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Meet Laura: MOA’s Education Assistant

Meet Laura Walter, Education Assistant

Laura

I am in the Public History MA program, at Western University, and I am currently carrying out my research assistantship at the museum. I started last September, and was thrown into a very busy fall, with a different school group visiting, roughly every Monday and Wednesday that I was at the museum. I help with providing tours, conducting First Nations craft sessions, preparing curriculum based programming, and outreach programming. My favourite part of the position is getting to interact with the children, seeing their faces light up as they step back in time and learn about the First Nations people in Southern Ontario. Particularly with Museum School, which is an excellent program, as it allows for me and the others working in education to get to know the children, and see their knowledge of First Nations history and culture develop, as they spend their week at the museum.

Coming from Penetanguishene, and having previous experience at Huronia Museum, in Midland, I was expecting the museum to have the typical archaeological artifacts in rows of glass cases, but the gallery space is visually pleasing; with historical wall paintings, a hanging canoe, and longhouse, along with being interactive; as one can step into Wilfred Jury’s office or dig in an archaeological site. One of the great aspects of the school tours, is that children can physically handle artifacts, while learn about their purpose, to gain an overall idea of how these early people lived.

To those who are interested in volunteering at the museum in education, if you enjoy learning and sharing history and like a busy energetic environment, the education department can always use the extra hand, as the visiting group size increase all the time. Although, it is a lot of information at first, with time and practice, you will be able to increase your First Nations knowledge, communication skills, and time management ability, while having fun.

To follow my journey through the Public History program at Western University, check out my blog lwalter23.wordpress.com

Dakota’s blog “I found my Way”

Dakota

I Found My Way…

Sheko:li, my name is Dakota Ireland. My spirit name means She Gathers; I come from the Bear Clan within the Oneida Nation of the Thames. I have recently joined the staff here at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. I am an Education Assistant Intern, so I help out with tours, workshops, activities, crafts, and other various areas of the museum, if needed. Before I got this job, my main background was in customer service and retail.

I wanted a change from my usual jobs, and I got started with Southwest Regional Healing Lodge, located in Muncey, as a Childcare Worker. I really enjoy working with children, so it was a step in the right direction. The job was not reliable though, so I continued searching. I wanted to work in a women’s shelter, but there were not any openings. Read more

January 2014 Moccasin Making Workshop

Back by popular demand, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology is hosting another Moccasin Making Workshop. Register now for this unique opportunity to make your own pair of moccasins!

Sunday, January 19th 2014 from 9 am – 4:30 pm

Six Nations artist Marjorie Henhawk will be teaching you how to make your own pair from genuine hide and cozy felt. Create a pair to fit your own feet or as a gift for family/friends.

January moccasin workshop

Cost: $70 for womens size 9 and under; $75 for womens/mens size 10+
A $15 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot

Age: Workshop is for ages 14+

Location: The workshop will be held in the classroom at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.

What to bring: Please bring your own bagged lunch and morning coffee (if required), an outline of each foot, and a sharp pair of scissors. Update: Please also bring a fleece lining if possible but not a very thick (you’ll have to sew through leather and the fleece!

Advanced registration is required – space is limited to 10 registrants. Register by phoning the Museum at 519-473-1360. Please note: Registration is now full for this workshop but please contact the museum to be placed on a contact list for future workshops.