the Dufferin Archives food blog.

I cannot wait to share some of the hand-written and published recipes from our collection with you.  I’m willing to try anything and will be testing the recipes on anyone who will risk eating them with me…family, friends, and other DCMA staff.  This year we will be following the Canada 150 Food Blog challenge themes put out by the Culinary Historians of Canada.  This should be fun!

 Join me and let’s have some fun exploring our local Dufferin County recipe collection and adding some new recipes to our repertoires.
By Nanci Malek on 2/4/2015 11:06 AM
Saturday April 4th until December 31st, 2015 in the Main Gallery

From the smallest red brick church to the grand Victorian-style courthouse, the buildings of Dufferin County hold the stories of generations past. If the walls could talk, they would tell you about the farmer that felled hundreds of trees and built a log home – entirely by himself. They would tell you about the days of prohibition at the supposedly empty local tavern. They would tell you about the ghosts that haunt, the romances that have bloomed and that family of 16 they kept safe on long winter nights.

The DCMA invites you to explore our 2015 Main Exhibit, If the Walls Could Talk. Discover the architectural beauty of the region through historical photographs and learn about the people that lived their lives in these buildings through rare artifacts and first-person accounts.

Explore the architectural beauty of the region and learn about the people that lived their lives in these buildings. Our Main Exhibit opening will feature...
By Nanci Malek on 10/9/2014 12:19 PM
The DCMA "Dufferin House" on the right, the Rich Hill Lodge on the left.

For the 25 years that the DCMA has been situated in Mulmur, the Dufferin House has served as an interpretative tool – visitors are welcome to wander from room to room and explore "a simpler time." Upon entering the facility, our visitors tend to be drawn to the log home first – the impressiveness of a "building within a building" is hard to ignore.

This log house was at one point an actual home, built ca 1852 by Nancy (Dodds) and James Eccles on Lot 9, Concession 1, EHS (East of Hurontario Street), in Mono township. For several years, the interior of the log home has been furnished with artifacts from the DCMA Collection to reflect the period of the County of Dufferin's incorporation in 1881.      ...
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