Month: March 2012

Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre Membership Drive

The Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre is putting on a Museum Awareness / Membership Drive / Fundraiser sponsored by Fugro-Kelman.  The Museum has existed since 1984 but many people in Calgary are not aware of our existence. This is an opportunity to get to know us.

Fugro-Kelman has allowed us to use the Aquitaine Tower auditorium (5th Ave SW and 5th Street SW) on Wednesday March 28 for our event. Snacks and pop will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Admission is free.

Ben Gadd, a well known naturalist, geologist and author now living in the Canmore area,  will be giving a talk “Creating the Canadian Cordillera”,  suitable for a general public audience.

EVENT                                       March 28, 2012  10:30am – 2:00pm

Museum Activities update         11:45am – noon

Ben Gadd’s talk                         noon – 12:30pm

We will have lots of posters on geology displayed including a large surface geology map of the Canmore area along with Museum merchandise for sale.

Please consider becoming a member of our society ($50 Family / $30 Individual).

(Benefits of membership are listed elsewhere on our website.)

We will have membership forms and sign-up sheets for Ben Gadd’s Geology Car Caravans and a Burgess Shale hike and a list of upcoming events. There are discounted prices for members.  And we will have Door Prizes (draws at 12:45pm).

Door Prizes include gift certificates from Chez Francois restaurant ($100, $50 and $50), a number of books – “Handbook of the Canadian Rockies” and “Canadian Rockies Geology Road Tours” by Ben Gadd and “Survival in Paradise” by Walter Riva to name a few.

Please join us on March 28 and consider becoming a member of our society and/or supporting us with a donation. Please note that there is a maximum of 100 people in the auditorium at one time.

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Deep Research Case 8: Petitpoint

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 pink rose with green leaves is a type of fine needlework called petitpoint. It was made popular in the 1600s in France by the wife of Louis XIV. Saint Cyr stitch, also known as Basketweave stitch, was named after the school in France where young girls learned petitpoint. Did you do this type of needlework in the 1940s, 50s or 60s? Where could you buy your patterns? Please call the Museum and tell us your story.

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The Lost Mines of Bow Valley Exhibit

On now to the end of April
Admission fee; free to members

Finding the mines was seldom easy or straightforward even when we had directions or someone along who had been there before! Here Ben Gadd is standing in the middle of the wagon road to the Serra Mine. As you can see, the forest has been reclaiming it since it was last used – a long time ago. Bushwhacking, almost aimless wandering, spreading out and combing an area – they were all part of the adventure. It wouldn’t have been as much fun if we had walked right in. Several trips were sometimes needed, sometimes we came up empty-handed and sometimes we just ‘lucked out.’

Deep Research Case 7: Skirt Suit

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 patent leather suit was donated by a volunteer of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games that took place in Canmore. The volunteer traded her Canadian volunteer outfit for this Norwegian one. Were you a volunteer at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games? Did you have experiences with other nations participating in the Games? What did your uniform look like and what type of volunteering did you do? Please call the Museum and make an appointment to tell us your story.

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Deep Research Case 6: Birdhouse

This log cabin-style birdhouse has a gabled roof with shingles, a framed window on both sides, and double-door entry in front. Although well-known birdhouse maker
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.

Andy Shellian did make over 1,500 birdhouses in his lifetime, he did not make this one. Do you know who the mysterious craftsman is? If so, please call the museum and let us know.