Museum Adventures! Les Aventures au Musée!

After a long hiatus, I’m back with more blog posts! I plan to post more often than before to make up for my time away; starting with sharing my experience at the museum because I think it says a lot about how involved you can get and how it could help you.

My first ever encounter with the museum was when I was a little girl. I remember when my mother took me while we were out on a summer afternoon. I still remember sitting in the Capitol Theatre, amazed to find a little movie theatre in the museum. But even then, I had no idea and no interest in history let alone working in a museum. My mother had taken me to keep me from whining about being bored. That was my only experience as a visitor.

Years later as a high school student, I began to take an interest in history and heritage. This led me to want to take a co-op/non-paid internship in one of the two fields. I wanted to wait until my 12th grade year, but once I heard about a summer student position at the museum, I couldn’t wait to apply. This was back in 2015. It was one of my first job interviews and it was scary for me. I didn’t get the position, but I was still happy to have reached out and tried.

The one thing everyone at school told me: You can still do a co-op there. So, that is exactly what I did. I applied for a co-op position and ended up spending my last semester of high school at the museum. I was responsible for the museum’s support material. I digitized support material and organized them into categories. It wasn’t always easy to know what category the support material belonged to. Most of the time I had to decipher the images myself and sometimes I even had to hop on the computer to do some research. It took me all semester to do that, but it was worth it to me because I learned how to use Photoshop and learned some good photography techniques involving lighting.

Eventually while doing my co-op, I was put at the front desk to act as a receptionist. Interacting with the public was an intimidating task at first, but I’m so happy that my supervisor asked me to work at the reception because I am much more social and capable of handling customer service jobs.

What happened after my co-op? Well, I was told that I should apply for the summer student position once more. I was excited because it was a second chance and this time I knew what to expect. I applied and got the job. During my summer position, I worked at the reception and would perform tasks that were assigned to me. In the middle of my employment contract, I was asked to start writing a blog for the museum; I had a lot of ideas and therefore I didn’t object.

This leads me to recently; I have been a blogger for the museum since the summer of 2016 and have also worked as a Bilingual Visitor Service Agent for a little while.

As you can see, my experience at the museum is quite a long story, but it’s also why I encourage anyone to volunteer their time or become a co-op student. You never know where it might take you. I didn’t get the summer position in 2015, but I was asked to apply for the same position in 2016 after having been a co-op student. If there is one thing I can tell you about getting involved with the museum, especially at a young age, is that it is an enriching experience and can truly act as a stepping stone for you to enter the working world.

The museum was my first job interview, and my first real job. The experience that employers have taken interest in above all else on my resume is the experience that I gained while working at the museum.

If you’re interested in starting your adventure as a volunteer with the Welland Museum, please contact us at (905)-732-2215 or stop by and visit us. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. Starting July 7th until September 1st, the museum will be open until 8pm on Fridays! We look forward to seeing you!

Otherwise, you can fill out the online application here: https://www.wellandmuseum.ca/volunteer-application/

If you’re interested in a co-op with the museum, please contact the person responsible for your co-op program at your school to start the process.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

-Alacia Michaud

(Welland Museum Blogger)

 

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Après une longue pause, je suis de retour avec plus de blogues! J'ai l'intention d'écrire plus souvent qu'auparavant pour rattraper. Pour faire cela, je voulais commencer par partager mon expérience avec le musée parce que je pense qu'il dit beaucoup sur la façon dont vous pouvez vous impliquer et comment vos expériences ici peuvent vous aider!

Ma première visite au musée était quand j'étais une petite fille. Je me souviens de quand ma mère m'a apporté pour regarder les expositions un été pendant que nous étions sortis l'après-midi. Je me souviens d'être assis au Théâtre Capitol, émerveillé de trouver un petit cinéma dans le musée. Par contre, je n'avais aucun intérêt pour l'histoire, encore moins pour travailler dans un musée. Ma mère m'avait emmenée pour me garder préoccuper. Cette visite a été ma seule expérience en tant que visiteur.

Des années plus tard, lorsque j’étais étudiante au niveau secondaire, j'ai commencé à m'intéresser à l'histoire et au patrimoine. Cela m'a amené à vouloir suivre un stage coopératif non rémunéré dans l'un des deux domaines. Je voulais attendre jusqu'à ma 12e année, mais une fois que j'ai entendu parler d'une position pour un étudiant d’été au musée, j'ai été hâte de postuler. Cela a été en 2015. C'était l'un de mes premiers entretiens d’embauche et c'était effrayant pour moi. Je n'ai pas eu le poste, mais j'étais heureuse d'avoir essayé.

