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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Mary Maxim Display at Woolstock


Craft Design Fashion & costumes Fibre & textile arts History & heritage Museum
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139 Silver Street

Brant County, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


The Bare Naked Ladies, Bob Hope and everyone’s grandparents can’t all be wrong! Mary Maxim sweaters are vintage styling at its best! Even in Paris, all the great people wore them including the mayor and firefighters.

A display of original sweaters, vintage patterns and pattern books, camera-ready art and the history of Mary Maxim in Paris has been put together from the many objects in the collection of the Paris Museum and Historical Society.

Come and have a look!

Located at the fairground in Paris, Ontario.



Paris Museum & Historical Society

Regionalization loomed over Paris in 1972. Late that year, the mayor and nine far-sighted volunteers gathered in Fred Bemrose's living room. Their purpose was to create the Paris Museum and Historical Society.

They feared the Paris library would soon lose its collection of historic documents; letters of the village founder Hiram Capron, pre-Confederation photos, original maps and irreplaceable records. They wanted to safeguard the town's heritage before it was lumped together with other archival material in a centralized regional library.

At the time, Paris was a tightly-knit rural community of 6,500 with a strong sense of its own history. Life was slower then. People read newspapers, wrote letters and met at church, the library and community events.

Bemrose, a salesman for Penman's Textiles, was joined that afternoon by Donald A. Smith, a respected local historian and principal of the high school, along with his wife Isobel; Jack Pickell editor of the Paris Star, along with his wife Muriel, Jackie Remus, an avid guardian of Paris's identity, a couple of town councillors and several members of the library board.

They purchased the entire collection from the library for $1.00. To help them get started, the library allowed the fledgling museum to use its lower level (now the children's department) for its collection.


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County of Brant Celebrates Culture Days

The County of Brant County of Brant, ON

The County of Brant is pleased to support many community groups and creatives to present a diverse collection of Culture Days programming.