The Paris Museum &
Historical Society

Community Outreach

The Paris Museum Outreach program aims to bring the museum to those who cannot visit the museum in person. For example, The Paris Museum has delivered presentations at seniors' residences in the area.

At Telfer Place presentations were done in the large Telfer Place atrium. The Museum brought items that the residents could handle and look at closely, sometimes evoking memories. Some presentations included items and video about Penmans, "What Am I?" boxes and the cobblestone miniatures.

At Tranquility Place in Brantford residents came to the activities room on the second floor to view the Museum farming video, Seeds of Change, or to learn about bottles and glass and antique clothing.

Presentations were also done at Park Lane Terrace in Paris and The Willett Urgent Care Centre.

The Museum is hoping to expand its Outreach program to include other organizations such as schools and church groups.

If you or your organization is interested in a museum presentation please send the request to and we will be happy to set up a presentation for you.


The PMHS research department has been hard at work, even during the pandemic.

PMHS researchers have fulfilled research requests from the local community as well as from Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.

Requests have also been fulfilled from residents of British Columbia, the US, the EU and the UK.

Some of the resources in our archives:

  • Railroads
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Genealogy Files
  • Newspaper Indexes (births, deaths, marriages and major events)
  • Cemetery Records
  • Maps
  • Registry for Paris and some of South Dumfries
  • Directories
  • Business Files
  • Telephone books (from turn of the century on)
  • Photos of Houses (a Millennium Project)
  • Census
  • Family Tree Maker

The Paris Museum and Historical Society is operated completely by volunteers. We receive funding from grants, fundraising initiatives, donations and research fees.

For Research in Person

There is a $20 per visit fee to research in the museum's archives in person. A volunteer will find the files or documents you need and afterwards will re-file the items. If you wish the PMHS researchers to do the research for you, there is a $20 per hour fee. We can give you an estimate of the time required and this fee should be paid in advance. (Please note: members can research free of charge.)

To optimize your research experience and guarantee availability of an experienced researcher, the research team recommends making an appointment ahead of time.

If you have any questions regarding research, please contact us at:

For Online Research Fee Payments

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Pay Fees

For international options when paying for research, please make arrangments by emailing the research department:

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