Ed Gilbert of the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society visited Parrsboro Regional High School on June 20 to present certificates to the Grade 8 students who won this year’s family tree contest, (from left,) Audrey Allen, Emma Trottier and Grant Wood. Missing is Avery Moore.
PARRSBORO – A little more family history has been added to Ottawa House museum, thanks to the efforts of local junior high students.
Winners of the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society’s family tree project were presented with certificates and a framed historical photo of the museum property on Friday, June 20, as society member Ed Gilbert paid a visit to Parrsboro Regional High School.
A project for the Grade 8 class, this year’s winners were Audrey Allen, Avery Moore, Emma Trottier and Grant Wood, all of whom will have their projects on display at the museum for most of the summer.
“We use the information you’ve collected to add to our database for genealogy, because we have people there all the time looking for their family history,” Gilbert told the students. “These are people who have ancestors from Parrsboro, or come from Parrsboro themselves. It’s very important to us, and we like to see young people knowing their background.”
He said they would like to display every student’s project at the museum in its genealogy room, but unfortunately do not have the space.
The projects that do get displayed, however, add a lot to the visitor’s experience, according to Gilbert.
“We do have quite a few people come here for genealogy, and it gives them another feature,” he said. “Genealogy can be pretty dull, when you just have letters and figures. But when you have pictures and stories in displays like that, and when the younger people come in, sometimes the parents grasp it as well.”