Toutes les personnes à mon école m’ont dit que je pouvais toujours faire un stage coopératif là-bas. Donc, c'est exactement ce que j'ai fait. J'ai postulé pour faire un stage et j'ai fini par passer mon dernier semestre au musée. J'étais responsable du matériel de support du musée. J'ai numérisé le matériel de support et les ai organisés en catégories. Ce n'était pas toujours facile de savoir à quelle catégorie appartient le matériel de support. La plupart du temps, j'ai dû trouver de l’information moi-même et parfois faire de recherches sur l'ordinateur. Il m'a fallu tout le semestre pour le faire, mais cela en valait la peine, car j'ai appris à utiliser Photoshop et j'ai appris quelques bonnes techniques photographiques, comme l’éclairage.

Finalement, tout en faisant mon stage, j'ai été placée à la réception pour être réceptionniste. Interagir avec le public était une tâche effrayante au début, mais je suis tellement heureuse que mon superviseur m'a demandé de travailler à la réception parce que je suis beaucoup plus sociale et capable de travailler dans le secteur de service à la clientèle.

Que s'est-il passé après mon stage? Eh bien, les employés du musée m'ont dit que je devais postuler à nouveau pour la position d’été. J'étais excitée parce que c'était une deuxième chance et cette fois, je savais à quoi m'attendre. J'ai postulé et j’ai eu embauché. Durant l’été, j'ai travaillé à la réception et faisais les tâches qui m'ont été assignées. Au milieu de mon contrat de travail, ils m’ont demandé d’écrire un blogue pour le musée; J'avais plusieurs idées, donc je n'avais aucune d’objection.

Cela m'amène à récemment; J'ai été « blogueuse » pour le musée depuis l'été 2016 et j'ai également travaillé comme agent de service bilingue pour les visiteurs pendant un certain temps.

Comme vous pouvez voir, mon expérience au musée est une histoire pas mal longue, mais c'est aussi pourquoi j'encourage toute personne à faire du bénévolat ou à devenir étudiante coopérative. Vous ne savez jamais ce qui peut arriver. Je n'ai pas eu la position d'été en 2015, mais ils m’ont demandé de postuler pour le même poste en 2016 après avoir été étudiant coopératif. S'il y a une chose que je peux vous dire au sujet de s'impliquer au musée, surtout à un jeune âge; c'est une expérience enrichissante et aide à vous préparer pour le monde de travail.

Le musée a été mon premier entretien d’embauche et mon premier emploi. Sur mon CV, les employeurs prennent beaucoup d’intérêt de mon expérience au musée comparé à mes autres expériences.

Si vous souhaitez commencer votre aventure en tant que bénévole avec le Musée de Welland, contactez-nous au (905) -732-2215 ou venez nous rendre visite. Le musée est ouvert de mardi au samedi de 10h à 16h.

Vous pouvez aussi remplir la demande pour devenir bénévole en-ligne : https://www.wellandmuseum.ca/volunteer-application/

Si vous êtes intéressé à faire un stage avec le musée, veuillez contacter la personne responsable de votre programme coopératif à votre école pour commencer le processus.

Nous avons hâte de vous voir!

 

-Alacia Michaud

(Blogueuse du Musée de Welland)

 

 


Simply Capitol

This exhibit is temporarily closed until May 13th. 

Simply Capitol

The Capitol Theatre was designed by Welland architect Norman Kearns and built for business man Samuel Lambert. Seating 1200 people, it was the largest theatre in the Niagara Peninsula. In its early days it was a vaudeville house as well as a movie theatre, showcasing silent movies and later a format to provide entertainment and news to the people of Welland during the war. Famous Players renovated the theatre in 1955 and the Capitol closed forever in 1969. The building was demolished in 1978.
This exhibit brings the Capitol back to life with an intimate reconstruction of the movie palace, complete with box office and movies!


Christmas Open House Report!

I’ve always loved Christmas events! So when I heard about the Welland Museum’s Annual Christmas Open House, I was excited. The Open House took place from 10am-4pm on Saturday, December 3rd. It featured many interesting activities; Cookie Decorating with Sweet Tooth Cookies, Christmas Arrangements with Vermeer’s Garden Center and Flower Shop, and an Edwardian Christmas Presentation with Carol Berlove, which had a certain “Downton Abbey” feel to it, if you ask me.

In addition to all of the great workshops we had, we also had our Hourly Poinsettia Draw; every hour for six hours we would raffle off a beautiful poinsettia bouquet courtesy of Vermeer’s. Congratulations once again to all of the draw winners!

Santa was here from 11am-1pm to say hi to the kids and take pictures! Pictures were 5$ for three digital copies that were sent by email. The bundle included one original and untouched photo, and two with Christmas themed frames.

Live music could be heard throughout the museum coming from our Carnegie Gallery; one of our Grand Piano Artefacts from our Comforts of Home exhibit was played by the talented Bonnie Fokkens.

We also had the grand opening of our new and improved gift shop!  Many items were sold as Christmas presents. The Niagara Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild have also added their items to our gift shop! If you’re interested in getting hand woven items for the winter season such as shalls and neck warmers, make sure to stop by the museum. The Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

We also had light refreshments at our entrance! This included hot apple cider, chocolate mint thins, candy canes, and homemade cookies donated by Indulgence Bakery. We would like to sincerely thank Indulgence Bakery for their generous gift for our Open House.

Indulgence Bakery is can be found at 11 Highway 20 West, Fonthill. Their phone number is 905-892-9466. You can follow them on Facebook @ Indulgence Bakery Fonthill or visit their website at www.indulgencepastries.com

This year’s Annual Christmas Open House was lovely and we hope to see more of you next year!

Merry Christmas!

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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J'ai toujours aimé les événements de Noël. Donc, quand j'ai entendu parler de la porte ouverte de Noël au Musée de Welland, j'avais hâte. La journée porte ouverte a eu lieu de 10 h à 16 h le samedi 3 décembre. Il a présenté beaucoup d'activités intéressantes;  la décoration de biscuits avec Sweet Tooth Cookies, des arrangements de Noël avec le centre de jardin Vermeer's et une présentation de Noël de la période de 1901-1910 avec Carol Berlove, qui, selon moi, avait l'air <<Downton Abbey>>.

En plus de tous les grands ateliers, nous avons également eu un tirage à chaque heure pour des fleurs Poinsettias de Vermeer’s. Félicitations encore une fois à tous les gagnants!

Le Père Noël était ici de 11h à 13h pour parler avec les enfants et prendre des photos! Les photos étaient 5 $ pour trois copies numériques qui ont été envoyées par courriel. Le paquet comprenait une photo originale et deux avec des cadres de Noël.

On pouvait entendre de la musique dans tout le musée. La musique venant de notre Carnegie Gallery; L'un de nos artefacts, un piano à queue, a été joué par la talentueuse Bonnie Fokkens.

Nous avons également eu la grande ouverture de notre nouvelle boutique de cadeaux! Beaucoup d'objets ont été vendus comme cadeaux de Noël. The Niagara Hand Weavers et Spinners Guild ont également ajouté leurs produits à notre boutique de cadeaux! Si vous êtes intéressé à obtenir des objets tissés à la main pour la saison hivernale, assurez-vous de visiter le musée. La boutique de cadeaux est ouverte du mardi au samedi de 10h à 16h.

À notre entrée, il y avait une table avec des collations! Ceci incluait le cidre de pomme chaud, des cannes de Noël et des biscuits donnés par Indulgence Bakery. Nous tenons à remercier sincèrement Indulgence Bakery pour leur généreux cadeau pour notre événement de porte ouverte

Indulgence Bakery se trouve à 11 Highway 20 West, Fonthill. Leur numéro de téléphone est 905-892-9466. Vous pouvez les suivre sur Facebook @ Indulgence Bakery Fonthill ou visiter leur site Web à www.indulgencepastries.com

Cette année, la porte ouverte de Noël a été formidable et nous espérons voir plus d'entre vous l'année prochaine!

Joyeux Noël!

-Alacia Michaud (Blogueuse du Musée de Welland).

 

 


New Gift Shop!

That’s right! The Welland Museum’s gift shop has been revamped! We have new items to choose from, many of them unique; you won’t come by these things very easily elsewhere! The staff and the board members at the museum have been working hard to make this happen, especially Lise Giroux, the current Bilingual Visitor Services Officer.

Our spectacular items are perfect for the holiday season as gifts, or any other time of the year! However, we also have holiday themed items if you are looking to do some decorating! For example: Christmas themed napkins, unique Christmas card bundles, beautiful LED tree decorations, bedazzled t-lite holders, fun and sophisticated travel mugs, bags, and magnets. Though, what I am most excited to announce is our old fashioned candy shop portion of our gift shop! We have an entire counter dedicated to candy such as Airheads, Old-style taffy, Harry Potter treats, pop rocks, and much more!

We assure you that everything is reasonably priced. Come on in and take a look. Merry Christmas!

