MUSE MAGAZINE • January/February 2019

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Community Museums

Rebecca MacKenzie

Dotting the landscape of many Canadian cities and towns, are community museums. They are a reflection in content and in character of the communities they represent. In my life I've made numerous great Canadian road trips and always make an effort to visit the engaging community spaces. ... (Read more…)

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Canadian Participation in Cultural Activities. (Read More...)

Metal Mesh Purse.  In 1898, when gold fever struck the world, people from all walks of life were held together by a unique social fabric. Kathleen Eloise Rockwell, the Yukon’s most famous dancehall girl, ... (Read More...)


Beyond Property and Trade: Establishing a Community Loans Program

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) opened in 2011, after decades of planning by Eeyouch Elders and community members. Located in Ouje-Bougoumou, ACCI is the regional cultural institute for Eeyou Istchee, a self-governing region in what is now known as Quebec ... (Read More ...)


Sport Heroes

Katie Tanner

Imagine: boxing inductee Ricky Anderson invites kids to act out scenarios for his lesson about resisting peer pressure; rowing World Champion Tracy Cameron gets participants to try out her ergometer as she talks about finding her passion later in life; Olympic gymnast Ellie Black, a local celebrity and veritable superhero in the eyes of many girls and boys, ... (Read More ...)


One Hundred Years of History in Every Can

Grant Vogl

The BYTOWN MUSEUM, founded by the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa in 1917, marked its 100th anniversary in 2017. Over the years we have deepened our connection to the Ottawa community with our on-line presence, profile and very importantly, community partnerships. ... (Read More ...)


The Rhythm of the Tides

M.J. Edwards

 What can be done with a staggeringly white and large (19’ x 32’) spiral staircase space? With a background in visual arts and a strong interest in biology, when I took over as curator and director of the Grand Manan Museum in 2011, I knew I wanted to fill the space with art. There are so many marine species found around our remote island in the mouth of the Bay of Fundy where the local tides range from 19 to 24 feet, ... (Read more ...)


Putting History in Their Hands

Alyssa Gomori

In the spirit of communal ownership of local history, a focus on education, along with the goal of pursuing a connection to the community in which it operates, the Erland Lee Museum held its first Community Archaeology program in August 2018. The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) independently owns and operates the Erland Lee Museum, in Stoney Creek, ON. ... (Read more ...)


Telling Our Stories Together

Kate Butler

When we think about the early history of small towns and rural communities in Canada, it can be easy to focus on the narratives of hard work and survival. Haliburton Village, located in Ontario’s cottage country, was settled in the 1860’s under the influence of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company. It was first envisioned as a largely agricultural community, but problems with poor soil quality, erosion and the omnipresence of the Canadian Shield ... (Read more ...)


Cycling Through History

Lindsay Foreman

The Agassiz-Harrison community hosts an annual summer cycle tour event — known as the Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour — to support local growers, encourage sustainable food practices, and to provide educational culinary experiences. The event is executed by a partnership of community businesses, organizations, farms, as well as the Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Centre. ... (Read more ...)