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Patron News | October 2013 | Add to your address book | JOIN YPC

Young Patrons Circle (YPC) supports the ROM’s overall mission to build community by nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder. Through unique educational, social and cultural initiatives, YPC enhances the ROM experience while providing a philanthropic opportunity to those 45 and younger.

You're receiving this copy of the YPC Newsletter because you expressed interest in hearing about the Young Patrons Circle program. Call or email us at 416.586.8003 or for details on upcoming events and other benefits of membership.


Dear YPC Patrons,

There’s no time quite like fall at the ROM. I’m excited about our exclusive YPC offerings and hope many of you will take advantage of all your membership has to offer.

Friday Night Live (FNL) returns on October 18th and YPC Patrons are guaranteed entrance for themselves and their guests without tickets before 8:00 pm. In addition, early-comers will have first access to the new NOW Magazine Lounge (for details check out the Let’s ROM section of the newsletter). Also, don’t forget to save the date for our FNL VIP event on Friday, November 22, 2013.

This year all participants in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will receive a medal featuring the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. This will be a great memento, especially for everyone walking or running in support of the ROM. If you’re still interested in joining the YPC RUN for the ROM team, please contact Katie McMullen at

STWM medal, 2013

On behalf of the YPC Executive, best of luck to Claude Tambu and the YPC team as they lace up in support of the Museum on October 20th.

Anna-Maria Kaneff
YPC Chair

Anna-Maria Kaneff

Casey Antolak
Nancy Bertrand
Rosario Cartagena
Francisco de la Barrera
Koel Loyer
Mike Mallinos
Lindsay Maskell
Elisabeth Patrick
Claude Tambu


Charina Amunategui
Kareem Bonner
Chris Charron
Hillary Connolly
Diane Donczyk
Gabriel Granatstein
Chris Issariotis
Fiona Lim Tung
Michael Lockhart
Milan Panic
Kelsey Paterson
King Siu
Katelyn Veldman
Peter Zhou

Upcoming YPC Events    

Jessica Phillips and Bill Jamieson
Jessica Phillips and the late Bill Jamieson


The Thrill of the Find:
Exploring the Bill Jamieson Collection
Monday, October 7, 2013

A unique collector and storyteller, the late Bill Jamieson and his fiancée Jessica Phillips welcomed YPC Patrons into their home several times to view Bill’s vast collection of predominantly tribal art and artifacts.

On behalf of Jessica Phillips, we are pleased to invite YPC Patrons to view a portion of this collection in a salon-style evening where the discussion may cover topics such as: why do people collect, how do they decide what to collect, where do they buy, how do they price objects, why do we need collectors and how do collectors decide what to donate to a museum like the ROM?

Spaces for this event have been awarded. For questions please contact Jessica Hall-Cummings at


RUN for the ROM

RUN for the ROM
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Join ROM curators, staff, and friends on October 20, 2013 for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge!

Run or walk with us in the 5 km, half marathon or full marathon and raise funds for the ROM’s highest priorities. You can also pledge your support for one of our participants or make a donation directly to the YPC Team.

Special thanks to all those who joined us last year for the inaugural RUN for the ROM, which raised $26,000!

For more information on how to register, make a donation or support a ROM runner, please contact Katie McMullen at 416.586.5772 or


Overhead view of Art Toronto

Art Toronto Logo

YPC Tour of Art Toronto
Saturday, October 26, 2013

YPC Patrons are invited to an exclusive docent-led tour of Art Toronto. Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair. It provides unique access to the Canadian art market, with more than 120 galleries, cultural organizations and top art publications represented. 

For details email Jessica Hall-Cummings at


Fashion Saturday graphic

Toronto Fashio Week Logo


Backstage Access to Fashion Saturday
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fashion Saturday presented by BMO at World MasterCard® Fashion Week is the newest fashion-forward offering from IMG Canada’s fashion portfolio. The event will include a curated “Spring 2014 Highlights Fashion Show” in the runway VENUE and a Designer Pop-Up Market. Guests will also have access to hair and makeup installations and trials, and VIP-style food and drink offerings.

With the purchase of $75 package (7:00 pm session only), YPC Patrons will receive an additional backstage tour and gift bag.

For details email Jessica Hall-Cummings at


Friday Night Live: Fall 2013


Save the Date
FNL VIP in c5
Friday, November 22, 2013

Meet up with fellow Patrons and their guests at a VIP cocktail reception, featuring a private bar and ROM Bucks sales station, before joining the crowds at the Get Wild edition of Friday Night Live!

Invitation coming soon.

Recent YPC Events    

Patron cleaning piece of marble

Many thanks to our beverage sponsor for YPC Out of the Vaults with ROM Conservation

Metropolitan Wines & Spirits

Patrons at this event enjoyed Indigo Wind Sparkling Junmai Sake, Domaine de Rimauresq Petit R Cote de Provence Rose and Vistalba Corte C Malbec. To order any of these products contact Vivian Hatherell at

Thanks for joining us.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2013 we welcomed almost 100 Patrons and guests into the ROM for drinks, delicious snacks and a series of special presentations made by ROM Senior Conservators Heidi Sobol, Laura Lipcsei, Susan Stock and Janet Cowan.

