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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Youngtown Museum Closing Sept. 10: Select Items To Be Sold

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

After some good news in 2014 for the Youngtown Rock ’n’ Roll Museum, now some not so good, sad news.

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 in 2014.

While no longer in a town in north Ontario, the Neil Young focused museum moved to the Olde Gaol Museum at 50 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.

Now comes word that The Youngtown Museum Exhibit at the Olde Gaol Museum will close in September.

Exhibit @ Youngtown Museum

Youngtown founder Trevor “T.R.” Hosier, will attend the closing and offer items for sale on the last day of the exhibit, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several guitars signed by Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and members of Buffalo Springfield, framed posters and record awards will be among the items for sale.

Several items will definitely not be available for purchase, such as Young’s guitar and the family piano. Instead of an auction, “reasonable” prices have been set on many items so that purchase opportunities are not limited to an elite group, says Museum founder Hosier.

Also, see, email or call 705-324-3404 for more information.

Historian and Victoria County Historical Society past-president Tom Mohr
Youngtown Exhibit, Olde Gaol Museum

Photo by Catherine Whitnall

From 2014 posting 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 was 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

More on a Omemee, Ontario Visiting Neil Young's Hometown Omemee, Canada: A Fan's Journey

Visiting Omemee, Canada
Neil Young's Hometown

This post was submitted by long time Thrasher's Wheat reader sand support Linda S from Virginia. Linda shares her memories of her trip with husband Bob visiting Omemee, Canada to Neil Young's Hometown.

Thanks so much for sharing your adventures with us, Linda!

Also, see Interview: "You can't conceive of the pleasure in my smile" - Neil Young's early years explored by Canadian author Sharry Wilson.

(Click photo to enlarge)

A review by Broken Arrow Editor Scott Sandie of the upcoming book "Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years" by Sharry Wilson.

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At 8/24/2017 10:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Comment below is off-topic; but all the best to the Youngstown Museum and those involved).

I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to hearing what Neil Young has come up with on his new album. I'm not talking about Hitchhiker (we all know that will be good), but his TBC 2017 studio album.

I heard Children Of Destiny when it came out, and to tell the truth, I wasn't really blown away by it. The lyrics were generally a bit flat, and I wasn't impressed by the way Neil as a musician was reduced in stature. Live on stage, we'd seen his once-dominant guitar playing become little more than a side show in the saturated noodle-fest of "Lukas Nelson and the All-Insect Orchestra" (quite literally so, on Earth). On Children Of Destiny, Neil Young as Musical Director was as present as ever. But his musical presence as a performer was becoming even more reduced. My opinion? Use it or lose it.

But despite this, the spark of inspiration was clearly there. I liked the musical arrangement, and the juxtaposition between the "shoot first/ask questions later" orchestra and the far-off war-torn streets was sublime.

Overall the song struck me as being a sort of re-imagining of Rockin' In The Free World (combined with the environmentalism of Whose Gonna Stand Up?). There's that familiar combination of anthemic, flag-waving chorus with more solemn and grimly down-to-earth verses. A pairing that offers more questions than answers, in the timeless tradition.

So as usual with his recent projects, there's the sense of him being onto something; you can see what he's up to, but he doesn't take it far enough, dig deep enough to break through to the really rich stuff, the magical verse that was waiting to be written 5 minutes after he stopped writing.

The positive side of this is huge, of course. He's still got it. All the key elements are in place. He's still got that instinctive blend of artistry, stage direction, ambiguity, craftiness, storytelling, passion. In spades; we saw it on Earth, as well. He just needs a few more great songs to go with it. And if he does dig that little big deeper, does go that extra mile, then we are going to experience another classic. Will it be this next one? I don't know. But I'm really excited about finding out. I wouldn't bet against it.

Lastly, I want to make clear that I think it is great that he's drawing attention to some of the major problems facing our world today, when much of America (and indeed, much of the world) is looking the other way. At the age of nearly 72, Neil Young is still creating and (perhaps more remarkably) still learning. Long may it continue.


At 8/25/2017 07:36:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Totally agree, but I do not share your optimism. There's nothing in the last few years to tell us he's coming out of this rather morose self indulgent period. I think it reflects many things in his life. Perhaps we have heard the Last Dance.

At 8/28/2017 05:04:00 PM, Blogger José said...

Nice place. It would be great to know the country home of the Father...
Thanks for sharing.


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