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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La boutique de cadeaux du Musée de Welland a été modifiée! Nous avons un nouvel inventaire pas mal unique; vous ne trouverez pas d'objets comme celle au musée très facilement ailleurs. Le personnel et les membres du conseil d'administration du musée ont travaillé fort pour modifier la boutique de cadeau, en particulier Lise Giroux, l'agente bilingue des services aux visiteurs.

Nos objets spectaculaires sont parfaits comme cadeaux durant le temps des fêtes, ou n'importe quel autre moment de l'année. Cependant, nous avons également des objets à thème de Noël! Par exemple, on a des serviettes à thème de Noël, paquets de cartes de Noël, de belles décorations d'arbres, des tasses de voyages amusants et sophistiquées, des sacs et aimants. Par contre, ce que je suis le plus excité à annoncer est notre section de bonbons. Nous avons un comptoir entier dédié aux bonbons tels qu'Airheads, Taffy, des bonbons à thème Harry Potter, Pop Rocks et bien plus encore!

Nous vous assurons que tout est à un prix raisonnable. Venez nous rendre visite! Joyeux Noël!

-Alacia Michaud (Blogueuse du Musée de Welland).


Recently Acquired Items!

Here at the Welland Museum, we get quite a lot of donations. These donations can vary from jewelry to items belonging to a soldier. Previously, we had a series called “Alacia’s Weekly Favourite Artefacts”. I would choose an artefact in our collection with the help of the acting archivist, Katelynn Best. She would help me set the item up for display in the display case near our gift shop and then I would write about the item and why I chose it.

Katelynn came up with the idea to use the display case for recently acquired items! Recently acquired items refer to new artefacts that were recently accepted by the museum’s Accession Committee. The Accession Committee makes decisions on recent donations and helps make the donor process more efficient and ensures items fit the museums mandate.

That being said, if you want the latest scoop on new artefacts coming into the museum, look no further than my upcoming blog posts! Also, a good idea would be to come in and take a look for yourself!

McDonald’s Pizza Bag!

Today, I wanted to talk to you about new and particular artefact that are being displayed here at the museum; a McDonald’s franchise lunch bag. It sounds silly, but it’s actually quite interesting.

The Lunch bag is small and red with a Velcro closure and on the bag it says “Holds one McDonald’s Personal Size Pizza”. This may bring back memories to some readers from generations when McDonald’s had sold pizza, and this may come as a surprise or bizarre to people of my generation. McDonald’s first launched its “McPizza” product in the late 1980’s. It came in two sizes: family sized and personal size. Considering I was born in 1998 and was having McDonald’s from a young age, it can be assumed that the product was discontinued in most restaurants in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. However, some locations in the United States still sell the product.

Opinions on the McPizza vary from person to person. Some absolutely loved it as a child while others argued it had an unusual taste for a pizza.

Why was a McDonald’s pizza bag accepted into the Welland Museum’s collection? Because the bag itself is pertinent to Welland. According to this lunch bag, the multi-billion dollar franchise sponsored the Welland Pirates, a local minor league baseball team that was associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates before it was relocated to Pennsylvania and renamed.

By the size of the bag, the personal sized pizzas seem as though they were intended for children.

Considering the nature of this blog post, I would like to remind readers that the Welland Museum accepts donations by appointment only! Impromptu donation drop offs hinder the efficiency of our donation process and make it more likely to have missing or wrong information on the artefact or document that you are donating! If you are interested in donating items, please call the museum at 905-732-2215 to book and appointment with our archivist and registrar.

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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Ici au Musée de Welland, nous recevons beaucoup de dons. Ces dons peuvent varier de bijoux à des articles appartenant à un soldat. Auparavant, le musée avait une série intitulée «Alacia's Weekly Favorite Artefacts». Essentiellement, j’avais choisi un artefact dans notre collection avec l'aide de l'archiviste intérimaire, Katelynn Best. Elle m'aidait à afficher l’artefact dans la vitrine près de notre boutique de cadeaux et puis j’écrivais à propos de l’artefact et pourquoi je l'ai choisi.

Katelynn a eu l'idée d'utiliser une vitrine pour les artefacts récemment acquises! « Les artefacts récemment acquises » signifient les nouveaux artefacts récemment acceptés par le comité d'adhésion du musée. Le comité d'adhésion fait des décisions sur des dons récents et contribue à rendre le processus des dons plus efficace et veille à ce que les artefacts correspondent au mandat du musée.

Cela étant dit, si vous voulez un aperçu de nouveaux artefacts dans notre collection, mes blogues peuvent vous donner cela! De plus, une bonne idée serait de rendre visite au musée.

Sac à lunch pour McDonald’s Pizza!

