Englehart & Area Historical Museum - Ruby G. Bryan Fund

The Englehart & Area Museum evolved from the vision held by its founder and advocate Mrs. Ruby G Bryan. Mrs. Bryan was born in England and immigrated to Canada with her family. Her parents were pioneer settlers in the Englehart area. Here she met and married Sydney G. Bryan and together they had two children. She was a partner in business with her husband in what became known as Bryan’s Furniture. Besides being a business woman, she also served on council and became the first women Mayor of Englehart. She was a lifelong member of the Women’s Institute, a charter member of Englehart Horticultural Society and a lifelong member of Englehart Agricultural Society. These are only a few of the many organizations she was involved with in the community.

As a co-owner with her husband of a local furniture store Mrs. Bryan saw worn settlers’ effects being discarded for modern home furnishings so she began to collect these items and held them in trust for the area pioneers. In 1958, the town’s 50th Anniversary, and in 1967 during Canada’s Centennial Year Mrs. Bryan set up temporary museum displays. In 1976 when the Town of Englehart took possession of the old school house on 6th Avenue, she and the local museum board successfully lobbied the Town of Englehart to house the collection of artifacts in the current location and allow for its use as a permanent museum. The Museum officially opened in June 1978.

The operation of the Englehart and Area Museum is funded through donations from local residents, service clubs, and organizations, the Town of Englehart, the municipality of Charlton-Dack, Townships of Evanturel and Chamberlain, as well as the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.  In 1999 the Museum Board established the Englehart & Area Museum - Ruby G. Bryan Fund. This fund was established to assist with the long term upkeep of the Museum. Even though the fund is named in honour of the museum’s founder, anyone can make contributions to this fund in any amount. All donations will be tax receipted. If anyone would like to honour the memory of a family member or friend a Named Fund can be established within it with a donation of  $1,000 or more. A photo and a biography of those honoured will be archived and acknowledged so that their memories will be maintained. Investment income from these funds would be directed to the Museum.

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