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Fort Frances Businesses Through Time: Part 1 Front Street & Scott St.

From now until February 28, 2023*




Fort Frances, ON – This exhibit, the first in a series about Fort Frances businesses, has been a long time coming. The idea for the exhibit began in 2019 when former Curator, Beverly Cochrane was putting together another exhibit; “as I was reading through different articles about that area, learning about the businesses in Fort Frances, looking at pictures of places, I thought this is some really good information, and it would be nice for the public to learn about." Cochrane and longtime museum volunteer Maxine Hayes, decided to create the exhibit which was initially planned to start in December 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the postponement of the exhibit, until now.

For this first exhibit of the series, we decided to focus on the history of Front St. and Scott St., the main business districts of Fort Frances.

We also invite community members to share their own business or COVID-19 stories on our interactive wall.

Kayleigh Speirs, Museum Curator

*Dates are subject to change

'Rainy River Valley:Beginnings'

Please be sure to get your copy of 'Rainy River Valley: Beginnings', featuring the work of photographer, William Hampden Tener, who resided here in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Researched and organized by historian and author, Merv Ahrens, the book is an invaluable collection of images from our past, particularly as it portrays our community at work and play. The book is available at the Museum and Betty's of Fort Frances for $25. 

Strategic Plan (PDF)

With the assistance of Sandra Brunetta, we are gathering the personal histories of our residents. If you would like to help out, the form is below. This should be used as a guide only as each person is different. Once collected, we hope you will leave a copy with the museum. Thank you.

Interview form (PDF)