Aujourd'hui, je voulais vous parler d'un nouvel artefact qui est exposé ici au musée; Un sac à lunch de McDonald's, particulièrement pour la pizza. Cela peut paraître bizarre, mais il est en fait assez intéressant.

Le sac à lunch est petit et rouge avec une fermeture velcro et il dit « tient un McDonald's Pizza de taille personnelle». Cela peut rapporter des souvenirs à certains lecteurs d'un temps quand McDonald's avait vendu de la pizza et cela peut venir comme une surprise ou bizarre pour les gens de ma génération. McDonald's a d'abord lancé son produit «McPizza» à la fin des années 1980. Il avait deux tailles: taille de famille et taille personnelle. Étant donné que je suis né en 1998 et je consommais les produits McDonald's depuis un jeune âge, on peut supposer que le produit a été abandonné dans la plupart des restaurants à la fin des années 90 et au début des années 2000. Cependant, certains endroits aux États-Unis vendent toujours le produit.

Les avis sur le McPizza varient d'une personne à l'autre. Certains ont absolument adorés le produit comme un enfant tandis que d'autres soutiennent qu'il avait un goût inhabituel pour une pizza.

Pourquoi un sac de pizza McDonald's a-t-il été accepté dans la collection du Musée de Welland? Parce que le sac lui-même est pertinent à Welland. La franchise de plusieurs milliards de dollars a parrainé les Welland Pirates, une équipe locale de baseball de ligue mineure qui a été associée aux Pirates de Pittsburgh avant qu'elle ne soit déplacée à la Pennsylvanie et renommé.

Par la taille du sac, on dirait que les pizzas de la taille personnelle étaient destinées aux enfants.

Compte tenu de la nature de ce blog, je voudrais rappeler aux lecteurs que le Musée de Welland accepte les dons par rendez-vous seulement! Les dons impromptus entravent l'efficacité de notre processus de don et rendent plus susceptibles d'avoir des informations manquantes ou erronées sur l'artefact ou le document que vous nous donnez! Si vous êtes intéressé à faire des dons, veuillez appeler le musée au 905-732-2215 pour réserver un rendez-vous avec notre archiviste et notre registraire.

-Alacia Michaud (Blogueuse du Musée de Welland).


Why Museums are Moving Away from a Solely Heritage Focus.

Recently, I was discussing an interesting topic with fellow museum employees. We were talking about our recent events and a new exhibit arriving in the New Year. During this conversation, something was brought up and I couldn’t help but share it with all of you. Museums have always had a large focus on heritage more than anything else. Why shouldn’t they? Heritage is a large part of history and museums want to represent their community and nation throughout history. The issue is that we have been focusing on that and nothing but that for a bit too long now. There are other aspects in history that museums can focus on, such as culture and how it has evolved throughout history. That is what many museums have decided to go for now; the history of culture, per see. For example, the Welland Museum’s recent First Fridays event is something more culturally inclined. The museum is also looking at adding more artwork from local artists to its collection. That being said, this transition can explain why the museum is trying to go by a new title. Instead of the “Welland Historical Museum”, we simply call it the “Welland Museum” as seen in our new logo.

That however, doesn’t explain why museums are making this transition. The answer can vary from institution to institution, but mostly it has to do with wanting to shake things up a bit to make museums interesting to a larger audience. I can say for a fact that many teenagers are more interested in history projects revolving around culture and their analysis of the culture than history projects revolving around factual information on a specific event. For example, many students would rather do a project on First Nation communities and do a critical analysis of how historical events helped shape their culture and point of views than do a project solely based on factual and objective information surrounding the historical events that the First Nation communities participated in.

Considering that museums want to add more culture in their exhibits and programs, that doesn’t mean that they are going to disregard heritage. A mixture of culture and heritage in museums would be rather nice, in my opinion. Even a bit of art maybe, which is exactly what the Welland Museum is aiming for! Now, I have an interesting question for you all. If you had a say in what could go in museums, what would you chose? Come on in and let us hear your opinion!

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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Museums: The Perfect Resources for Students!

Before I started working with the Welland Museum, I actually contacted the staff here for one of my high school research projects on curatorial studies and archaeology. I had thought “Why not speak to someone directly, someone in the area to make it more relevant to me!” It sure sounded better than going to look up quotes online from people I hadn’t directly spoken to.

I ended up being in contact with Penny, the museum’s manager and curator. We set up a phone interview and I asked her all of the questions that I had written down that she could answer for my project. It turned out wonderfully! I was able to add an entire section to my presentation based on the interview I had and my professor was impressed that I had decided to contact someone and speak to them myself instead of sticking to internet sources.

