Bill Yeager

Mr. Museum,  Bill Yeager retired as our Curator on October 31 of 2008. A retirement celebration was held  October 26th with over 160 well-wishers attending. The Research reading room was dedicated in his honour and named accordingly.

Bill has been with the Eva Brook Donly Museum for 35 years. His first job was to catalogue the books and artifacts that were stored in a barn. He worked alone and was for years the Manager, Curator. He worked for years with many volunteers building the collection and presentations that you see today.
He greeted people and researchers, answering their questions, playing Father Christmas to hundreds of school groups, training volunteers and always cataloguing the donations of books, artifacts, furniture, scapbooks, maps, family histories and thousands of photographs.

Under Bill's guidance, the genealogical section library blossomed into thousands of books and became one of the province's top spots to visit if you were tracing your family history. There are books on families, provinces, counties, municipalities and countries. Above it all it is the best collection in the world of Norfolk County, Ontario genealogy and history. To add to this Bill has had a part in the presentation of the birth, marriage and death, vital statistics and the cemeteries of Norfolk County.

One of Bill's finest achievements was the editing and production of the Norfolklore Newsletter. It was always filled with news and history of the Norfolk Historical Society.  

The Eva Brook Donly home under his guidance was turned into a representative home of a 19th Century family. A gallery in a later additon to the home is a display of Norfolk history.

Bill has been a friend to thousands and will be missed. Who will we ask, "where do I find?" I am sure Bill will enjoy his retirement in his country home on the outskirts of Simcoe.

Thanks Bill.

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