Paul Martin, Joni Mitchell & Neil Young

No, they didn’t visit the Museum. But they have something else in common. They are all polio survivors, as is Paul Martin’s father, Jean Chr├ętien, and many others.

We know this because of a little group of six that came in to visit the Museum this afternoon.

Last week we had gotten a call asking if we can accept a scooter group. We pointed out that our Museum is accessible, though the Venosta railcar and the washrooms are not. The scooter group was ok with that and they booked a guided tour.

At the end of our tour today, a lady from the group mentioned that they were all polio survivors.

They explained how they all remembered trying to get out of bed to go to the bathroom when they first realized the extent of their paralysis.

One lady came down with polio in 1953, another during the epidemic of 1952 and, from across the room, a gentleman said that he was struck by the virus in 1947.

They mentioned that the Richmond Museum is working with them to put together something on the history of polio in Canada. It’s a sad story that needs to be told. As one of the scooter visitors said, we young’uns have no idea.

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