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At the Gut Of Canso Museum & Archives

Bursting at the seams with extensive collection of artifacts, pictures, displays genealogy records, etc. which repersent Port Hastings, the Strait Area, Route 19, Long Point, out to Queensville, MacIntyre Lake Hwy#4, Point Tupper, Mulgrave, and Sunnyside. There are displays on the ferries, construction of the the Canso Causeway, the railroad, the Pulp Mill, area schools, Mi'kmaq history, music, old hobbies, and more. There are over 40 binders filled with info on the older houses of all the areas repersented, and families who lived in them. The genealogy files include census records, birth, marriage and death records, land grats, maps, family history, cemetery records, obituary binders and diaries etc.

Reseachers have come from almost every province in Canada, from Alaska, California, Florida,Massachusetts, as well as England and the Channel Islands. ATV. CBC, and all the local newspapers have had people here at one time or another doing research, and in May 2000 there was a film crew from Quebec here filming for a documentary about the Magdalen Islands and an early connection with Port Hastings. Other visitors have been as far away as Germany, Australia, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Wales and The Isle of Man. Also this summer (2008) Cape Breton Fiddlers Association's Ron MacInnis, Halifax, came to the museum to do research for his Celtic Colours production "Salute to the Cape Breton Fiddler."

The museum has also Provided summer jobs fpr a number of students over the years, from Port hastings, Point Tupper, Creignish, Troy, Long Point, Judique, West Bay Road, Evanston, Queensville and Havre Boucher. Some of the progrms the museum has sponsored or been involved in over the years have been art exhibits, a quilt exhibit, pottery and china workshop, genealogy workshop, school reunions, 25th & 50th Canso Causeway Anniversary celebreations, cleaning up the the Pioneer Cemetery, a wood carving exhibt, taking displays to the nursing home, the infomation center and the Creamery.

Each year we have a number of fund rasing projects, our annual Summer Treat Draw, and the Historical Society Calandar, the sale of the Index for The History of Inverness County, to name a few. Most of these rely on the businessess of the area for donations, and we certianly apperciate the support we recive from them. The money raised from these events is used to supplement our annual operating grant.

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