Next painting party: Saturday, April 29th, 9 AM til Noon. Thanks to everyone who turned out for our “painting party” on Saturday, April 22 2017. It was so much fun we’re going to do it again during next Saturday’s Volunteer work day. And if you don’t care to paint (we cannot imagine why), there’s lots of other things to do to get the Station ready for Canada Day on July 1st. Come and be a part of history!
We held a “painting party” on Saturday, April 22 2017, and thanks to everyone who turned out. There’ll be other chances for you to come and dip your brush, historically. Stay tuned for Volunteer Work Saturday dates/times…
Well, okay, with # 151 we added one more favourite activity to the Tourism Burlington “150 things to do” list — namely, join the dedicated Friends of Freeman Station volunteers as we swing into full-time restoration activities. As the weather warms, we’ve re-started our Volunteer Work Saturdays, and there’s a lot to do to get ready for Canada 150. Or if you prefer to join us during the week, that’s also possible. We need painters, sweepers, carpenters, groundskeepers, and sidewalk superintendents. No previous experience required. Watch this page for details.
As for the Tourism Burlington “150” list, we’re # 78 — “Admire the restoration work done during the opening of the historic Freeman Train Station – Canada 150 event” — but nothing says you have to take the list in sequence!
Here’s the link: http://www.tourismburlington.com/150-things-discover-burlon-2017/
and here’s Mayor Rick Goldring with a Canada 150 message:
It’s going to be a busy Summer!
2017 will be a busy one for the volunteers of Friends of Freeman Station as we continue our efforts to restore the Burlington Junction Station to its former glory. Here are some events* in which you may want to take part…
Volunteer work days – will resume on Saturdays as the weather warms. There’ll be a need for several painting parties, both exterior and interior painting to be undertaken, and continued carpentry and myriad other tasks to be done to get ready for “opening day.” These are typically organized as Saturday events, but if you are available thru the week, that’ll work as well… this Winter, being mild, we’ve worked on Mondays, Wednesdays, and even some Fridays, with great progress both outside and inside. Please let us know if you can help.
1 July – Canada Day and Canada 150. A dedication ceremony at the Station with visiting dignitaries at 11 AM, and FOFS members and friends invited to come past from then on into the afternoon to see our progress over the past few months.
7 August – Joseph Brant Day, LaSalle Park. Friends of Freeman Station will again be present with a display. Volunteer staff greeters needed.
30 September – Doors Open Burlington. The Burlington Junction Station will be open to the public. Stay tuned for exciting details!
3 December – Burlington Santa Claus Parade.
* (Subject to change as time goes on.)
Friends of Freeman Station (FOFS) frequently sends emails — typically, a couple of times a month — to our members and friends to update you on Station restoration progress and related happenings. Some volunteers have indicated they’re not receiving these. If you haven’t been hearing from us by email, and you’d like to, please click here to send us a note (email@example.com) and that’ll provide us with your email address so we can double-check that we have it.
We believe that emails are a crucial and cost-effective way for Friends of Freeman Station, a non-profit organisation operating on a very limited budget, to stay in touch with our volunteers and supporters like you.
As you know, the Friends of Freeman Station is (are?) a 100% volunteer group engaged in the rewarding endeavor of relocating, preserving and restoring the historic Burlington Junction railway station. The 1906 building was slated for demolition until FOFS ( Friends of Freeman Station) was formed to save it.
To date, more than 4,500 hours of volunteer labour have gone into the project, and some $ 390,000 in cash and corporate/ private donations has been raised. On the Station’s Lower Level, we’re planning to install a computer-driven, museum-quality interactive diorama depicting life in the hamlet of Freeman, which is now part of Burlington, in the early Twentieth Century.
We’ve a tonne of things to do in 2017 to get ready for Canada Day and Canada 150! So we need your help…
We’re looking for volunteers to join the building restoration project and/or the diorama construction project. Depending on your interests, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in this historic legacy.
Curriculum development- writing teacher material for class visits
Bricklaying and carpentry
Accounting – simple, spread sheet, income & expenditures
Photography – amateur (digital!)
Computer – correspondence, spreadsheet data input and management
Web site – assistant Web master using WordPress (we’ll teach you)
Email database – adding/editing contact information
Gardening – grounds maintenance, flower beds, mowing, weeding
Community relations – arranging and staffing public appearance events
Publicity – news stories and media relations
Model railroading – garden scale design, layout, and operation
Steam boiler certification – live steam locomotive operation
Videography – video documentation and editing
Artistry – scene and mural painting
Docents – volunteer staffing to receive and brief the public
Artifact management – logging, documenting, photographing, data entry
To any extent that you can help, please email us — firstname.lastname@example.org — and let us know your interest.
If you have not already done so, please take a moment to renew your FOFS membership for 2017. Dues are only $ 20 annually ($ 100 Lifetime) and can be remitted here on the Web site via PayPal or credit card, or by sending a cheque to Friends of Freeman Station, 3023 New Street, P.O. Box 91536 Roseland Plaza, Burlington, ON L7R 4L6. Thank you!
We’d like to identify teachers, both retired and active, who could volunteer to participate in a pilot project to develop an educational package for use by teachers in the schools prior to a Freeman Station field trip.
The content would eventually include modules geared to various grade levels and in a number of subject areas, possibly including
- transportation and the little-known role that modern railways play in the delivery of goods and commodities to Canadian consumers,
- history, including the role of railways in uniting the country commencing with the British North American Act of Confederation in 1867
- science and technology,
- village life in the early Twentieth Century.
If you would like to learn more, please click here to send us an email: ( email@example.com )
We’ve been working with local families to capture their stories about life in the village of Freeman and early Burlington. The first of these are now published under the “Families of Freeman/Stories” link above (or click here) and include “A.D. McMillan, Fruit and Vegetable Grower,” “Memories of Freeman,” “The Freeman Family and the village of Freeman,” “The Smith Family (Smith’s Funeral Home),” and the life story of “Theo Bullock.” There are many more family histories and anecdotes which could be added to this collection, and we’d very much like to hear from you, to add your family’s memories. Just drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work out the details.