Hello everyone! Today we have some fantastic news for all of you who have been asking about when we’re opening. We’re happy to announce that we will be opened starting Monday, July 26th.
How will that look?
First, you will need to BOOK AHEAD OF TIME – either through here on Facebook, our number at 519-352-4799, or our email at email@example.com. We are currently opened MONDAY - SUNDAY, with time slots being 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30pm. Tours will last 50 minutes maximum and you will be with a guide for the entirety of your visit here. At this time, we will take tours with no more than ten (10) people. When you are booked in, we will ask you a series of questions, including ways to contact you and where you are visiting from. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING WALK-INS AT THIS TIME!
Secondly, masks will be mandatory for all visitors! If you do not have a mask, one will be available to purchase for $3. Sanitization stations will be made available throughout the museum. Debit or credit is preferred. Your safety and the safety of our staff is paramount!
"There are signs of industry and thrift and comfort, everywhere; signs of intemperance, of idleness, of want, nowhere. There is no tavern and no groggery; but there is a chapel and a schoolhouse. Most interesting of all are the inhabitants. Twenty years ago, most of them were slaves who owned nothing, not even their children. Now they own themselves; they own homes and farms, and they have their wives and children about them. They are enfranchised citizens of a government which protects their rights. They have the great essentials of human happiness, "something to love, something to do, and something to hope for" and if they are not happy it is their own fault."
Written about the Elgin Settlement by Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876) who was appointed by Edwin Stanton of Abraham Lincoln's administration to report on the Freedmen's Inquiry Report. His report became part of the Congressional debate on the Fourteenth Amendment.