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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Youngtown Rock ’n’ Roll Museum Has a New Canadian Home

Trevor Hosier at the Youngtown Rock 'n' Roll Museum
Photo by Lance Anderson

Good news for the Youngtown Rock ’n’ Roll Museum.

As you may recall, the Youngtown Rock ’n’ Roll Museum was formerly located in Neil Young's boyhood hometown of Omemee, Ontario, Canada, but closed earlier this year.

While no longer in a town in north Ontario, the Neil Young focused museum is moving to the Olde Gaol Museum on Victoria Street North in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. The Youngtown Rock N Roll Museum is a showcase of Rock N Roll artifacts and memorabilia from the first three decades of rock history, including extensive Young artifacts and exhibits. Museum founder and curator Trevor Hosier has acquired many amazing items for exhibit including “Natural Beauty”, a vintage 1970’s Texan acoustic guitar donated by Neil Young.

From Youngtown Rock ’n’ Roll Museum has a new home in Lindsay | Kawartha Lakes This Week by Paul Rellinger:
“The last year-and-and-a-half, it just became too much for me to look after,” explains Mr. Hosier.

“Even though I had five great volunteers who looked after things, the bulk of the work fell on me…shovelling snow, cutting the grass, upkeep of the building. I made the decision this summer that I had taken this as far as I can go.”

With a new manager on board at the Olde Gaol Museum, talk centred on that historic site as a possible new home for a portion of Mr. Hosier’s extensive, and valuable, collection. That led to the securing of “a beautiful room on the main floor” which, come February, will be home to Youngtown Museum at the Olde Gaol.

“It’s been real hard,” admits Mr. Hosier of closing down the Omemee location.

“Just yesterday (Monday) I was there. I had some Neil Young music playing. It was pretty moving. It’s certainly been a big part of my life. A labour of love, really.”


“What I’ll really miss is talking with the people who visited…hearing their stories and memories as they view the exhibits,” he says.

“I’m just so happy the Old Gaol Museum stepped up to give us a new home. People can enjoy the exhibits for years to come.”
This is great news for Neil fans that this invaluable collection will be preserved and continue to be open to the public. Thanks for all you do Trevor and your "labour of love".

Full article at Youngtown Rock ’n’ Roll Museum has a new home in Lindsay.

More on Trevor's trip to Neil's California ranch and his amazing Archives tour and photos are on Youngtown museum site.


Also, see Broken Arrow editor Scott Sandie's report in latest issue of Broken Arrow Magazine - November 2009 (#116).

Youngtown Museum
Original Location in Omemee, Ontario, Canada

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At 12/03/2014 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Lloyd Walton said...

Actually the museum has moved further north in Ontario if you check the map.
But technically, both Omeemee and Lindsay are really in Southern Ontario.
All that aside, the song Helpless is definitely north Ontario.
Still gives me goosebumps.

At 12/03/2014 12:00:00 PM, Blogger Sharry said...

The town of Lindsay will be better for having this fine collection housed in the museum in the old jail. I think it's great that this arrangement was possible and wish Trevor all the best with the new Neil exhibit in Lindsay.

At 12/04/2014 01:36:00 PM, Blogger Dan1 said...

Eric Garner -- Tin Soldiers and Nixon's comin'

At 12/04/2014 07:38:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@Lloyd - thanks for geography lesson for those of us south of the border.

@Sharry - absolutely! And don't you love Trevor's EKTIN pose? Suppose they cropped the dog??? ;)

@Dan1 - comment is probably lost on folks north of the border...


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