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Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Strange Migration

Usually geese migrate from North to South and back again. Some goose decoys, however, migrated from Manitoba to British Columbia a hundred years ago, and have now come home to Manitoba again. A woman from Victoria, British Columbia called some time ago wanting to donate a batch of goose decoys that had been in the possession of her father. Duck and goose decoys used for hunting are common enough items,…

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Terry Fox – Running to the Heart of Canada

Relive 5,373 km of Heroism – Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada to Open July 14 Winnipeg, MB March 18, 2016 — The Manitoba Museum is commemorating Terry Fox’s heroic Marathon of Hope by presenting the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized, depicting the run and Terry’s remarkable and continuing legacy. Terry Fox– Running to the Heart of Canada opens on July 14, 2016. The exhibit provides an in-depth…

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Pliosaur Progress: We’ve Been Busy!

As you may know if you look at this page occasionally, for the past couple of years we have been working with a beautiful fossil of a pliosaurid plesiosaur, which was collected by Wayne Buckley from western Manitoba. We are now at the stage of preparing a permanent exhibit of the fossil, which will be installed in the Earth History Gallery this summer. So we have been very busy in…

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Guest Blog – The Tupper Quilt and Canadian Confederation

By Kelly Burwash, Practicum student, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies/Curatorial Practices, University of Winnipeg One of the great things about museums is that they can help foster relationships with (so-called) distant historical events. My placement at The Manitoba Museum involves doing research for an upcoming exhibition on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. As a new resident of Manitoba, it has been especially interesting for me to research what Confederation…

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Seeds of Days Past

Recently I became aware of a hundred year old collection of seeds located not in the Botany collection at the Museum but in the History collection. What were 100 years old seeds doing in the history lab? It turns out that they were donated in 1991 along with many other artefacts and specimens from the famous Criddle family (http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/pageant/06/criddlefamily.shtml) but not thoroughly catalogued. Questions about proper seed preservation recently came…

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Manitoba Skies for March 2016

Although the weather hasn’t noticed yet, spring is on the way. March brings the Vernal Equinox, the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere. It also brings excellent views of the two largest planets in our solar system, a solar eclipse we won’t see from Manitoba, and a chance to catch the winter constellations in slightly warmer conditions. Read all about the events visible in Manitoba Skies this month…

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