‘Beatlemania’ coming to Smiths Falls’ Heritage House Museum this spring to celebrate unique local history

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Calling all Beatles fans!

Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum is set to host “Beatlemania: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of RCA Pressing Beatles Records in Smiths Falls.”

The exhibit will begin on Saturday, June.

“Beatlemania” will feature Beatles memorabilia sourced from local private collectors, as well as artifacts from RCA Victor Smiths Falls and CJET.

RCA Victor began record pressing operations in December 1953, employing over 400 individuals at its peak, with a notable 75 per cent being women. The company began pressing the first Beatles records for the North American market in 1963.

“We are delighted to showcase such a unique piece of history from our small town. whether you want to take the Yellow Submarine, or Drive My Car, let’s Come Together and honour this iconic rock and roll band,” stated Mayor Shawn Pankow in a media release. “With A Little Help From My Friends at the Heritage House this event is sure to attract fans, collectors, and Day Trippers, while stirring up some new and memorable stories that reside within our rich community.“

The museum invites community members possessing Beatles memorabilia, RCA Victor or CJET items, or those willing to share their stories, to complete the interest form or contact the Heritage House for potential inclusion in the exhibit by Wednesday, May 1.

The Heritage House invites the community back to the museum for the opening of the exhibit on Saturday, June 1. The opening will include live music from Beatles cover band Beatlejuice, food, photo opportunities, and a chance to see the completed exhibit. This exhibit and opening event are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For further details regarding the upcoming exhibit at the Heritage House, individuals may contact Will Manhire at the Museum at 613-283-6311 or wmanhire@smithsfalls.ca.

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