This is ROMA, one of two rescue cats who were responsible for rodent control during the 60s. The Museum photographer posed her in the studio. Gladys Wong, a cleaner, brought them from Woodbine Racetrack and fed them as part of her job. They hung out next to the security officers' room in the...
When I was a girl in Grade School, my parents allowed me to take the bus and streetcar, by myself, down to the Museum every Sunday afternoon. I guess the world seemed a safer place in those days. My first visit had been with my Brownie troop, little girls marching up and down the grand stairway,...
Lindsay Sharp is appointed. He comes to the ROM from museum experiences in England and in Australia. His title ( a first) is President and CEO. Here he talks about how he was hired.
John McNeill is appointed Director. Coming to Toronto from a professorship in botany at the University of Ottawa, he has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.Here he speaks of his mandate.
Louise Hawley Stone leaves a $45 million trust fund to support the purchase of artifacts and specimens and to support museum publications.
There is just one complete study skeleton of the huge Brown Bear ( Ursus arctos - also known as the Grizzly or Kodiak bear) in the ROM's mammalogy collection. And I remember vividly when it arrived in 1965. I was a summer student in the ROM's Department of Entomology...
Currelly moves into basement even before the roof is completed and begins to unpack material he has collected in Europe and Egypt.
The Foundation is established to be responsible for all philanthropic activities in support of the Museum's highest priorities. Nowadays, the office of the ROM Governors is supported by an independent Board which provides leadership in a wide range of activities supporting ROM programs,...
The launch of what has become a popular annual fundraising event. Curators enjoy lying and attendees are fascinated by the challenges they are given. The proceeds from the first one go to support the web site.which has been launched without extra funding.
Louise Hawley Stone donates $2 million to endow a permanent curatorial position, a chair in Far Eastern Art named for her. (In 2013 there are 8 endowed curatorships)