A Year to be Proud of…

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Cold War, Visitors Services

Bunker bomb: Peace on EarthMusings from the Executive Director

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on all our accomplishments at the Diefenbunker. Our team has had a fantastic year, and we’ve made huge efforts to reach out to the community. We’ve welcomed so many new people to the museum, and also to our newsletter, and our social media platforms. We’ve brought you art – check out the Allard Gallery to see Leslie Hossack’s eerie and haunting photographs. Cold War music was featured during the Music from the Cold War concert, with dozens of performances all over the building, including the Moscow String Quarter in our cafeteria.  We’ve had manicures for Mother’s Day, and hot sauce in the Man Cave for Father’s Day. We brought you romance on Valentine’s Day. And we recently partnered with the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum to hold a fun and lively whiskey tasting fundraiser, adding taste and smell to the Bunker experience.

We’ve given our visitors opportunities to try out different characters and styles — we’ve had a retro wedding, we’ve had zombies, we’ve had spies, and we’ve had the Easter Bunny, and of course we had the Grinch (returning by popular demand.)

This past year also saw the Diefenbunker exploring the Cold War experience from different perspectives. Our Cuban Missile Crisis commemoration looked at those tense few days when the world stood still. We launched Andrew Burtch’s book on the Canadian civil defence program during the Cold War. We reopened the Bank of Canada vault, one of the most unique and dramatic spaces in the facility. And we continued to work with our oral history project to bring you the perspectives of the people who lived and worked in the Bunker.

We’ve had a great year, and we are very grateful to our visitors, our supporters, our funders and donors, our municipal representatives, and our wonderful volunteers. And I in particular want to thank my amazingly talented staff – it’s a pleasure to work with them and we have a lot of fun together in our very own blast shelter.

We look forward to reaching out to our community and to our visitors, local, national and international. From all of us at the Diefenbunker, we wish you all a very happy and safe holiday.

  1. jkmhoffman says:

    Reblogged this on kjmhoffman.

  2. Ioana says:

    Good job, guys! Keep it up.
    As a past ED, I can’t agree more with the present ED: a fantastic team makes for a fantastic place!
    Marry Christmas everyone!

  3. Ioana says:

    Sorry, I meant to say Merry Christmas, of course… but given there are weddings in the bunker, why not “marry” indeed? To many marriages then!

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