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Facade of Beachville District Museum with leaves of trees surrounding the edge of the picture

Beachville District Museum Facade, 2021

Beachville District Museum is grateful to everyone who made this exhibition possible. We owe special thanks to the staff at Oxford County Archives, who allowed the exhibition researchers to review documents and images central to this project even through the pandemic.

We extend our thanks to Ken Zegers of Carmeuse Beachville for coordinating visits to Carmeuse’s facilities and providing safe access to contemporary blasting sites. Ken was extraordinarily generous with his time when providing insights on today’s procedures and his experiences working at the quarries from the 1980s onward. The exhibit also benefited from engagements with members of the Limestone Valley Trail committee.

The museum would also like to express appreciation to its Curator, Stephanie Radu; Assistant Curator, Sidney Williams; Curatorial Assistant, Monica Van Ittersum; Educational Coordinator, Kristy Buck; and Collections Assistant, Sarah Verreault, for their extensive research, formatting, and editing contributions. For a grouping of artifact features, we send thanks to Alter Light Productions.

We are grateful to the coordinators of the “Back in the Day” Speaker Series at the Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre and the 2022 St. Mary’s Heritage Fair, who helped us share initial versions of this research with their audiences.

We extend our gratitude to LAT Multilingual for their work on the French translations and a comparative read of this exhibit, allowing us to reach a broader audience and ensure accessibility. We also thank Ronella Van Woerden Van Ittersum for her comparative read of this exhibit.

This project would not have been possible without the extraordinary research efforts of Beachville’s historians – Charlie Reeves, Marjorie Cropp, and Marion Kilcup. It was truly remarkable to review interviews that Charlie recorded with former employees of the quarries for this project and to listen to Marion’s first-hand accounts of her family’s business.

The Beachville community also offered their memories of the quarries, abandoned pits, and public meetings through social media and is recognized as a critical contributor to this initiative.

A special thank you goes out to the entire team at Digital Museums Canada and the Canadian Museum of History. Working with the group to see this exhibition to the finish line was a pleasure.

This exhibition was supported by the Community Stories investment program of Digital Museums Canada, which helps smaller Canadian museums and heritage organizations work with their communities to develop virtual exhibits that engage online audiences in the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities.