The Village's New Bark

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Huronia Museum has recently purchased new elm bark to re-cover the remaining longhouse in its Huron Ouendat Village. Until 2007, all of the structures in the Huron Ouendat village were covered with organic Elm bark that was provided by a supplier near Cornwall, Ontario. This supplier has since retired and finding Elm trees, which have a circumference that would lend itself to building such impressive structures, are becoming increasingly more difficult to find in Ontario. Our new artificial Elm Bark now comes from a supplier in St. Louis, Missouri and is made of a rubber compound, which should ensure that this life-sized exhibit will last much longer with less maintenance.
The purchase of this bark was thanks to a grant received from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program.

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