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Monthly Archive: December Hist

Canada is like an Old Cow

Posted: January 16, 2012 - 15:11 , by admin
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Submitted by Conrad Biernacki, ROM Programs Manager

Tommy Douglas once said, “Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing in the Maritimes.”

This vivid imagery has got to inspire you to find out more about this famous Canadian and his achievements.

“That’s Not a Kayak!”: Form, Function, and Cultural Appropriation

Posted: January 10, 2012 - 14:53 , by admin

By Kenneth R. Lister

Kenneth R. Lister is the Assistant Curator of Anthropology in the Department of World Cultures. Read on for a preview of what he’ll be talking about on February 3, 2012 at the 33rd Annual ROM Research Colloquium.

kayak frames

Wallis Simpson’s Brilliant Jewellery

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 15:00 , by admin
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Submitted by Danura Buczynski and Elsa McKay, Department of Museum Volunteers.

Who was Wallis Simpson?
The American socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson, a.k.a. the Duchess of Windsor is one of the most intriguing figures of the 20th century. With two divorced husbands still living, Bessie Wallis Warfield (1896-1986), stepped into the spotlight and shocked conventional society when she was identified as the mistress of the Prince of Wales.

Contest: How much do you know about the War of 1812?

Posted: October 21, 2011 - 10:31 , by admin
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Submitted by Liz Muir, volunteer with the Friends of Canadian Collections (FCC).

Almost 200 years ago, war broke out between the United States and Canada, which was still part of the British Empire at the time. That conflict became know as the War of 1812.

Experience a Taste of Life during Medieval Times

Posted: September 27, 2011 - 08:34 , by Patti McCabe

Rob Mason, is an archaeological scientist whose research interests include art, technology, trade, and industry from the beginnings of time to the industrial revolution. But you may recognize him as a dancing knight from our Medieval Dancing presentations!

Don’t miss the ROM’s Medieval Fall Fair this weekend, October 1 – 2.

Five Questions for Hina P. Ansari

Posted: August 11, 2011 - 11:50 , by Laura Comerford

Hina P. Ansari’s relationship with Bollywood goes way back to the burgeoning of the industry. Her grandfather was a multi-faceted filmmaker known as one of the leading and first film noir directors of the Mumbai-based industry.

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…Artifacts galore!

Posted: July 26, 2011 - 11:14 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

Daniel and his team standing in front of a desert landscape in Jordan.

My students and I at the top of Machaerus, the location of execution of John the Baptist.

Three Questions with Cyrus Sundar Singh

Posted: July 20, 2011 - 13:35 , by Laura Comerford

Rajan painting shutter-Blue God Krishna. © 2005 Salaam Shalom Productions Inc.

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…Crusader castles, ancient cities, and desert valleys!

Posted: July 9, 2011 - 13:08 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

From the Field: The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project…progress!

Posted: July 4, 2011 - 09:04 , by admin

By Daniel Kwan, Gallery Facillitator and Volunteer

After their first weekend off, the students have returned recharged and ready to dig! Despite the many bruises and sores that I sustained from my hiking trips, I felt more motivated than ever! Due to the progress that we had made in the previous week, precautions had to be made to ensure that the students (and myself) could enter our excavation safely. We have a fantastic group of local Jordanian workers who assist us, many of them have worked with with me during my previous excavation last summer.