Francis E. Shaw Exhibition Hall

The Francis E. Shaw Exhibition Hall was built in 1979, and enlarged in 1980, to house the agricultural heritage exhibits of Moore Museum.  Construction was financed by the Shaw Family Foundation, in memory of Francis E. Shaw.  In addition to agricultural equipment, exhibits in the building include a functional machinist’s shop, a Model T, Steadman Brothers "dead wagon", a Goodison threshing machine manufactured in Sarnia and a display focusing on the life and work of Francis E. Shaw. 

Francis was an industrial pioneer, born in 1896 on the Shaw homestead, located on lot no. 17 on the 5th concession of Moore Township.  He was a lifetime resident of Lambton County, an industrialist, a far-sighted businessman, a religious practicing philanthropist.

On his return from service in World War I, Francis married Lottie Myrtle Gaw and, along with the assistance of his brother Joel, became engaged in farming, trucking and milling. 

His insight, initiative and salesmanship led him to become involved with many products and services which included not only farming but also diverse industries including pipeline construction, the coating of pipe and many industrial products.  Such companies as Shaw Industries, Shaw Holdings, Shaw Cable and the Shaw Family Foundation proudly bear his name.

Prior to Francis’ death in 1978, he established the Shaw Family Foundation for the purpose of financially assisting churches, colleges, universities and charitable institutions so that young people can acquire the very best training.

In 2019, the Shaw Family Foundation provided the funds to build two large additions onto the south side of the building.  These provide reserve collection storage space for the larger artifacts in the Museum’s collection.