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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas in the Collections

A few weeks ago, as my family was setting up our Christmas tree, I hesitated putting up a small number of glass balls, passed down to me from my grandma many years ago, remnants of my dad’s childhood in Winnipeg’s North End. These ornaments have been a staple on my tree for a decade since striking out on my own –the delicate painted glass balancing out my beloved childhood favourite,…

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Guest Blog

If you have been reading the HBC Blog, you are probably aware of some of the work involved with being a curator. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the job firsthand, to see if it is really as great as Amelia makes it sound? My name is Kristina, and for the past couple of months, I have been able to do just that. I am…

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Occupy Main Street

The Manitoba Museum was built in the late 1960s, occupying the site of the former Strathcona Hotel, built in 1905 on the south-east corner of Main St. and Rupert Ave. This intersection featured a hotel on three corners, all built in the first decade of the 1900s to house a massive influx of settlers, new urban workers and would-be entrepreneurs. The Strathcona was also the scene of labour resistance during…

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A blog about a (yule) log: Plants of Christmas

The use of plants during Christmas arose from pagan Yuletide celebrations of the winter solstice in ancient times. The pagan beliefs have become interwoven and associated with the Christian festival of Christmas, which occurs during the same season. Those plants which remained green, flowered or bore fruit in the darkest season of the year were felt to have special powers. These powers could be invoked by appropriate ceremonies and could…

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