Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site, Gravenhurst

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Bethune Memorial House, a National Historic Site of Canada in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, commemorates the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune. Impatient and restless, he was inspired by a sense of duty to others and a love of the outdoors. In Bethune, these characteristics were the seeds of a battlefront surgeon, activist, humanitarian, inventor, teacher and artist. The historic site explores the roots and examines the legacy of this international hero. Dr. Bethune spent the last two years of his life in China, serving as a surgeon and teacher.The house was built in 1880 to serve as the manse of Knox Presbyterian Church. Malcolm Bethune became the minister of Knox Church in 1889 and, a year later, his son Norman was born in the manse. The Bethune family remained in Gravenhurst until 1893 when they moved to Beaverton, Ontario. Thereafter, the house was occupied by a succession of ministers.In 1973 the house was purchased by the federal government's Department of External Affairs. Restoration of the building was subsequently undertaken by Parks Canada, which is now responsible for its operation.In August 2002, then-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, who is of Chinese birth, visited the house and unveiled a bronze statue of Dr. Bethune erected by the Town of Gravenhurst. It is located on the main street alongside the notable Opera House.
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  • A knew a little of Bethune, but the interpretive centre gave me a nice summary of his life and medical service in the Spanish civil war and in China. The signage is in English, French and Chinese. Wit...  more »
  • We had an excellent time learning about Dr. Bethune's contribution to China and medicine. The kids absolutely loved the Explorers program and it helped them learn about Bethune through the questions, ...  more »
  • Bethune House is beautifully restored and the museum is full of rich information, photos and displays of surgical instruments designed by Dr. Bethune. Very interesting and a great homage to a man who ...  more »
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  • Simple museum/memorial. Staff are very nice, friendly, and helpful. Museum also has Chinese translations. Overall, a fun trip with the Parks Canada 150 pass.
  • Great place to visit. Very well managed. Extremely friendly staff.
  • Great history, great guide. Cool place👍
  • Sexier than you might think!
  • A really interesting visit a surprise to see the popularity of the Canadian with the Chinese people and visitors. Gravenhusrt is a nice town to visit and a must stop is the Sawdust Co Brewery.

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