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Contact Information

Located at:
3513 Rainham Road
Selkirk, Ontario
Canada, N0A 1P0
Location on Google Maps 

Phone: 905-776-3319
Fax: 905-776-0683
Curator: Dana Stavinga

  Hours of Operation
Mid-March to Mid-December:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed
By Donation
  Archival Research Fee
$9.25 per visit
Volunteer Opportunities - Summer 2018   



Wilson MacDonald MuseumThe museum is dedicated to preserving the history of rural education, the heritage of the surrounding community, and the memory of poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald.

Step into a classroom of 1925… when the Union Jack waved over the schoolhouse… classes started with “God Save the King”… and penmanship was practiced using straight pens and black ink.

Lyric poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald (1880 – 1967) was born in nearby Cheapside and published works, including “Out of the Wilderness”, and a “Flagon of Beauty.”

 View poems by Wilson Pugsley MacDonald. 

 Video - A History of Selkirk, Ontario, Canada   

 Video - Selkirk, Ontario, Canada by Air  

Elementary School Programs 

School Days Past: 

Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum allows students to experience a typical day in a one-room rural school. Costumes, role playing, lessons and games help modern youngsters learn about their heritage and the history of education. The day-long program which runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm is especially tailored to the 2013 school curriculum. A shortened program which runs from either 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm can also be provided for other interested groups. Adults welcome too! 

COST: $7.25/student (full day), $3.50/student (half-day), teachers/adult helpers – free. 

Programs are offered off-site as well.  For bookings or more information please contact the museum at (905)776-3319. 

Curriculum Links- 

Grade 1:  Social Studies – Roles and Responsibilities 

Grade 2: Social Studies – Traditions and Celebrations 

Grade 3: Social Studies – Heritage and Identity 

Grade 6: Social Studies – Heritage and Identity 

The following is a list of educational programs that can be used in combination with our “School Days Past” Pioneer Unit. 

Prominent People of Haldimand County: Grades 6 - 8
Students will examine the life of two prominent figures in Haldimand County that of
David Thompson I, soldier, politician and businessman, built Ruthven as a symbol of his prosperity. He was one of the promoters of the Grand River Navigation Company and responsible for laying out the town of Indiana. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1841 and served as the first member for Haldimand until his death in 1851.  Lyric poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald was born in nearby Cheapside and published many works including “Out of the Wilderness” and “Flagon of Beauty.” Albert Einstein once said of him, “He’s the greatest thing I have found in Canada.” 

 Pdf Icon School Trip Program Package 

War of 1812:  

Haldimand and Norfolk have usually been ignored in accounts of the War of 1812.  But a significant skirmish took place in Nanticoke in 1813; traitors were captured here: mills and buildings were burned; citizens were harassed: a militia officer was killed and a government reward offered for the capture of his murderers.  This program taps into local events of the War of 1812 involving role-playing by the students. 

World War 1 Program will be offered please inquire 

Genealogy Contract

For more information about Archival Research Policies and Research Contracts, please view the Genealogy Contract.

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