May 18, 2018 CARLETON PLACE — A good indication that summer is right around the corner is the opening of the R. Tait McKenzie and James Naismith Museums at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. Although the Mill has been home to the James Naismith Museum since 2009, this will be the first season the collection is owned by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) thanks to a partnership with the Dr. James Naismith Basketball Foundation.
“It was a natural fit for the Naismith collection to be housed at the Mill given the friendship between James Naismith and R. Tait McKenzie,” said MVCA General Manager Paul Lehman. “This has been a success for both organizations and transferring the assets from the Foundation to MVCA will further ensure the Brothers of the Wind legacy lives on.”
“The legacy of Dr. James Naismith has always been a source of pride for the Almonte community,” said Naismith Basketball Foundation president Clem Pelot. “There are many great stories to tell about both McKenzie and Naismith; their lifelong connection and deep roots in the community. We are pleased MVCA will continue to care for and educate visitors about this world-class collection.
Both hailing from Almonte, McKenzie and Naismith are renowned for their professional accomplishments and personal creativity. Naismith is recognized worldwide for his invention of basketball and McKenzie for his influence on sports medicine and work as a sculptor.
The Museums open for the season on Saturday, May 19 at 10:30am. Spring hours are 10:30am – 4:30pm on weekends and 9:00am-3:30pm Monday through Friday.
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