Mark Rosati

New exhibit highlighting busy season at Park House Museum



By Ron Giofu


A busy season will be getting underway soon at the Park House Museum, with one of the highlights being the new archeological exhibit.

“Can You Dig It? Archeology in Amherstburg” was supposed to open July 2 on the upper floor of the exhibit but it is now expected to open about a month earlier than that, as an official opening is planned for early June.

Some of the treasures in the exhibit include nails, scissors, plates and many other items that have been dug up over the years. Some artifacts date back to 8000 B.C., said curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak.

A button that fell off a military jacket from the Butler’s Rangers dates back to 1782.

“It’s the only one in existence,” said Pouget-Papak.

There is also a lantern on display that had been pulled from the Detroit River.

Park House Museum summer student Mark Rosati stands with some of the artifacts that will be part of the new exhibit. “Can You Dig It? Archeology in Amherstburg” will debut June 8.

Items that are part of the exhibit include items discovered at the original Park House site, located further south on Dalhousie St. where the Duffy’s Motel used to sit. Other artifacts were discovered at the Gibb House when that was restored at the corner of King and Gore streets. Even more items were unearthed at the Elliott House, which used to be located on Front Road South.

“This year, we decided to feature dug artifacts in our collection,” explained Pouget-Papak.

Pouget-Papak said they have numerous boxes of artifacts but pulled out some of the more interesting pieces for the exhibit. Some were lent to the Park House by Hazen Price, who used to farm in the Front Road South area.

“I tried to pick items that told a nicer story,” she said.

The exhibit was completed earlier than expected thanks to University of Windsor interns, Pouget-Papak added. The exhibit also features an Indiana Jones flare as well, she added, as some of the descriptions are laid out in a style reminiscent of the movies.

The exhibit preview is June 8. Park House members receive their own tour from 6-7 p.m. and it opens to the public at 7 p.m. That night is free for members and $5 for the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Artifacts from the collection of Hazen Price is part of the Park House Museum’s new exhibit.

The first floor of the Park House Museum will be decorated as a World War I house would have been, she said. There will also be more ghost tours this summer, Pouget-Papak added, including a public paranormal investigation that will take place July 13, which is a Friday.

The “Music off the Back Porch” series also is scheduled to get underway June 1 from 6:30-8 p.m., with donations encouraged. People are advised to bring their own lawn chairs that night if they want to hear the music of Will Hawksworth and Brandon Deline.

Admission to the Park House is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors with children 5-16 being $2.50 and children 0-4 free. Family admission rates are $12 and school groups are $5 per student. Pouget-Papak said people can also purchase annual memberships which are $30 for seniors/students, $35 for adults and $40 for families. Lifetime memberships are $250.

For more information on the Park House Museum, visit or call 519-736-2511.

Park House volunteers among those recognized at Ontario Volunteer Service Awards



By Ron Giofu


Roughly 170 volunteers from Windsor-Essex County were recognized by the Ontario government with Volunteer Service Awards Friday night.

Among the award recipients were Chelsea Meloche and Mark Rosati, both of whom volunteer at the Park House Museum. Meloche was awarded for her five years of service while Rosati received a youth award.

Meloche said she was excited and honoured to be recognized while Rosati expressed similar emotions.

“It’s nice to be recognized for doing something you do to help out and be involved in the community,” he said.

Meloche started volunteering because her brothers were also working at the Park House and she stuck with it when she discovered the volunteer work to be interesting.

Ontario Volunteer Service Award recipients included two members of the Park House Museum. Mark Rosati (left) received a youth award while Chelsea Meloche was awarded for five years of volunteer service.

Ontario Volunteer Service Award recipients included two members of the Park House Museum. Mark Rosati (left) received a youth award while Chelsea Meloche was awarded for five years of volunteer service.

“I found it to be pretty fun,” she said.

Rosati started volunteering in a similar fashion, as his sister volunteered at the Park House. They both take the public on tours, work with school groups and help with special events at the Park House.

For Meloche, the Park House is one example of her volunteerism, noting she attends leadership conferences and works with the youth group at St. John the Baptist Church as well as working with a dance team.

“The volunteers are the base of our organization,” said Park House curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak. “Without them, we couldn’t run what we do.”

Other people with Amherstburg connections that were recognized were master gardeners Florence and Charlie Bowyer (30 years), Larry Foley (Community Living Essex County, 15 years), Tami Muller (Girl Guides of Canada – Essex West, 20 years), Patti Perrault (Girl Guides of Canada – Essex West, five years), Lisa Tomac (Scouts Canada – 2nd Amherstburg, five years) and Beth Wiese (Girl Guides of Canada – Essex West, 15 years).