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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Network of Canadian museums to share Franklin discoveries

Opening March 2016 Franklin Museum Network brings together 10 museums across the country Project shares ongoing story of Franklin Expedition through pop-up displays, programming Partner museums to host displays in winter 2016 TORONTO, December 1, 2015 – The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Parks Canada (PCA) have confirmed the participation of 10 venues, including the ROM, in the Franklin Museum Network. Joining the coast-to-coast network are the Canadian Museum of…

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The Amazing Criddles, Pt. 2 – Wawanesa Site Visit

One of the lesser known aspects of museum work involves the lending and borrowing of artefacts and specimens. This isn’t to say you can borrow the Nonsuch for a lovely family sailing holiday, but other museums and heritage sites often work with us to make the most of our collections. Lower Fort Garry has several pieces of our HBC Museum Collection onsite to illustrate the rich history of the fur…

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Marvellous Mosses

In a previous blog, Manitoba’s Miniature Forests (http://manitobamuseum.ca/manitobas-miniature-forests/), I described a field trip I took to obtain specimens of moss for the Museum’s collection. Today an exhibit featuring some of these moss specimens opened in the foyer of the Museum. I was grateful that Dr. Richard Caners with the Royal Alberta Museum was able to help identify these plants  as mosses are not my main area of expertise. Mosses are…

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Chief Piapot and the Qu’Appelle Treaty

This is an image of an original 1875 handwritten parchment document related to  the signing of Treaty No. 4., the “Qu’appelle Treaty”, temporarily on display at the museum as part the “We are All Treaty People Exhibit”.  Treaty No. 4 was originally concluded at Fort Qu’Appelle in 1874 but many Anishinaabe and Cree Chiefs were absent at the time.  This fragile document sets out instructions for Treaty Commissioner William Christie…

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Manitoba Museum Honours Leadership in Philanthropy

Tribute to H. Sanford Riley C.M., O.M., LLD Winnipeg, MB (November 3, 2015): The Manitoba Museum is pleased to announce that its annual Tribute will honour H. Sanford Riley C.M., O.M., LLD on Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Manitoba Day! The Museum’s Tribute celebrates the contributions of individuals or organizations whose leadership and philanthropy have shaped our city and province. The event, emceed by Honourary Chair Nick Logan, will take…

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The Amazing Criddles – Part 1: The Family

Within the History Collection at The Manitoba Museum, we have sub-collections of artefacts, tied together by object type (like our collection of crocks) or social movement (like our fraternal orders material). One of our significant collections comes from a homesteading family whose breadth of material culture has caused my coworkers and I to ask on more than one occasion, “did the Criddles ever throw anything away?!” In 1882, an Englishman…

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