Four corners of Bronfman Hall were transformed into satellite labs as the conservators demonstrated techniques for cleaning, repairing and examining minute details, not seen by the naked eye, on some of the ROM’s prized objects.

If you're interested in learning more about how to apply the Conseravtion department's techniques to your own collections, check out the the Preserving Your Collection workshop on October 26th.

You can find more YPC event photos on our YPC Facebook page.

Heidi Sobol demonstrating a thread by thread canvas repair Conservator Susan Stock looking at metal corrosion
Patrons enjoying the reception at Out of the Vaults with ROM Conservation

Patrons enjoying the reception at Out of the Vaults with ROM Conservation

YPC Patron Update    

The YPC would like to welcome and thank the following new Patrons for their support:

Yves Guillaume Atangana Messy - Voyager Level - $600
Andrea Berenbaum - Voyager Level - $600
Alex Dault - Explorer Level - $600
Jeanette McPherson & Mischa McPherson-Brown - Explorer Level - $1,000
Beverley Rebello - Voyager Level - $600
Samantha Sykes - Voyager Level - $600

Introducing ScopifyROM

ScopifyROM illuminating the cat mummy

ScopifyROM is the world’s first smartphone app which lets you interact with Museum objects in new ways and discover the larger stories behind them: How did the cat mummy die? Why was the dodo such an easy target?

Download the app or visit the ROM's website for more information.

Let's ROM    

ROM Friday Night Live Returns!
October 18-December 6, 2013

We’ve got eats, beats, and bigger, bolder experiences. Drink, dance, explore.

This season, YPC Patrons and ROM Members have special early-access privileges to FNL!

Patrons and their guests are guaranteed entry without tickets before 8:00 pm. After that time, tickets are required and can be booked online in advance. Tickets will be sold at the door while quantities remain.

Guests must accompany Patrons for entry.

International Archaeology Day
at the ROM

October 19, 2013

On October 19, 2013, institutions all over the world will be hosting events to celebrate the Archaeological Institute of America’s International Archaeology Day.

Experts from the ROM and other organizations will share how archaeologists excavate, the kinds of artifacts they discover and how they study them in the lab. Take this opportunity to play-test brand new video games created at the ROM that will bring ancient worlds to life!

Symposium: Robbing The Cradle of Civilization: Preserving the Art and Archaeology of Mesopotamia
October 19-20, 2013

While the human toll is the greatest consequence of war, this symposium looks at the other casualties of conflict; the damage and looting of archaeological sites and museums. Join us for two days of talks focusing on issues of looting in Iraq, featuring a keynote conversation with Matthew Bogdanos and McGuire Gibson.

Speakers will include world experts, archaeologists, historians and professors.


Preserving Your Collection - Workshop
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1:00-3:00 pm

Take a peek behind the curatorial curtain with ROM conservation experts who will focus on art and artifacts commonly found in the Museum and in your own collections. Included with registration, you are invited to e-mail a photo or a question about your most treasured piece for some tailored advice from our conservation professionals!

ROM Out & About
Halloween Trivia Night
Wednesday October 30

Halloween has its origins in what Celtic festival? Ethnobotanist Wade Davis made a case for which unrelenting creatures? What is the study of ghosts called?

Questions range from easy to challenging with teams competing for bragging rights. You could achieve the status of student all the way up to curator! So grab a beer, join a team and prepare for a good time.



Late Triassic Araucarian Conifer
ROM staff inspect one of our newest acquisitions. L - R: Palaeontology technicians Brian Iwama and Peter Fenton as well as Contract Assistant Curator, Dr. Linda Tsuji

Large Triassic tree

Specimen covered in plastic

New Acquisition: 225-Million-Year Old Fossil Tree Trunk

In case you missed the photo on our Facebook wall, this summer the ROM acquired a
Late Triassic Araucarian Conifer, purchased with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust. What is that you ask? It’s a vertically-sectioned, polished fossil tree trunk standing nearly 2 metres in height and over one-half metre in diameter. It dates from the late Triassic—meaning it’s about 225 million years old!

The best-known examples of such logs are protected within the boundaries of Petrified Forest National Park. This beautiful specimen arrived on our loading dock in two massive crates and was legally collected from private lands on Milky Ranch in the Chinle Formation, Arizona.

New acquisitions such as this one are given an initial inspection, and are brought to the intake room where they are then given a thorough examination by our Conservation team. Next they may go to the freezer for two weeks to ensure any pests are eradicated. When the specimen won’t fit in the freezer, it is wrapped in plastic to isolate the crate materials and prevent anything live from escaping until staff can dispose of pests.

The ROM is planning to display the pair of polished halves in the Triassic section of the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. Check the ROM blog for updates on this story.




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