John R. Park Homestead Launches Junior Curator’s Club

Posted on September 26, 2017

EssexThe John R. Park Homestead is launching a new, engaging program for area youth – The Junior Curator’s Club. The museum’s newest program is designed to be an interactive and exciting opportunity for young people aged 11-14 who are interested in getting behind-the-scenes with Conservation and Cultural Heritage.

Junior Curators will delve into the museum world first-hand as they learn about the tools and practices of museum technicians at the award-winning Homestead.  Through the four-week program, participants will hone their skills, which will culminate in curating their own exhibit. There will be an exclusive Exhibit Opening for family and friends at the final club meeting.

The John R. Park Homestead’s Curator/Education Coordinator, Kris Ives, explained “Club members will work with the site’s professional museum staff each week to learn about preserving our past and sharing our collective stories with visitors in a meaningful way”.  Included with registration, Club members will receive their very own Junior Curator’s Kit, including artifact-handling gloves, an archival quality pen, and other museum-quality items. Skills will be developed through hands-on experience practicing the techniques of museum curators in the 19-acre Park Family settlement on the shore of Lake Erie.

“It’s very exciting to investigate the journey of artifacts from discovery to display, and there is quite a lot of personal growth and investment when you design a museum exhibit from start to finish. We are excited to provide this opportunity to local youth who have an interest in culture and heritage,” added Ives. The program will also feature a Homesteading Skills component each week, where participants will have the chance to try their hands at trades from pioneer times including: blacksmithing, wood working, fireplace cooking, and more.

The program will take place on four consecutive Sundays in the month of October at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area. Cost for the four-week program is $100 and registration is limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration is required, and can be completed through Eventbrite at

The John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area is located on the shore of Lake Erie, between Kingsville and Colchester. For more information regarding the program, contact the Homestead by phone 519-738-2029, or by email