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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ancient pottery making described in new Anishinaabemowin translation

Jacob Owen of Pauingassi was always cheerfully willing to explain the complexities of Ojibwe history and philosophy with stories from his own life.  Margaret Simmons, who conducted this interview, was the Director of Education in Pauingassi at the time. She is a warm and open person with a positive genius for respectfully conversing with old people and her unique talent made my visits to Pauingassi and over 300 hours of…

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200 Years Later: The Battle of Seven Oaks

Yesterday (June 19th) marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Seven Oaks, the boiling point of years of conflict (not always violent) between the Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company in the Red River settlement region. Like any historic event, isolating the details of June 19th, 1816 is a disservice to both parties involved, so I strongly encourage readers to take a look at the resources listed at the end…

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Dirty Little Secrets

Whenever someone walks into the Conservation lab, they are usually awed at all the scientific equipment. Large wall cabinets filled with chemicals, adhesives, paints, glass beakers and flasks. There is safety equipment, such as fume hoods and spiralling exhaust vents hanging from the ceilings to ensure proper precautions are taken. With this complex system, it looks like conservators are risking their lives every day to preserve and protect cultural heritage….

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Discovery of an Empire Dress (circa 1800) in the Museum’s collection

The programs and activities of the Manitoba Museum are supported by over 200 volunteers. These dedicated individuals sometimes bring specialized knowledge that casts new light on items within the Museum’s collections. Lee-Ann Blase has volunteered for many years in the Department of Collections and Conservation. She applies her background in textiles and historic costumes to preparing condition reports and reviewing descriptions of the clothing in the History collection. Volunteer Lee-Ann…

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Gettin’ down at Yellow Quill Prairie

Last week I started my field season by getting down on my hands and knees to collect plants and pollinators at the Yellow Quill Prairie Preserve, which is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/?referrer=https://www.google.ca/). While that may not sound particularly appealing to you, it is something that I love about my job. After a long winter stuck inside, it is marvelous to spend some time out…

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Manitoba Museum Capital Campaign 2016 – Coming Soon

The Manitoba Museum remains a cultural symbol of the province itself, attracting the dreamers, the seekers and the curious. The Museum is undergoing a major renewal to ensure that all generations, present and future, will come away inspired. We’re envisioning new ways to tell Manitoba’s stories with the help of those eager to invest in Manitoba’s future. To learn more, contact: Heather Laser Director of Philanthropy [email protected] 204-988-0656

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