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National Volunteer Week 2017 | Volunteer Spotlight: Jaclyn Firth

Posted: April 24, 2017 - 07:00 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
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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.

National Volunteer Week 2017 | Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Novak

Posted: April 23, 2017 - 07:00 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
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Elizabeth Novak served as the Community Co-Chair of the ROM Diversity and Inclusion Committee from January 2011 to January 2017. 

National Volunteer Week 2017 | Department of Museum Volunteers celebrates its 60th anniversary

Posted: April 19, 2017 - 14:28 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
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Blog Post by Vera Hall, President, Department of Museum Volunteers (DMV)

Members Volunteer Committee 25th Anniversary Party (May 1982)

DMV Members Volunteer Committee 25th Anniversary Party (May 1982)


First, Tarantulas in Rouge Park; what’s next?

Posted: April 19, 2017 - 13:40 , by Aaron Phillips
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A group of men & women sporting field gears and carrying nets assembled in an outdoor park

Each year nature-lovers have gone on a bioblitz along the Rouge River, they've found ever more species. Come out this summer and help us find even more!

CANADA 150 - Nova Scotia – Black rag doll

Posted: April 18, 2017 - 13:32 , by Heather Read
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detail of doll's feet

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.

#ThrowbackThursday: Thank Goodness

Posted: April 13, 2017 - 10:00 , by Sarah Fee
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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.

ROM Research: The Family Camera Network

Posted: April 11, 2017 - 12:45 , by Jennifer Orpana
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Photo of three people in collection storage looking at a photo

Wyandot Approaches to Archaeological Ceramics

Posted: April 5, 2017 - 21:08 , by Craig Cipolla
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17th-century Huron pot

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.

CANADA 150 - New Brunswick - Deichmann Pottery

Posted: April 4, 2017 - 11:40 , by Heather Read
detail of a ceramic cup

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.

Winners of the 2017 Henry's #ROMmembers Capture the Wilderness Contest

Posted: April 2, 2017 - 17:57 , by Cheryl Nichols
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Bird resting in a tree.

In celebration of the ROM's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Henry's exclusively invited ROM Members to share their latest and greatest nature photographs for a chance to win a new Sony camera!