A Special Place

1930s

A Special Place

Era: 

  • 1933 - 1968

I've always considered the Royal Ontario Museum a "home away from home".

When I was very young in the 1930's, my uncle, Eric McDougall, who was an assistant in the "stuffed animal" (as I knew it then) gallery on the third floor, would bring me there each year to watch the Santa Claus Parade. He would sit me down on a wide window ledge where I had a bird's eye view of the delights unfolding below.

A few years later, as we lived within walking distance of the Museum, I would spend hours on weekends exploring the galleries. I will never forget the thrill of discovering, at the very back of the first floor, the wonderful collection of period costumes. It was the beginning of a lifelong delight in the infinite variety of fashions and textiles. Many years later, as a member of the part-time teaching staff, I shared my enthusiasm with visiting high school students.

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