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Monthly Archive: December Hist

Unfrozen in Time: From the Erebus and Terror to the ROM

Posted: November 7, 2014 - 09:09 , by Stacey Kerr
Watercolor of the grave of G.S. Malcolm A.B., who died of frostbite during the search for Franklin. Photo by Dorea Reeser

Today’s blog post is a glimpse of a tale that is largely untold. It is the story of the exploration of the Canadian Arctic, as seen by Adam White in his botanical scrapbooks. These scrapbooks were donated to the University of Toronto, and came to the ROM together with what is now the ROM’s Green Plant Herbarium. What do these scrapbooks have to do with Franklin, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror? It’s a fantastic story! 

The "Maple Leaf Forever Tree" Lives On

Posted: October 17, 2014 - 14:28 , by Stacey Kerr
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Eco-Woodturner, Michael Finkelstein, works on a set of nesting bowls in his studio. Photo by Justine DiCesare

A year after a storm toppled the famous "Maple Leaf Forever Tree" in Leslieville, Toronto-based artisan and Eco-woodturner Michael Finkelstein wanted to help preserve this beautiful, 150-year old silver maple tree for future generations to enjoy through his artwork.

Origins of a Collection: A look at R.S. Williams' Historic Musical Instruments

Posted: July 7, 2014 - 12:42 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
European Music Book. Detail. 1835.

Have you ever wondered how museums collect their treasured artefacts? You probably know that many objects are generously donated to such cultural centres. But do you know the story or the provenance (the record of origin and history of ownership) behind these objects? The ROM is full of interesting acquisition stories—many of which can be found in the Curatorial departments and the Library & Archives. This is just one…

 

Celebrate Canada Day with Maple Syrup!

Posted: June 26, 2014 - 11:38 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
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Maple leaf on forest floor; http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maple_leaf.jpg#file

In celebration of Canada Day and Canadian Heritage Week (July 1st - July 7th) this post will relfect on the rich heritage and history embedded within our maple leaf. 

Stories from 2B - Talking about Canadian History

Posted: July 4, 2013 - 10:21 , by Maxine Kauter
Image of door with text "2B"

Australian intern, Maxine Kauter, knows nothing about Canadian history... but that's not stopping her from talking about it.

Museums, stories and things.

Posted: June 10, 2013 - 15:45 , by Maxine Kauter
Visitors in the Birds Gallery

Get ready for an insider's look at the ROM from someone who's usually very far outside of it.

#5Reasons for our Mediaeval Fair!

Posted: September 28, 2012 - 09:03 , by Kiron Mukherjee
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Five reasons why our Mediaeval Fair (September 29/30) is going to be awesome!

Kiron's Mediaeval Look

The first Church at York and the War of 1812

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 11:28 , by admin
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Written by Paul Vaculik, ROMwalks volunteer

The first Church at York (later renamed to St. James) was built in 1807 by soldiers of the British garrison. The church and its rector, the Reverend Dr. John Strachan, became central to events of the War of 1812.

ROM Walk: Sculpture and the City

Posted: July 30, 2012 - 13:41 , by admin
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By Valerie Fairclough, ROMwalks volunteer

ROM Walk: Queen’s Park Circle

Posted: July 23, 2012 - 16:11 , by admin
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By Bruce Salvatore, ROM Walks, Department of Museum Volunteers

Queen’s Park, located in central Toronto, was opened in 1860 and dedicated by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to his mother, Queen Victoria. Brimming with history, this ROM walk uncovers the controversy that surrounded awarding a contract to the building the legislature to an American architect.