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#AskanArchivist

October 11, 2019
Lisa Lawlis

With my thoughts in digitization and updating our online database (and let’s face it, since it's October I am also thinking about apple pie recipes) I often forget to slow down and remind myself of how researchers interact with resources at the archives. 

A tweet from the Society of American Archivists on October 2nd, 2019 during #AskanArchivist day pulled me away from scanning a photograph album from 1872 to ponder the question of how researchers locate and engage with records online:

 

“The Diary of Young Girl” Comes to the Museum

September 24, 2019
Joanne Himmelman

Museums collect so that we tell the stories of our past and present. History can be warm and sunny, telling tales of family, love, community do-gooders, technological advances, medical breakthroughs, ancient places discovered underfoot. But from the happiest of histories - human misery and sadness are often underlying. 

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Rabbit Holes and Gold Mines

September 12, 2019
Kim Kerr

“What’s the oldest thing in your collection?” asks a student during every high school research trip to the archives. It’s the question that weighs on a lot of historically minded people when they step into our space. The answer may be different today than it will be tomorrow. Don’t be mad that if you ask this question, my answer will always ride along with the caveat, TODAY, we believe the oldest item to be…

The History We Wrote

September 12, 2019
Colleen York

Two of our museum staff recently had an article they co-authored featured in MAIGazine - the Newsletter of the AAO's Municipal Archives Interest Group. Amber Meyer Dunn and Lisa Lawlis - developed The History We Wrote program for students to link their own past to what they were learning in school.

You can find the article on page 14 here: 

MAIGazine: Issue 15 – August 2019

Signs of Fall

August 29, 2019
Amber Meyer

As the doors close on another summer, I look back and am grateful for another successful season at the Allan Macpherson House. August flew by, highlighted by Driftwood Theatre, Paper Making and an end of summer Ice Cream Social. Thank you to all of the guests, new faces and regulars, who made a trip to the Macpherson House a part of your summer story. Although afternoons at our beautiful historical home are over for the year, the new season of programming at the Museum is just about to kick off!  

Learning the Ropes

August 19, 2019
admin

Working at the museum this summer has been a wealth of experiences that have given me new perspectives, and a broader knowledge of collections work. It has both complimented and advanced what I have learned in my post-secondary, museum studies, education. The best thing I can say about this job as a collection assistant is that it is always interesting! I have loved getting to dig deep into an artifact’s history. Who made it? Who owned it? Why is it relevant to us in the County of Lennox and Addington today?

What's in that box?

August 16, 2019
Lisa Lawlis

What a summer it has been! One of my goals for this summer was to process and preserve archival records that were in need of some conservation attention. The first project that caught my eye was a large box of seventy-two daguerreotype, ambrotype and tintype photographs that were donated to the Archives in the early 1970’s. The small photographs range in date from the 1840 – 1870’s and require secure storage due to the original casing of each photograph. 

Summer Fun at the Museum

August 1, 2019
Amber Meyer

This summer has been filled with activities for those who love history, science, arts, music, whimsy, nature and those who love to learn! It is no wonder this summer is flying by, we have been a busy spot here at the Macpherson House & Museum. From theatre programs and live concerts with Juno award winning musicians to pottery making and fairy gardens, we have seen lots of excited faces through our doors. We also had a special afternoon tea for the residents of the JMPC, with Barry Lovegrove performing in the gardens.

Where do you find these people?

July 17, 2019
Kim Kerr

It’s been roughly eight weeks since I returned to the L&A County Museum and Archives after an extended maternity leave, and while I’m not a new face around here, thought it useful to highlight how I got here and what I do.

The Museum has gone to the birds!

July 4, 2019
Joanne Himmelman

I spend a great deal of my summer time at the family cottage near Rideau Ferry, outside Perth. It is a place that is in the bloodstream of my husband and now my children. So much so, that by March, I am often asked – “Mom when are we heading to the cottage?”... this is while they are still looking at snow on the ground. You can imagine once May hits that they are practically tucking and rolling their way out of the car when we pull into the cottage drive. We are lucky and we have fun all summer long.