Hello! My name is Jillian Baker, and I am a third year student at Western University, double majoring in First Nations Studies and English literature. I have spent three terms with the museum now, working as both an Education Assistant during the year, and the Head Camp Counsellor over the summer. My job ranges across a variety of disciplines, allowing me to both hone my own teaching skills with regards to cultural studies, while also gathering a thorough grounding in the ins and outs of archaeology. When I am not at the museum, I can be found reading a book, or –more likely– eating. I enjoy good quality cheeses and home baked treats.
Fugitive Slave Chapel Artifacts
Objects found at an archaeological site tell us a lot about the people who lived there. After all, archaeology is the study of material evidence left behind by humans in order to understand their behaviour.
We cannot yet tell you a lot about life at the Fugitive Slave Chapel because analysis of the artifacts has only just begun. The artifacts were excavated in May to July 2013 and were washed and processed in January 2014. The research that has been found was collected thanks to volunteer efforts. The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is lucky to have the chance to display these artifacts to the public before they are analysed and researched by the archaeological team, Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants.
Out of 41 excavated units, a total of 8 potential cultural features were identified on the site. One may have been a grey water pit and others were likely small refuse pits which explains the wide assortment of ceramics, glassware, and buttons.
Selected artifacts from the Fugitive Slave Chapel Site
Hello, my name is Lor Garry and I’m an Education Assistant at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. I have been working at the Museum since September 2013 as part of the Work Study program through Western University.Previously, I have had other teaching-related positions, such as at the Children’s Museum as a Day Camp Counselor and other tutoring and mentoring programs, but I wanted to branch out and get involved with an organization with a more specific focus. I have always been really interested in history, so I thought that getting involved with educational programming at the Museum would build upon my previous skills and take me in a new direction. Read more
Hello, my name is Rory Hibbs. I began working for the museum this past September as a Camp Activity Designer. I have bachelor’s degree in history from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I have had an interest in history for as long as I can remember. My first major assignment was a diorama on the Titanic in the 1st grade and I’ve been hooked ever since. Learning about our past in whatever form is always interesting.
What inspired you to work at MOA?
I came to the museum through a work-study program through Western University. What drew me to the position was the possibility of working around history and engaging with artifacts, which are our direct link to the past. I think it is a great thing to introduce young children to cultural artifacts. It is the best way to inspire children to get involved with their past. Read more
- March activities include Kids 1st Day (March 7th), extended hours over March Break (March 10-14), and March Break Day Camp for kids.
- London Chapter OAS Meeting is March 13th at 8 pm
- Read about our featured artifact from the Fugitive Slave Chapel site
- Learn about our blogs and link to the stories we’ve been featuring
- Registration is now open for our Spring moccasin making workshop April 6th.
- Sweat Ceremony March 16th at sunset