On behalf of its member museums, the Ottawa Museum Network would like to thank the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their continued support of Ottawa’s local museums and heritage community. This “Top Ten” list highlights just a few of the successful projects and accomplishments that have been made possible as a result of the generous funding provided by our supporters.
1. Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
On February 14th, the Diefenbunker held its first ever romantic evening underground, ‘Love Under Cover’. The event received an amazing response from the community and sold out as of the weekend before. The night included delicious food catered by Carp’s own The Chesire Cat Pub, specialty chocolates handcrafted by the chocolatier at The Swan, and a Cold War era movie. Visitors were also treated to the first viewing of material from a recent Oral History project. The short film Love and Duty featured former employees at of the Diefenbunker who discussed what it would have been like to leave their loved ones behind during a nuclear attack.
2. Vanier Museopark
The Museopark’s team is currently planning the 2012 Maple Sugar Fest that will take place from Sunday, March 25 to Sunday, April 1, 2012. The activities will be held at 300 des Pères Blancs Avenue in Ottawa, just a couple of minutes away from Parliament Hill. This year, a diversified program will be presented. Close to 5000 people are expected to enjoy this event. Come savour some maple syrup with us!
3. Goulbourn Museum
On Monday February 20th (Family Day) the Goulbourn Museum held its annual Heritage Day Open House. Fifty-three guests explored the newly renovated pioneer exhibit, enjoyed light refreshments and mingled with Museum staff and members of the Board of Directors. Smaller visitors were kept busy with a variety of heritage-themed games including: building a miniature log cabin, creating a pioneer quilt out of paper, and discovering artefacts.
4. Billings Estate National Historic Site
Billings Estate expanded its summer programming into the winter by offering Preschool Play Dates every Saturday morning in February. The one-hour program gave kids between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years the opportunity to interact with the museum in a hands-on way, while learning about things like baking and the seasons, and how Ottawa’s pioneers approached these subjects.
5. Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
Pinhey’s Point continued its ever popular Snowshoeing Under the Stars program this winter, with four sessions offered. Each hike explored the history of snowshoeing in Canada before delving into more theme-specific topics, like wildlife in the winter, First Nations history and how pioneers survived the winter. The sessions were capped off with hot chocolate around a bonfire.
6. Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum
The Osgoode Township Museum hosted a wonderful Kids Craft Day at the beginning of the month, with children creating colourful dragons in honour of the Chinese New Year as well as a variety of Valentine “Love Bugs” to give to their friends on the 14th. The museum also welcomed several children from the surrounding area for a PD Day Program which explored the mysterious creatures of myth and legend through games, crafts and other fun activities. Several participants took part in our Hat-Making adult workshop, which was a great success, and everyone went home with a beautiful and unique headpiece!
7. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum was the perfect winter wonderland for the Cumberland Community Association’s annual Winter Fest celebration! Over 300 visitors enjoyed sleigh rides, snow shoe relays, snowmen and snowball target practice whilst inside local favourites, ‘Corkery Road’ regaled the crowd with their Celtic tunes and stories.
8. Nepean Museum
Fairfields and Nepean Museum staff participated in the Ottawa Carleton Elementary Teacher’s Federation (OCETF) P.D. day, highlighting educational programs and kits offered by the two sites. The “February Fling” event at Fairfields saw a full crowd for the program. In addition, the monthly Sunday “Family Zone” event “Costumes and Cameras” at Nepean Museum drew a capacity crowd, proof that our Family programming continues to grow in popularity.
9. Watson’s Mill
On Monday February 20th Watson’s Mill hosted a Family Day/Heritage Day drop in with activities, exhibits and demonstrations the whole family could enjoy. Over 90 people popped in to play with heritage toys, create old fashioned tumble clowns and take part in a Tatting demonstration. In partnership with the Rideau Township Historical Society, an exhibit on Timothy Eaton was also a highlight for visitors to recall the good old days of shopping.
10. Bytown Museum
In February the Bytown Museum actively participated in Winterlude. The museum hosted a tent on the canal during the weekends providing family activities and games. In turn many people visited the museum as part of their Winterlude experience. Staff would like to thank all of the volunteers for coming out and helping with the set-up and activities and promotion of the museum. In addition to preparing and delivering quality programming and exhibitions, the museum has been engaged in organizational initiatives to enhance its ability to serve the Ottawa community.