Mrs Warren was the only woman on the first Board of Trustees and she served for 40 years. When her husband died unexpectedly in 1909, she took over the running of his company. She was a founder of charitable institutions such as the Canadian Red Cross, which used her home on Wellesley St. as its...
Sometime during the ROM Renaissance, I went to a members' event and was given a marble remnant of the ROM foundation dating back to 1932. I still have it in the pouch it came in.
The first time I visited the ROM from my home in New York State, I was awed by the building, the grand entrance off Queens Park Circle. I remember the beautiful visitors' hall and reception desk, but the exhibitions were incredible! I fell in love with the dinosaur exhibit and went back to...
In a dramatic move to increase attendance, admission fees are slashed by one third- to much acclaim!
Theodore Heinrich is appointed Director, the first for a single ROM. He has come from New York and is a novelty in Toronto the Good. A new era begins with a flurry of restructuring. Salaries are studied. When the subway is being built (in ’59), there is restricted access but the stop gets a...
The Planetarium closes with layoffs. There is a public outcry, but attendance has been falling and the equipment is 25 years old. The Director speaks about it as a "low point".
One of the first new Ontario Lottery draws is held in the ROM to assist with the funds needed for expansion. $10m is to be matched by private fundraising. Some Board Members oppose the use of funds gained by a lottery. (We don't have pictures of the ROM draw, but here's a nostalgia trip.)...
If I were to write a book about the ROM I'd name it "Something Different Every Time."
I moved to Canada from Bombay, India at the end of November 1999. When I applied to work here, I wasn't really sure if this was where I wanted to be. A part time administrative job, when I was looking for full time work in a new country? I was amazed to find within weeks, nay days, that a...
My husband, Rick, and I have made several trips to Toronto and we always stayed at the Inter-Continental Hotel on Bloor Street. On Saturday, January 19, 2002, we had a very slow Saturday morning and Rick had decided to go back to the hotel and watch a golf tournament on television. I made one of...