My point to all of this is that if I hadn’t decided to contact the museum, my project wouldn’t have went by so smoothly. Museums are great resources to students from all levels of education; elementary school students who are learning about the war of 1812, high school students in their history classes on the world wars, high school students doing independent projects related to history, the community, or the social sciences, and of course post-secondary students in their select programs.

The staff at not only the Welland Museum, but at just about all museums would be more than happy to answer questions from students and assist them where they can! After all, museums are meant to be used for not only entertainment, but for education as well.

There are a variety of ways in which you can utilize a museum for your schooling! For example, you can contact one of the staff members by email or even call in and request to speak to them. You can also come and visit the museum to see if any of our exhibits could be helpful. We also have education programs that people can sign up for and a gift shop where historical books can be purchased. Lastly, we have the archives, where people can ask for research requests and for prints of what they may want to use for their schooling!

Don’t be afraid students! The museum is here for educational purposes!

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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Avant de commencer à travailler avec le Musée de Welland, j'ai contacté le personnel ici pour un de mes projets de recherche sur la muséologie et l'archéologie. Je pensais, "Pourquoi ne pas parler à quelqu'un directement, quelqu'un dans la région, pour que mon projet soit plus pertinente!’’ Il semblait mieux que d'aller rechercher des citations en ligne.

J’ai fini par être en contact avec Penny, directrice et conservatrice du musée. Nous avons décidé d’avoir une entrevue téléphonique. J’ai posé toutes les questions que j'avais écrites qu'elle pouvait répondre pour mon projet. Le résultat était merveilleux! J’étais en mesure d'ajouter une section entière à ma présentation basée sur l'entrevue. Mon professeur était impressionné que j'avais décidé de contacter quelqu'un au lieu d’utiliser simplement des sources Internet.

Mon point de tout cela est que si je n'avais pas décidé de contacter le musée, j’aurais eu beaucoup de difficultés. Les musées sont de très bons ressources aux étudiants de tous les niveaux; les élèves des écoles élémentaires qui font de l’apprentissage sur la guerre de 1812, les élèves du secondaire dans leurs cours d'histoire sur les guerres mondiales, les élèves des écoles secondaires qui font des projets indépendants liés à l'histoire et bien sûr les étudiants post-secondaires dans leurs programmes.

Le personnel non seulement au Musée de Welland, mais presque tous les musées seraient très heureux  de répondre aux questions des étudiants! Après tout, les musées sont destinés à être utilisés pas seulement pour le divertissement, mais pour l'éducation aussi!

Il existe une variété de façons dont vous pouvez utiliser un musée pour vos études! Par exemple, vous pouvez contacter des membres du personnel. Vous pouvez également venir visiter le musée pour voir si l'un de nos expositions pourrait être utile. Nous avons aussi des programmes d'éducation que les gens peuvent s’enregistrer et une boutique de souvenirs où des livres historiques peuvent être achetés. Enfin, nous avons les archives, où les gens peuvent demander pour faire de recherche et pour des copies des documents historiques.

N’avoir pas peur! Le musée est ici à des fins éducatives!

-Alacia Michaud (Blogueuse du Musée de Welland).

 


5 Interesting Facts About the Museum!

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Fact #1: The Welland Museum has been around since 1977.

Some people do not realize just how long Welland has had a museum! The museum has been a reality since 1977. It originated on September 9th, 1977. That means that the museum has been showcasing Welland and Pelham’s history for nearly 40 years! Originally, the museum was located on South Pelham Street in the Solomon Moore House before it moved to the Queen Street School on Hooker Street across the canal from where the museum currently is, which is 140 King St.

Fact#2: The Welland Museum’s current building was once home of the Welland Public Library.

As mentioned in the above fact, the museum is currently located on 140 King St, which happens to be the old location of the Welland Public Library. The building still has “Welland Library” engraved on its exterior. To this day, the museum still gets visitors who come in thinking that they are at the library and we have to redirect them to the library’s newer location, 50 The Boardwalk, near the courthouse. It has been over a decade now that the Welland Public Library moved locations and the museum began occupying its old building. This happened in 2005, making it eleven years!

Fact #3: The Welland Museum has had a team of supernatural specialists investigate the building.

This fact is especially interesting if you are a believer in paranormal activity. From regional supernatural specialists to paranormal societies and specialists from the states, the Welland Museum is known for paranormal investigations. In fact, most old heritage homes or museums are known to have strange occurrences that can be considered paranormal. These “paranormal” occurrences can be attached to many different possibilities. One possibility is that the artefacts in which the museum displays or has in storage is something that someone was attached to. For example, a soldier uniform could be something that the soldier does not want to let go of, therefore it stays within the museum. However, we can never be certain of the exact reasons!

