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Who is Wilfrid Jury? (Part 1)

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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

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Volunteer Actors Needed

Director Chair Museum of Ontario Archaeology Video Project

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).

 

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Work study Profile: Katie McLean

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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!

Behind the scenes: Meet Nicole

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Hi! I am Nicole Aszalos and I have been working at MOA since May 2014. My official job title is a curatorial intern, but as in any smaller institution, that takes on a broad meaning since I am diving into something different and exciting every day. As a curatorial intern, my first project was to redesign the interpretive panels both on the Lawson site and inside the permanent gallery to make them more accessible and interactive with the public. Currently I am still working on that, but I have also started working on standardizing and creating digital records of the collection, rehousing various artefacts, and conducting research. Read more

Volunteer Profile: Mark Wilcox

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.

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‘Me’ as the Ribbonator
Medicine Wheel Smudge Kit
Medicine Wheel Smudge Kit
Improving the Gardens
Working in the Gardens
A professional 'selfie' :)
A professional ‘selfie’ 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

June Palisade Newsletter

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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Museum Memory

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

TMHC War of 1812 Artifacts

War of 1812 Artifacts Archaeological excavations conducted by Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. (TMHC) uncovered a small number of artifacts from the War of 1812. These included a musket ball, two buck shot and a caltrop. Click here to see image examples.  The musket ball measured between 16.5 mm (0.65 inch) and 17.0 mm (0.67 inch) in diameter, and both buck shot measured in the double naught size range, that is, between 8.4 mm (0.33 inch) and 8.9 mm (0.35 inch) in diameter. These sizes were consistent with the buck and ball load American troops employed during the War of 1812. Buck and ball was a paper cartridge containing one musket ball and two or three buck shot. The purpose was to increase the chance of hitting a target with the bonus possibility of hitting multiple targets with one shot. The smaller buck shot might not kill a target but could cause enough injury to remove a soldier from battle.

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Buck and Ball found during excavations by TMHC

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