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Unveiling of Historical Plaque and British Home Child Day 2018
September 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm$3 - $5
In partnership with the Niagara Historical Society and the Niagara Museum, the British Home Child Group International is proud to announce that a historical plaque is going to be erected in Rye Heritage Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The plaque, long overdue, is to remember Maria Rye who was the first person to bring children to Canada as part of the child migrant scheme. It is also to remember all the children who passed through its doors.
The idea of the plaque came when Co-Founder and Author, Sandra Joyce,of BHCGI was in Niagara to talk at the Niagara Historical Society’s Meeting. Before the meeting, she visited the Rye Heritage Park and was surprised to see no mention of Maria Rye or why the park was named after her. It is located on the site where the former “Our Western Home”, the first Receiving Home in Canada was located. Speaking to a private sponsor there, the plaque was mentioned to the President of the Historical Society. In subsequent meetings – design plans and funding have been arranged and finalized.
On September 28, 2018, this beautiful plaque will be unveiled in Rye Heritage Park. Time TBA. Afterwards, there will be a reception at the Niagara Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake and meet and greet with Co-Founders of BHCGI Karen Mahoney and Sandra Joyce. More TBA