Category: Deep Research

CMAGScsi 3- Juke Box

Deep Research Case 3: JUKEBOX, circa 1950s-1980s

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

This “Seeburg Wall –o– matic 200” is believed to have been one of a few models in the booths at the Canmore Hotel. While it was manufactured between 1957 and 1959, it must have been used up until the 1980s, with songs by Bonnie Tyler, Culture Club and the Pointer Sisters as selections. Did you pop in a quarter for 2 plays?

CMAGScsi 2 - Postal Scales

Deep Research Case 2: Postal Scales, circa 1870s

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

Up until 1840, the price of mailing a letter was based on how far it was going and how many sheets of paper there were. It was after this when mail started being weighed. This scale has 4 weights that balance on the left and a letter tray on the right. The price for 4 ounces is 1 ½ D, or 1 ½ English pence. Did you see this used in the Canmore Post Office?

CMAGScsi 1- Brick

Deep Research Case 1: Half Brick Stamped With “ST. LOUIS”

The Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre needs your help! We’re investigating some unknown objects in the collection and are looking for any information you may have about them. Every week, we’ll be posting a new case. If you have any information about the objects, please contact Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, at collections@cmags.org.

CASE 1: HALF BRICK STAMPED WITH “ST. LOUIS”
This brick could have possibly been used in kiln construction at the mines, a chimney in a residential home, or in the construction of the Canmore School. Do you know about its history?

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MUSEUM SECURES MAJOR FUNDING FOR ITS OWN ‘CSI ‘PROJECT: DEEP RESEARCH

It’s not exactly a crime scene investigation but can the Canmore Museum solve some of the mystery surrounding some of the objects in its collection?
With major funding from The Calgary Foundation, it now has a chance to do that.
Awarded $39,000 for its Deep Research project, in the next year the Canmore Museum wants to answer some basic questions about certain artifacts, historical photographs and documents. Questions as simple as − what is this object and how was it used? Leading this CSI-like investigation will be Collections Manager Amanda Sittrop, a trained museologist.
“The objects in our museum have stories.” says Sittrop. “We want to be able to say more about them…and create a more relevant and reflective collection which present and future generations can learn from and enjoy.”
Aiding Amanda will be knowledgeable volunteers invited to participate in the investigation. According to museum board member, Leslie Lewis, these volunteers are a “unique resource” because they “remember the early days of our community…We must capture their stories and memories so they can be preserved for later generations.”
As Deep Research proceeds, the Canmore Museum will also be appealing to members of the public to contribute any knowledge they might have about items selected from the collection.
The Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre extends its gratitude to The Calgary Foundation for its enthusiastic support of this project.

For further information:
Collections Manager, Amanda Sittrop, 403-678-2462
collections@cmags.org