Monthly Archive: December
Anna Chryrsky-Harapa is the Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee at the Department of Museum Volunteers.
Jaclyn is a volunteer at the Hands-on Biodiversity Gallery, and a recipient of the Ontario Service Award in 2017.
1. What inspired you to volunteer at the ROM?
After doing museum studies and while looking for a job, I realized I wanted to keep involved in museum culture. I've always loved the ROM and how it combines science and history, so it was my first choice at which to volunteer.
Elizabeth Novak served as the Community Co-Chair of the ROM Diversity and Inclusion Committee from January 2011 to January 2017.
Blog Post by Vera Hall, President, Department of Museum Volunteers (DMV)
DMV Members Volunteer Committee 25th Anniversary Party (May 1982)
The Canadian Decorative Arts section of the Royal Ontario Museum has a reasonable doll collection, featuring both folk and commercially made dolls. Primarily the dolls represent the backgrounds of Anglophone and Francophone early Canadian settlers, like this handmade dancing doll from Quebec, and this knitted doll from Ontario. Both dolls date from the late 1800s/early 1900s. I should clarify that when I talk about the Canadian collection, I am discussing the collections devoted to immigrants and settlers. There are several dolls in the First Nations collection.
In September, 1971, the ROM opened the landmark exhibition Keep Me Warm One Night, a kaleidoscopic display of over 500 pieces of Canadian handweaving. It was the culmination of decades of pioneering research and collecting by the ROM curatorial powerhouse duo ‘Burnham and Burnham’, aka Dorothy K. Burnham and Harold B. Burnham.
The Family Camera Network is a SSHRC-funded, three-year research project that brings together over 25 researchers and 6 cultural and educational institutions to conduct a multi-partner scholarly study of family photographs. An important part of this project is creating public archives at the ROM and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives that will collect and preserve family photographs and their stories.
This blog entry is the third in a series dedicated to Remembering Ancient Ceramic Traditions, a project initiated by us when we visited the Royal Ontario Museum’s New World Archaeology Collections to view and handle pottery made by our Ancestors. You can read more on the general idea behind the project in our first post (add link) and learn about typical archaeological approaches to ceramics in our second post (add link). In this entry, we discuss and explore our specific orientations—that is, as Wyandot artists—to the archaeological ceramic collections.
It can be pretty common in rural parts of Canada to find a pottery studio. Lots of Ontario cottagers have favorite potters that they visit in their cottage community. Many of the Gulf Islands in BC have at least one resident potter. Quebec has a hugely successful pottery show that draws in artists from across the province, 1001 Pots, which highlights the rural potter’s lifestyle. It is so common that it’s hard to believe that there were, at one time, pioneers of that way of life.