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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Terry Fox Exhibit: A Call for Artefacts

The Manitoba Museum is hosting the Canadian Museum of History national travelling exhibit “Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada” exhibit, opening July 14, 2016. The exhibit features the incredible story of Terry Fox as he embarked on the Marathon of Hope in 1980 to raise funds for cancer research. The marathon, which so many Canadians remember through annual Terry Fox Runs, is memorialized by personal artefacts collected by…

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Canada’s Sexiest Plants and Fungi

Compared to colourful birds with elaborate mating rituals and studly male mammals fighting over whom gets to mate with a harem of females, the sex lives of plants and fungi seem downright boring. To counter this perception I am pleased to bring to you my list of Canada’s sexiest plants.

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So, once something is named, isn’t that it?

Recently, my husband asked me what I was working on, and when I told him I was updating the nomenclature for specimens in the Family Polygonaceae, he looked at me funny. I realized that as a non-biology person, my response was not that informative to him. It did not tell him that I was working on updating the official names of plant specimens, or even which plants they were, and…

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Manitoba Museum Wins Award and Receives Honourable Mention at Canadian Museum Association’s Award Ceremony

Winnipeg, MB (April 14, 2016): The Manitoba Museum once again took home an Award of Outstanding Achievement in the Exhibitions – Cultural Heritage category (for Museums with annual operating budgets over $1M) at the 2016 Canadian Museums Association (CMA) National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Wednesday night, excellence in the Canadian museum sector were recognized. A total of 14 awards and two internships for emerging museum professionals were presented during a special Awards Ceremony at the Canadian…

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Weird Tasks: Moving the Glyptodont

As we have worked our way through the pliosaur exhibit project, we have come up against a series of problems that have required novel solutions. About a month ago we carried out a very strange task, and one that none of us had ever had to do before: we needed to move the glyptodont. Before I explain how we did this, perhaps I had better backtrack a bit, as you probably…

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New Manitobans Enjoy Free Access to Manitoba Museum

Winnipeg, MB (March 30, 2016): The Manitoba Museum ensures access to all – new Manitobans, people in crisis and those who face a variety of social and economic barriers. Recently, with support from The City of Winnipeg and the S.M. Blair Family Foundation, the Manitoba Museum has extended a special welcome to Syrian refugees resettling in Winnipeg by providing them with complimentary passes to the Museum. The Museum is uniquely…

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Beadwork Then and Now

One of the really fun parts of my job is when I get to interact with other researchers and assist them with their projects as they use the collection.  One of these lovely individuals is Monique Olivier, Assistant to Heritage and Education Programs at Festival du Voyageur. Monique has been learning how to do beadwork, and she asked if she could use one of the dog blankets in the HBC collection for…

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