Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | November 28, 2017

St. Mike’s – Annual tea & millinery show

Cornwall’s second House of Refuge on the Glebe Road (11th St. E.) was later re-fitted as St. Michael’s Academy, an all-girls’ residential school.

A popular annual event was the Tea and Millinery Show organized by the school’s Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Pictured above is Mrs. Daniel (Rita) O’Brien pouring the first cup of tea for Mrs. Albert Bergeron. Standing are Mrs. Oscar Ladouceur and Sister Superior of the Academy. O’Brien and Ladouceur were joint conveners for the tea and show.

These two photos are of some of the women modeling the hats.

Do you recognize anyone in this group photo?

Ann Fournier, a graduate of the school, was awarded the $500 Knights of Columbus Ontario Council #755 scholarship at the event, presented by L.T. Scully.

This crest and school photo are from our collection at the Museum and Archives.

The RanGal photos from 1962/63 are from one of Rita O’Brien’s albums. We appreciate her sharing them with us. What old photos and items are tucked away in your closets?


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