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Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

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40 Years as a National Historic Site!

Bethune House
Come celebrate with us
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On August 30, 1976, Bethune Memorial House officially opened to the public, so this August, the site is celebrating its fortieth anniversary!

Throughout the month, the historic site in Gravenhurst will have trivia contests, with giveaways and prizes and a slide show featuring the history of the site is on display in the Visitor Centre. On Sun. Aug. 28, we will serve a commemorative cake to mark the "ruby anniversary" of the birthplace of international hero, Norman Bethune.

Please contact the site for more information. 

Private Guided Tours of The Birthplace of a Hero!

Private Guided Tour
Private Guided Tour
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Treat your group to a Private Guided Tour of Bethune Memorial! This 2 hour experience includes a personalized, fully guided tour, exclusive to just your group. With your own personal guide, you will explore the exhibits, statues and stories displayed in the newly constructed Visitor Centre; take part in a full tour of the 1890s historic house--birthplace of Dr. Bethune--with opportunities to handle some of the historic objects there; take photos together on the picturesque grounds; and view a ten minute biographical video on Bethune. Upon reservation, this entire program is available in English, French and Mandarin Chinese. Your tour starts off with a Chinese tea welcome, as you meet your guide and the story begins. Explore the roots of this Canadian Hero!

By reservation; program fee applies.

Contact the site for more information.

New Books

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune Promotional Flyer for Phoenix by Rod Stewart and Sharon Stewart

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune by Roderick Stewart and Sharon Stewart was recently finished after ten years of extensive research. In this book, the authors provided the intriguing details of Bethune’s career as a surgeon, his personal life, his passion and pioneering commitment to the improvement of medical care in Canada and around the world.

Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson
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A series of Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune by Adrienne Clarkson

Canadian former governor general Adrienne Clarkson’s new book on Norman Bethune was recently published in spring 2009. She described this complicated man by showing how every stage of Bethune’s life prepared him for what followed.

The Politics of Passion: Norman Bethune's Writing and Art by Larry Hannant was published in 1998 and has just been published in French.

Please contact us regarding the purchase of these books directly from the site.