February 19, 2020
Editor's Note

As you've no doubt noticed the look of the AMM Messenger has changed. We recently had to change our email provider and we are still working out the kinks.

Your comments and suggestions regarding the layout, colours, legibility, etc., would be greatly appreciated.
AMM Heritage Fund Receives Support

The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba government and Carolyn Sifton Foundation team up to provide long-term support.

The Winnipeg Foundation has committed to support Manitoba Heritage Trust Program’s funds for both the Association of Manitoba Museums (AMM) and the Association for Manitoba Archives (AMA). Each group’s fund will also benefit from Manitoba government and Carolyn Sifton Foundation’s stretch commitments.
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Database Update

Things are moving along regarding the development of the new digital collections management system.

Whirligig, the software developer, finished the first prototype in early February. The AMM and the five partner museums used the software for two weeks and provided comments as to whether or not it was user friendly, if it incorporated all of the necessary fields, etc..

This feedback has been collected and sent to Whirligig who will use the comments to produce the next prototype, which will be delivered in early March.
AMM Annual Report 2019-2020

The end of our fiscal year, March 31, is fast approaching making this a good time to submit information regarding your museum from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. We'd like to know about your events, visitorship, volunteer hours, projects completed, etc..

The goal of the Annual Report is to provide a concise written history of the highlights of the AMM and its members.

This report is circulated to all members and other interested parties, such as funding agencies and individuals, provincial and federal government offices, including Revenue Canada, and other provincial and national museum associations. About 300 copies are printed.

Please send your submissions to council(at)museumsmanitoba(dot)com

If you'd like a copy of last year's Annual Report, please contact the AMM office.
Manitoba's 150th

 " For a century and a half, Manitoba has been the home of hope - a place where people from all over the world have come - to build lives that were free in a place of peace, security and prosperity."
From the Throne Speech, November 19, 2019, Second Session of the 42nd Legislative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba

This year, 2020, is a very special one for Manitoba as it marks our province's 150 years in Confederation. How will you be celebrating this milestone? We'd love to hear what you've got planned so we can celebrate with you and share it on our website and social media.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our members who qualified to receive funds from the Manitoba 150 Committee!

They are:
  • Brandon General Museum & Archives, Brandon
  • Costume Museum of Canada, Winnipeg
  • Grants Old Mill Museum, Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Austin
  • McCreary Heritage Advisory Committee, McCreary
  • Musée St-Joseph Museum, St-Joseph
  • Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum, Winnipeg
  • Nellie's Homes of Manitou (Nellie McClung Heritage Site), Manitou
  • Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural & Education Centre, Winnipeg
  • Swan Valley Historical Society, Swan Valley
  • The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
  • The Sam Waller Museum, The Pas

Visit our Manitoba 150 page
Manitoba Day!

There may still be snow on the ground, but it's not too early to start looking to Manitoba Day, May 12, and planning a special exhibit, program or event to honour our province.

This year makes this day even more special as Manitoba is celebrating 150 years in Confederation.

We want to share your Manitoba Day events on our Facebook pages, website and in our e-newsletter, the AMM Messenger.

Everyone who tells us about their Manitoba Day event will be entered into a draw for a FREE full conference registration. This year the conference will be held in Winnipeg.
AMM Online Exhibit
A Museum Called Manitoba

When things were gearing up to celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial in 2017 the AMM decided to highlight Manitoba's part in the country's history by telling 150 stories through 150 artifacts from across the province.

Dance card (150 for 150 exhibit)

Many of our members contributed pictures and descriptions of a favourite artifact(s), which were then compiled into different categories to tell our province's story. The result is 150 for 150, an online exhibit on our website.

Like our history, this exhibit is a living thing and changes as more about the artifacts is learned or when new artifacts and photos are added or updated.

We invite you all to explore this collection and to contribute your own stories.
Canadian Museums Association Conference
The CMA 2020 National Conference — the must-attend museum conference in Canada — is coming up fast. Have you registered? Join them from April 14-17 in beautiful Montreal as they celebrate the strength of the Canadian museum community. Save $125 by signing up before the early bird deadline, February 28 .
Apply Now: CMA 2020 bursaries for students
In celebration of Cultural Resource Management Program’s (CRMP) new Professional Specialization Certificate in Visitor and Community Engagement at the University of Victoria, the CRMP has partnered with the CMA and the Montréal Museum of Fine Art to provide travel bursaries to museum studies students across Canada to attend the CMA conference 2020.
Five (5) bursaries are being offered to museum studies students of up to $1000 each to support the cost of travel, accommodation, registration and other expenses related to participation in conference.
For an application form, please visit the website .
Completed applications should be returned by 5 pm EST on February 14 to: [email protected] .
YCW Deadline

There are only two weeks until the deadline for YCW at Building Careers in Heritage (Graduate Internships).

