Volunteering from Home: Transcription & Description of the Collection

Christeah Dupont, Curatorial Assistant  & Jeannine Worthing, Visitor Services Coordinator  Volunteers are a central part of the Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens team; they help maintain the gardens, act as interpreters for visitors, and assist with conservation of the house and its collection. With our temporary closure this past spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff had to get creative with remote volunteer projects. There are currently two interesting projects that Point Ellice House volunteers are working on from home. The first is a transcription project which has been ongoing since April 2020. Volunteers are reading select letters written…...Continue reading

Uncovering the Stories of Point Ellice House

Last week at Point Ellice House, our Head Gardener Sheila and volunteer Tim were working around the circular drive, trimming holly trees and tidying up the garden beds. As they trimmed back holly branches, they uncovered an enormous stump, likely a horse chestnut tree planted by Peter O’Reilly in the 1870s. The stump was new to us and a reminder that Point Ellice House and its gardens continue to surprise. There’s a lot we know about the house and families that lived here, but there’s still so much we have yet to uncover. There’s rarely a dull moment in the…...Continue reading

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