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Renfrew Store Window Display
July 2008

Celebrating the Kashub Culture in the Town of Renfrew
Artifacts included in Store Front Display:

Store & home artifacts from Vice's Grocery Store

[Kashubian immigrant Michael Vice/Weiss
initially worked on railroad construction and saved to set up his own business, purchasing property on  Raglan Street in Renfrew
where he operated a grocery store for over 50 years.
In 1945,
Vice's Grocery was purchased by Frank and Mary Ellen Mask who were also of Kashubian descent and they operated it until 1960]

Clock seen in old photograph of store, stools for workers, weigh scale, candy or spice jars, wooden chair from their house & little wooden side table, jardiniere for houseplant, coal oil lamp, holy picture etc.
provided by Mary Hass nee Mask.
Other antique home furnishings & poster advertising sale of property for estate of John Koulach
[really Kashubian immigrant John Kujach aka Kuash]  
provided by Carol and David Sulpher.

Kashubian materials:
Kashubian painted chair on loan from the Polish Consulate, Toronto, Kashubian ceramics, porcelain & embroidered cloth, Kashubian flags, banners etc. from the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum, Wilno.

Display mounted by Shirley Mask Connolly,
Curator of the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum, Wilno

Special Thanks to Sherry-Lynn Shalla
for giving us this window into Renfrew's Cultural Heritage

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