Fact#4: The Welland Museum’s Gift Shop exclusively sells the famous “All Welland Good” t-shirts!

You may have seen locals around the area wearing colorful t-shirts that say “It’s all Welland Good”. Where are people getting these shirts? The one and only location to buy them is here at the museum! Our gift shop has a variety of colours, ranging from black to purple and orange. We also have plus sizes going up to XXL.

Fact#5: The Welland Museum has some reptilian friends! One turtle, a snake, and a gecko!

That’s right! In our kids gallery known as “Live, Learn, Explore!” we have some reptiles that you can visit! All of them are in enclosed tanks. We have a Red Eared Slider Turtle known as Abbie, a Corn Snake known as Cherry Coke, and a Leopard Gecko known as Tarzan. Our reptilian friends are courtesy of The Reptile Kingdom, a Store/Zoo located in Fonthill, 1874 Hwy 20 East. They are open Friday and Saturday from 11am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. For more information visit www.reptilekingdom.net.

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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Fait #1: le Musée de Welland existe depuis 1977.

Plusieurs personnes ne réalisent pas que ça fait plusieurs années que Welland a un musée! Le musée existe depuis 1977. Il a ouvert ses portes le 9 septembre 1977. Ce qui signifie que le musée présente l’histoire de Welland et Pelham depuis près de 40 ans! Originalement, le musée était situé sur South Pelham Street dans la maison Solomon Moore avant qu’il a déménagé à Queen Street School sur la rue Hooker. Maintenant, le musée se situe sur la rue King (140 King).

Fait #2 : le bâtiment actuel du Musée de Welland était une fois la Bibliothèque Publique de Welland.

Tel que mentionné dans le fait ci-dessus, le musée se situe sur 140 rue King, qui se trouve être l'ancien emplacement de la Bibliothèque Publique de Welland. Le bâtiment a encore «Welland Library» gravé sur son extérieur. À ce jour, le musée reçoit toujours des visiteurs qui croient qu'ils sont à la bibliothèque et nous devons les diriger vers son emplacement actuel à 50 The Boardwalk proche du palais de justice. Il fait plus d'une décennie maintenant que la Bibliothèque Publique de Welland a déménagé et le musée a commencé à occuper son ancien bâtiment. Cela est arrivé en 2005, onze ans passés!

Fait #3: des équipes de spécialistes surnaturels ont visités le Musée de Welland pour faire des enquêtes.

Ce fait est particulièrement intéressant si vous croyez des phénomènes paranormaux. Des spécialistes surnaturels régionaux, des sociétés paranormales et des spécialistes des États-Unis; le Musée de Welland est connu pour des enquêtes paranormales. En fait, la plupart des vieilles maisons patrimoniales et les musées sont connus pour avoir des événements étranges qui peuvent être considérés comme paranormaux. Ces occurrences peuvent être attachées à nombreuses possibilités différentes. Une possibilité est que les artefacts sont des choses qui sont importantes ou qui signifient quelque chose pour des personnes qui sont mortes. Par exemple, un uniforme de soldat pourrait être quelque chose que le soldat ne veut pas se débarrasser, donc il reste au musée. Cependant, nous ne pouvons jamais être certaines des raisons exactes!

Fait #4 : la boutique du Musée de Welland vend exclusivement les fameux chandails "All Welland Good".

C’est possible que vous aviez déjà vues des personnes autour de la région portant des chandails qui disent «It’s All Welland Good”. Où est-ce que tu pourrais trouver ces chandails? La seule et unique place pour les acheter est ici au musée! On a une variété de couleurs, allant du noir au violet et orange. Nous avons aussi plusieurs tailles qui vont jusqu’à XXL.

Fait #5 : le Musée de Welland a quelques amis reptiles! Une tortue, un serpent et un gecko!

C'est vrai! Dans notre galerie pour enfants appelé «Vivre, Apprendre, Explorer!" Nous avons quelques reptiles que vous pouvez visiter! Tous sont dans des réservoirs fermés. Nous avons une tortue connu comme Abbie, un serpent de maïs appelé Cherry Coke et un Gecko Léopard connu comme Tarzan. Nos amis reptiles viennent de Reptile Kingdom, un magasin / Zoo situé à Fonthill 1874 Hwy 20 East. Ils sont ouverts vendredi et samedi de 11 heures-17 heures et le dimanche de 10 heures-16 heures. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez www.reptilekingdom.net.

-Alacia Michaud (Blogueuse du Musée de Welland).

 

 


Museums and Education.

