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New virtual exhibit details the history of Windsor’s shopping district

A screenshot from the new virtual exhibit “Remembering the Merchants of Main Street” created by Heritage NL and partnered with the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society.
A screenshot from the new virtual exhibit “Remembering the Merchants of Main Street” created by Heritage NL and partnered with the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society. - Contributed
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. —

A new online exhibit features the unique mercantile and shopping district past of Grand Falls-Windsor.
The Main Street of Windsor, many decades before it amalgamated with the town of Grand Falls, was home to a variety of shops in the early 20th century.

Audrey Burke of the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society provided much of the archival photos for the online exhibit.
Audrey Burke of the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society provided much of the archival photos for the online exhibit.


“Remembering the Merchants of Main Street”  — the new virtual exhibit by Heritage NL — features articles, photos and audio clips detailing this prosperous time in the area’s history.
Audrey Burke of the Grand Falls-Windsor Heritage Society, who partnered with Heritage NL for the project, provided much of the archival material. She also helped arrange interviews for Heritage NL’s Terra Barrett with people in the community who had a personal history to Main Street.
“She interviewed about 20 people in total, people who worked on Main Street or had their own stores,” said Burke. “It was amazing how willing and eager people were to tell their stories.”
Since the exhibit launched, Burke says there has already been a renewed interest from locals in Windsor’s history as well as the sale of the heritage society’s book “A Little Montreal: Merchants and Memories of Main Street, Windsor”.
“It’s been very positive. Since this new project we’re having more people inquiring about our book,” she said.
“Remembering the Merchants of Main Street” exhibit can be viewed at www.virtualmuseum.ca.

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