Opened in 2004, Amherst Island’s Neilson Store Museum highlights artifacts from Island families and Island history since its first settlement in 1789, when it was originally named Isle Tonti. Items in the collection include the MV Amherst Islander’s ship’s wheel, bell, and logs. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Museum itself is also an exhibit having once been owned by James S. Neilson, an island grain merchant who opened his first general store in 1873, with the store remaining in the Neilson family for more than one hundred years.
The Neilson Store is a volunteer-driven community museum that welcomes visitors interested in the history of Amherst Island. The Museum hosts Back Room talks of community interest, shares its space with the Weasel and Easel which offers fine art and crafts for sale, and hosts an Internet Cafe.
Back Room Talk
Owls for Dinner…or an Introduction to Project SNOWstorm
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Speaker: Janet I. Scott
Janet will talk about Project SNOWstorm – what it is, why and how this snowy owl project began and how it ties into life on Amherst Island and Janet. Come out and hear about this special owl monitoring project and the unexpected results that scientists are discovering about the secret lives of snowy owls. Janet is a graduate of Queen’s University, a teaching professional for over 50 years and a bird-loving Amherst Island resident. Janet has been especially interested in owls since 1983 and moved to Amherst Island in 1984 (coincidence?!).
Light Refreshments after the talk.
The Board of Directors of the Neilson Store Museum & Cultural Centre will be sponsoring the following talks this spring…
Friday, March 30 – Larry Jensen – Sailing in the Caribbean 600 Race
Friday, April 27 – Terry McGinn – A Demonstration of Tabletop Role Playing
Friday, May 18 – Thomas Sylvester – The William Perceval Map of Amherst Island – 1857
The Museum will be opening for the season on the Victoria Day Weekend – May 18 to 21 – come and see our new exhibits!
We encourage you to get involved as a volunteer and are grateful for assistance with our talks, special exhibits and fund-raising events.
You can also become a Museum member and/or donor (with a donation of $200 you will be recognized on our Donors’ Board at the Museum).
Donations to your island Museum always welcome! (donations are tax-deductible)