If I have to be honest, I think museums are not being used to their full potential, at least not anymore. Having been a student since I could remember and only recently having graduated high school, I know that schools aren’t looking at museums as much for education purposes. Not because people don’t think museums are useful, they truly are. But it’s because many people do not think of museums as resources for information and learning. For example, I took history classes in high school. Classes that focused specifically on the 20th century and the World Wars, to classes that focused on ancient civilizations such as Egypt and Mesopotamia. However, not once did anyone in the class or the professors think to turn to the local museum for visual resources on what we were learning, it just never came to mind.

But after having worked at the Welland Museum for quite some time now, I wish I would have had the opportunity to visit the museum with my 10th grade history class when we were studying the great wars. It would have really brought life to our studies and could have even inspired new assignments and projects for the students.

I would have loved to go on a class visit to the museum because an artefact could have easily inspired me for an essay topic and instead of always referring to online resources, I would be learning and doing research at the museum for the essay I was writing. Not only does this get students away from depending on technology and internet resources for more reliant ones, but it also helps students develop critical research skills that will need to be applied in their post-secondary education. In university and college, you may be required to visit the library and look in real books and archives to find your information, especially when you get into your upper years.

Recently, the museum had an open house for teachers and educators. It provided them with information on what the museum could offer them in their classrooms and on-site. The Welland Museum has many educational programs ranging from education packages for teachers with activities, to having a speaker from the museum come to the classroom. The museum even has programs ranging from information on the world wars to exploring behind the scenes and gallery tours of current exhibits. I think students and teachers would truly love what we have to offer them!

For more information on our education programs, please call us at 905-732-2215 or stop by for a visit. We are located at 140 King St, Welland.

-Alacia Michaud (Welland Museum Blogger).

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Exciting News!

Let’s talk about the rest of the year, shall we? With autumn rolling in, school starting for people of all ages, and the holiday season only months away once again, what activities could people do for fun? Eventually going to beaches won’t be an option and taking a few summer vacation weeks may no longer be viable for you. Before the big rush season of the year starts, what could you do for fun? You may be bored of the same routine. You don’t have to be! I’m so excited to share some great news with you.

If you are reading this, then you have probably been to the Welland Museum or at least heard of it. Behind the scenes in the Welland Museum, we have many dedicated and passionate people from various backgrounds and walks of life who want to see more happen and want the museum to be more involved in the community. In fact, in museums all over the region and all over the world, there are dedicated and passionate people working behind the scenes to make museums better! At the Welland Museum, these people include volunteers, staff members, and the Board of Management.

Recently, through the efforts of these hard workers, the Welland Museum has planned a few new and exciting events coming up that are targeted towards an age demographic that can often be overlooked when it comes to institutions such as museums; adults, people aged 19+. Many museums have programs and events that are aimed towards children or teenagers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but why not try something else? Something for the grown-ups?

Look no further! I’d like to introduce you to our PaintNite+ Beers&Beards and First Fridays events!

Let’s talk about PaintNite+Beers&Beards for a bit. What is PaintNite+Beers&Beards? It’s an awesome fundraising event that will take place at the Welland Museum (140 King Street, Welland) on Friday, November 18th at 7:00 PM. Guests have two options once they arrive at the museum: Spend the evening painting and making a masterpiece while enjoying some food and drinks, or spend the evening “Movember” style by taste testing beers and shopping around for some beard grooming products with proceeds going Movember and the Welland Museum Fundraising Campaign to make the museum and it’s programs/exhibits more accessible and interactive by integrating Ipads, for example! Tickets are 45$ per event (PaintNite or Beers+Beards). If you would like to purchase tickets or learn more, please go to: https://www.paintnite.com/events/1116523.html https://ca.movember.com/events/view/id/J8dL

Now, what about this “First Fridays” you heard me mention earlier? First Fridays is a program offered through MONA (Museums of Niagara Association). The museums in the Niagara Region each get a themed event where food, live music, and activities will be held! This helps break the stigma that museum are “boring”. Consider it culture after hours! The Welland Museum’s First FrIdays event will take place on October 7th, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the theme of the event being “Night of the Dead” a twist on the traditional latin holiday “Day of the Dead”. There will be a food and cash bar by the delicious Smokin’ Buddha with Latin Dance demonstrations, music, and great partnerships with BLX Studio and The Art Space to integrate some creativity and art! Tickets are 10$ in advance or 12$ at the door and will take place at the museum. There are other First Friday events taking place after “Night of the Dead”. To find out more, go to www.firstfridaysniagara.ca

More information on these events will be posted throughout the next few months, so be sure to stay updated on any important news from the museum by following our social media or joining our emailing list.

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-Alacia Michaud
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