Wilfrid Jury’s adventures as a young man began in 1914, when he joined the navy. He first served as a recruiting officer in London, Ontario, then became a billeting officer in Montreal and Quebec City. Next he became special messenger to Commander Wyatt at Admiralty House in Halifax. On December 6th, 1917 tragedy struck Halifax Bay when the Belgian Steamer IMO and French Steamship MONT BLANC collided, which resulted in a massive explosion and over 1000 deaths. Within the chaos and confusion of the blast, the Navy sent word to Amos and Julia that their beloved son was missing and presumed dead. Fortunately, Wilf who was severely injured, washed ashore and was taken in by a kind Darthmouth family who had nursed him back to health. In January of 1918, after being hospitalized for his injuries, Wilf returned to limited duties as an able seaman on the NIOBE, but, less than 6 months later, he contracted tuberculosis and was discharged from the Navy for Medical reasons. He was awarded the War Service Medal and the British War Medal for his service. Read more
William Wilfrid Jury was born at home on the family farm in Lobo Township, located west of London, to Amos Jury (1861-1964) and Julia “Jewel” Adler (1862-1950). Wilf was raised in a well rounded family that had many talents and interests in art, and collecting Native artifacts and pioneer relics. These talents and interests would later influence Wilfrid to pursue his passion in history and archaeology.
As a young boy Wilfrid developed a need to experience more than what was offered in the textbooks. After completing grade seven, Wilf withdrew from school and spent the next few years helping his father on the farm, participating in extended hunting and fishing expeditions in the Port Franks area, and expanding the family’s archaeological collection. It was then that he learnt about the traditional First Nation way of life from Chief Alex Elijah and earned the nickname “Heap of Stones” by the Little Bear Clan for the artifact collection he amassed. At the end of 1924, the family had only 75 catalogued artifacts, a number that multiplied exponentially in 1925 when Amos and Wilfrid started excavating local camp and village sites. Read more
Does your child love to be in the spotlight? Have you always dreamed of being an actor?
The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is currently shooting a series of videos about the museum and is looking for volunteer actors. Videos will be used to promote the museum’s programs and will appear on social media platforms and the museum’s website (www.archaeologymuseum.ca).
YOUTH and CHILD ACTORS (Volunteer) Read more
Name: Katie McLean
How long have you worked at MOA?: Since the beginning of June 2014.
What is your job title and what do you do?: I am a historical interpreter, responsible for assisting with educational programs and developing new workshops/demonstrations for visitors.
What background/training have you completed for this current position? I am entering my fourth year at Western University (Huron), with a focus on Anthropology, French, and History. For the past two summers, I have worked at museums (one on the history of Lambton County, and another on the Basque whaling industry in Québec).
What inspired you to work at MOA? I have always had an interest in archaeology, and in the archaeology of Ontario in particular. I remember visiting MOA while I was in high school and really enjoying the ‘Archaeologist for a Day’ program. I believe it is very important that we understand and appreciate the heritage of this area, and MOA is the ideal place to do just that!
What is your favourite part of your job? My favourite part of my job is getting to work with school groups and seeing how MOA’s interactive activities and demonstrations can increase students’ interest in archaeology and in history. I also really enjoy working as part of a team to develop new historical demonstrations for visitors.
If there was one thing you could tell the world about MOA, what would it be? MOA offers numerous educational programs and day camps for students throughout the year. These provide the perfect opportunity for children to learn about archaeology through fun and interactive activities!
My name is Nicole Aszalos and I have been part of the MOA team since May 2014. Although I am now the Curator, when I started my official job title was a curatorial intern, but as in any smaller institution, that takes on a broad meaning since I am diving into something new and exciting everyday. My first project was to redesign the interpretive panels of both the Lawson site and the permanent gallery in order to make them more accessible and engaging to the public. Currently I am standardizing MOA’s cataloguing database, creating digital records of the collection, rehousing archaeological artefacts, and conducting research. Read more
What’s New at MOA for July 2014?
– Open Canada Day
– Family Activity Day for members only: July 12th
– New changes to the permanent exhibit
– Spaces still available for Summer Camp
– Wilfrid Jury Archaeology Day: July 26th
– Rockin’ Moccasin Workshop: July 26th
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Hello, I’m Mark Wilcox, volunteering here at MOA from ATN Access. I’m here to help in the gift shop for a 10 week placement. Many of the things I do at ATN is research for local jobs, write resumes, and fill out job applications.
I’m also known as the “Ribbonator” because I’ve acquired professional ribbon curling status! I’ve been helping Jennifer in the gift shop doing various skill building tasks that I can transfer into a full time job. Since there are many birthday parties, I’ve been learning how to curl ribbon (many guys can’t say they have this talent). I’ve gotten so good that I could be Spiderman’s sidekick, spraying curled ribbon from my wrist.
Other things I’ve learned have been receiving orders and maintaining inventory, creating museum-made items, greeting visitors, using the cash register, gallery maintenance, photographing, gardening, and much much more!
Before coming to MOA, I had graduated from high school and was looking for work. I was happy to hear that I’d be working in a gift shop because I have a lot of retail experience, there’s a lot to keep me busy here at the Museum, and I have an interest in history. When I’m not at work, I enjoy playing soccer, reading, hanging out with friends, going to the movie theatre, and looking for a fun job.
My favourite part of my job is working with customers, showing them around the museum, and working at the cash register when I’m needed. If there’s one thing to tell the world about MOA it’s that it’s an interesting place to bring your kids because it tells you about Ontario’s First Nation people’s history.
Featured in this month’s Palisade e-Post:
– New exhibit now open: Story of Our Grandfathers: Our Original Stories
– New membership program has launched at MOA
– We’re open daily this summer. Interpreters will be on site from July to August.
– Celebrate Solidarity day June 21st
– Mark you calendars for Wilfrid Jury Archaeology Day July 26th
– Register now for Summer Camp
– June 8 moccasin workshop is full but you can leave us your name
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Today is Museum Memories Day and I’d love to share with you my recent discovery.
A couple weeks ago, I was going through my family photos which my dad digitally archived over the course of a few winters. I was shocked and excited to come across this photo of myself at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology at the age of six. I had never seen this image before and couldn’t wait to share it with my co-workers and MOA friends. I’ve been told that this is the second version of a longhouse that was built on this site. The palisade poles and longhouse are quite different today. Read more
Many great news stories in our May newsletter!
- New Exhibit this month
- Canadian Archaeology Association Conference
- Public Archaeology Day at the Hilton
- New items in the Gift Shop
- Cultural Circle Day
- June Moccasin Making Workshop
Open the PDF: May 2014 Newsletter to view all the details!
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