Behind the Scenes by Judy Toupin …

Collections Management

If you’ve been following our blogs over the season, you’ve heard about the huge task of Collections Management.  Logging thirty-five years’ worth of accession cards into the computer system is just a beginning.  Then we will need to reconcile our collections inventory with what is recorded. This means, literally, searching through the museum to find the object (not as simple as it sounds in some cases)! Once it is located, it is photographed so that we can make a condition report.  ALL of this information will eventually be entered into the Past Perfect system.  And voilà!

One day in the not too distant future, we will have an online, searchable archive.


If you have any pictures and/or documents you feel might be of historical interest to us, please Contact Us.  Now we are able to scan, using an LED scanner, the photograph or document directly into the archive.  You can keep your original photo while providing a piece of history for others to enjoy.

This type of information also becomes quite helpful for people doing family ancestry searches, people doing academic research and it becomes part of building our education programming.


One of our new exhibit areas is Community

We are adding technology to the Museum!

We will now have an interactive exhibit with pictures,  videos, live streaming and presentations.

You can help build the interactive/visual part of the Community exhibit!

We are looking for pictures and video of the two major events our community has experienced – the flooding of 2019 and this year’s crisis – COVID-19.

For COVID, pictures/videos of the nightly car parades that celebrated our front-line workers, graduation and birthday drive by celebrations. Check out the information that has already been compiled on this website for COVID-19.


Do you have a story you would like to share?

What would you like people to know about our Community?

We encourage you to read the Stories… that we have added to the website thus far.

October is Women’s History Month in Canada

We invite you to share stories that celebrate the women and girls from our past, and our present, who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact on Mattawa and area.


Before the season officially closes, wanted to let everyone know about a new feature we are adding to the website. A Suggestion Box!

This is a place for you to let us know what you would like to see at the Museum.

Who or what would you like to learn more about?

Watch for this to be added to the website!

We will also be updating our online Museum Gift Shop in time for some Holiday Shopping. Online order forms will be available.

  • We have a great selection of books.
  • T-shirts will be available with your choice of colour and imprint.
  • Face masks are also still available, but we have added the new style of facemask with ear loops (only available in black & white).

Again, I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for your support and encouragement through our Reset Season.  I know that COVID has taken its toll on each of us in different ways, but our Community continues to pull together to stay safe.  I am so proud to be a part of it.

 


Stay well, stay in touch and stay connected.