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The Lanark & District Museum Board and "Friends", are all volunteers.

The board consists of 5 members, and several "friends" of the Museum that help make the Museum run smoothly.

Anne Graham
Board Member - Volunteer - Chair

My name is Anne Graham and I am current chairperson of the Lanark and District Museum Board. Even though I have not always lived in Lanark, my heart has always been  here from the days of my grandpa Ben Willis, my dad John Graham who started his printing career at the Lanark Era  and my seventeen years teaching at Maple Grove School.  

A few years ago living back at the Willis home on Owen Street, school friends Lloyd and Mary Wilson dropped in to see us.  Lloyd had dance posters from his fiddling days in Watson's Corners and asked me to see if the museum would like them.  The answer was yes and here I am on the board.

Norma Blair
Board Member - Volunteer - Past Chair

I have been involved with the Lanark and District Museum since the mid-1980's. 

My husband's parents, George and Carrie Blair, were integral in helping the Lanark Museum get started and they encouraged me to also be an active volunteer. 

In 1991, Lenore Umpherson and I became Friends of the Museum and I am still involved. 

I feel there is an obligation to preserve the artifacts of the area and tell the stories of those who have come before us.

Donna Gourlay
Board Member - Volunteer - Secretary, and Fundraising

My name is Donna Gourlay, and I am a volunteer at the museum, as well as the Board Secretary. 

My career has been with the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. I have been in the Lanark area since 1999 and moved into Lanark Village in 2006. 

I enjoy helping the Lanark and District Museum with fundraising and events, and have been doing so for over 10 years. 

I’d like to encourage everyone to visit the museum and take in our displays and participate in our special events.

K. Sinclair
Board Member - Volunteer - Treasurer

Ron Closs
Board Member - Council Representative

Marlene Luscombe
Friend of the Museum - Volunteer - Fundraising, Marketing, and Social Media

Originally from Ottawa, my husband, and I, along with our three senior dogs, settled in the Lanark Highlands, along the Mississippi River in 2017.  As I weaved my way into the local fabric of the village, I met Anne Graham at the Learning Centre, who convinced me that helping out at the Museum might be something I would be interested in. 

Somehow, I ended up on the Boards email list, then magically found myself sitting in on a board meeting in the middle of the winter, volunteering to help out with social media,marketing and event planning.

Considering all this was part of my past work life, and Canadian history was part of my university life, volunteering as a friend of the Museum, seemed logical. 

Sometimes, while helping at the Museum, I get lost in a story from the past, or an interesting artifact I come across. This place has stories. Lots of them. So come and listen to them. Lose yourself in history, and past lives. You won't regret it. 

Mike Diak

Friend of the Museum - Volunteer - Technology

Greg Drew

Friend of the Museum - Volunteer 

Alice Gilchrist

Friend of the Museum - Volunteer 


Get More Than Expected

Our volunteers work hard in order to make sure that your experience at Lanark & District Museum is the best it can be. That is why we are always coming up with new events and exciting exhibitions. We care so much about our guests, but we need the support of donations in order to keep offering the best experience for the public. Make a donation today.


Be the first to know about exclusive events and activities. There are so many ways you can be part of the family here at Lanark & District Museum. A great way is by becoming a valued member. All the proceeds of the application and membership fees go directly towards maintaining our museum and improving our services and offerings. We wouldn’t be able to offer all the amazing exhibits and events if it weren’t for the support of our members.

2023 Museum Board Members
& Friends of the Museum

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