Now how do you plan an Easter Egg hunt in a museum? Easter_1Easter_5The artifacts are untouchable and little fingers, well, the idea of it all seemed just a little too much to handle. With all of us nostalgically imagining children out on the lawn rolling eggs with spoons, Victorian-like.

Practically speaking,  this seemed a little risky given that Easter this year was in March and weather most likely would not  cooperate.

Somehow, we thought it important to find a way to let children celebrate inside the museum,  sure that they would be using their very best manners.

Easter_2So though there was no possibility of rolling eggs with spoons on the lawn our Executive Director, Kirstyn Allam, inspired her team of volunteers to come up with a novel solution. Posters announcing the event were printed and placed in town as well as through social media. Word got around and children brought by parents and grandparents lined up to find the eggs in Lynde House.

To create the 'hunt' pictures of each Easter_3room in Lynde House were printed out to give to children. On Easter Saturday volunteers pretending to be the Easter Bunny placed colourful decorated eggs among the artifacts in each room. Pictures and pencils in hand, children were then asked to draw on the photographs to indicate where the eggs were found.

Voila! A lot of fun to be had, with real chocolate Easter Eggs given out afterwards at the Visitor Centre where children could continue having fun colouring, doing crafts and playing vintage games.

Children of all ages loved it as you can see in the photograph below of museum volunteer, Denise Lagundzin holding her granddaughter as they watched children making craft bunny rabbits at the Visitor Centre.

Easter_4It was a fun day for everyone and a Lynde House Easter to be remembered.

Kirstyn and Monica E.Thank you to those involved in planning and working on this most enjoyable event listed below:

Pictured on the left, Kirstyn Allam, Executive Director, poses with   Monica Effenberger, Intern from Centennial College. Monica has been a wonderful addition to so many things during her internship and is working on a new display for one of the Lynde House Lauri G. and Kirstynbedrooms.

Lauri Geuzebroek, is pictured on the left with Kirstyn getting a craft ready for colouring. Lauri is a local history teacher, who loves Whitby History and regularly plans field trips for her students to discover Whitby's "Fabulous history"! Lauri is a regular volunteer and is looking forward to working on more research with WHS at Lynde House Museum.

Anastasia and Kirstyn


Anastasia Balaceanu admires some artifacts in a showcase with Kirstyn.  Anastasia is from Queen's University participating in her Practicum Experience placement with Lynde House Museum prior to her graduation as a teacher. We wish Anastasia well and hope she finds a teaching position in Whitby since she loves volunteering at Lynde House Museum.

Diane and Kirstyn
Diane Carson and Kirstyn

Special thanks to all our volunteers from the Tour Guides Teams who manned the museum for Easter Saturday: Halima Bacchus; Mary Prettie-Elliott; Audrey Atkinson; Ruth Edwards; Sonja Federchuk; Diane Carson; Joany Burtinsky;  Lilian and Ignacio Detablan.

Something is happening all the time at the museum, we aim to have a program led museum full of interesting activities as time goes on. WHS appreciates all those who lend a hand and make this such a great place!

Blog and Photographs by: Trina Astor-Stewart VP, Whitby Historical Society.

WHS, Executive Director, Kirstyn Allam and Intern Monica Effenberger visit with volunteers, Ruth Edwards and Al and Mavis Mawby while getting ready to greet visitors.

Lynde House Museum held special tours and programs on March 16th for families during March Break. Families enjoyed tours of the museum with tour guides leading guests through the rooms and telling interesting stories about some of the artifacts displayed. Inside the Visitor Centre children enjoyed crafts with volunteers.

Lilian Detablan demonstrates Cat in the Cradle game to her husband Ignacio.
Lilian Detablan demonstrates an old fashioned children's game to her husband Ignacio.

Volunteers Lillian and Igncio Detablan demonstrated some heritage crafts and games for children.

March-Break-3This game consists of a handmade paper cup to which a string is tied and a small weight. It looks easy to get the weight into the cup, but it isn't so. Lots of laughs later, Ignacio masters this game enjoyed by children of yesteryear.

Ignacio needs no practice in the art of origami paper folding however. He wowed everyone with several beautiful designs.

March-Break-4March-Break-5Volunteers were kept busy as the parking lot had a steady stream of cars carrying visitors anxious to tour through Lynde House. People can call ahead and enjoy a tour almost any day the museum is open. See for events with a special focus. The March break event had a St. Patrick's Day theme with green being the colour du jour and 'sprigs of Irish luck' hidden amongst the artifacts just to make things interesting.

The Visitor Centre is open five days a week, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm and Saturdays from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Group tours for Brownies, Girl Guides and Red Hat Society groups have enjoyed tours.

I think the volunteers had every bit as much fun for March Break as the visitors as they joked about re-living memories and playing a game of Dominos.

March-Break-6March-Break-7One of the highlights of the day was the Joseph Picard Archaeological tabletop display model of a First Nations settlement discovered at a dig near the development of the 407 hwy. Shown here are Abby and Olivia with their grandmother Lynne, some of the visitors to the museum.

It is said that almost 400 First Nations people called this particular settlement 'home' many years ago. The model shows 'long houses', a slice of what life might have been like with even a garden plot where corn is growing. The area shown in the model was lush with green forests full of wild life such as deer.

March-Break-8Children also enjoyed colouring and cutting out specially prepared heritage clip art and making paper dolls. Even in this technological era, old fashioned crafts still delight. Of course there were snacks on hand of cookies and juice for children. Thankfully we can enjoy our modern juice boxes for convenience...

We wish to thank Kirstyn Allam, Executive Director and Monica Effenberger, Intern, for planning this event and all of the volunteers who participated in making this a fun day for everyone.

Volunteer, Barbara Auchterlonie helps a little girl as she colours at an old fashioned school desk on display for the event.
Close up area 'at the fire' from Joseph Picard Archaeological tabletop display model.

TYC-Card-InsideThank you Lynne for your lovely card, glad you and your granddaughters had a good time!


Blog and photographs
by: Trina Astor-Stewart, VP Whitby Historical Society