Are you looking to hire a recent grad and provide a career-launching experience in Canadian heritage? Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage is accepting applications for the 2020-21 program cycle. The deadline to submit YCW-BCH application is March 1, 2020.
Engaging Youth

The Morris & District Centennial Museum decided to design a brochure that would entice the youth in their community to visit their museum.

The result is a delightful little brochure with very little text, but many little hooks and pictures (like the one shown here) to pique the reader's curiosity and desire to learn more.

Canada Summer Jobs
 Call for Applications
Employment and Social Development Canada has opened its annual call for applications for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020. Applications will be accepted between January 30 and February 24, 2020
Remember: the Applicant Guide has detailed information on how you can demonstrate the quality of your proposed job placement. It will help you to:
  • include your supervision and mentoring plans,
  • demonstrate your safe, inclusive and healthy work environment
  • show how you’re ready to provide youth with opportunities to develop the job skills they need.
For more information:
Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)

The Manitoba 150 Host Committee aims to support initiatives and events that cultivate pride in our province, foster a profound connection with our diverse cultures and, above all, unite us in celebration.

During Manitoba's Sesquicentennial year, Manitoba 150 will be offering programs, events, resources and many other opportunities to celebrate our province's milestone.

Visit their WEBSITE for more on their programs, events and grants to date.
Archives Manitoba

The year 2020 marks 150 years of Manitoba as a province and 350 years since the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company. With 2020 in mind, the Archives of Manitoba has been reflecting on the histories that have been preserved in the Archives for current and future generations. They invite you to do the same.

The Archives of Manitoba is launching an initiative that will run throughout 2020 - Your Archives: The Histories We Share .
Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. It is a series of annual public science communication events that bring cutting-edge science to the public, in an accessible, fun, free and un-intimidating way.

Unlike other science events, a Soapbox audience will not have necessarily planned to come and learn about science – rather, they happen across a bunch of world-class scientists as they stroll down the streets!

Call for Proposals - deadline for submissions is 10 AM on March 2, 2020.
Storytelling Project 2020

Local community stories are important, so tell yours…
Canada’s National History Society, home of Canada’s History magazine (formerly The
Beaver), is looking for heritage organizations in Manitoba communities to be leaders
for their Storytelling Pilot Project—new this year.

Until the end of April 2020, Canada’s History is offering free support to Manitoba
heritage organizations in the form of practical (e.g. marketing and communications)
and public relations (e.g. fundraising and outreach coaching) development.
Museum Collections

The Museum Collections webinar series explores the stories that are told through collections and artifacts.

By looking at collections from museums across Canada the hope is to further understand the ways in which they communicate stories to the public. This webinar series features curators and other collections specialists and partners to understand how they decide what gets communicated through their objects.

Series Schedule:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2PM Central Time
In this webinar, Amelia Fay will discuss the objects and stories of the Hudson's Bay Company Collection at the Manitoba Museum.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Time TBD
In this webinar, staff and partners from the Galt Museum will discuss the exhibit "Inqueeries: 2SLGBTQ+ Histories of Southwestern Alberta."
National Trust for Canada
Awards - Call for Nominations 2020

Nominations for the National Trust Awards are now being accepted! It’s easy to make a nomination. Complete their online nomination form and tell them why the project, community, or place you are nominating deserves to be recognized on a national stage.
The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2020.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:
  • The Prince of Wales Prize
  • The Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards

Athabasca University

Athabasca University is pleased to partner with the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and offer an international training in St. Albert, Alberta.

Are you ready to ‘think out of the box’ and explore and co-create innovative and effective modalities of learning and teaching core concepts of conservation and science? Then ICCROM’s Summer School on Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science is for you. You will work with a group of international educators and professionals and discuss new approaches for designing educational programs and training activities.

For more information about this training visit their WEBSITE

Military Items
Following their Collections Policy, the Museum of Health Care at Kingston has deaccessioned items for the reason of Non-Mandate to their medical history collection. The items represent: Food Services, Military and Decorative.

If you are interested in any of these objects, or would like additional information, please contact Kathy Karkut by February 28, 2020 directly via email Kathy.Karkut(at)kingstonhsc(dot)ca
First one to request the item will be the one to receive it! Transportation / pickup is the responsibility of the accepting institution.