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
Pop-Up Museum Activities throughout March Break
If you’re spending March break with your kids (or grandkids) you can bring them by the museum for a visit. We are open Monday to Friday from 10 am – 4:30 pm and will be featuring different ‘pop-up’ museum activities throughout the week. These will include crafts, games, and interactive exhibit additions. To find out what we are doing and at what time, pay close attention to our Facebook page where the day’s activities will be revealed each morning. Pop-up activities will include snowsnake throwing, pottery reconstruction, cookie excavations, snow painting, storytelling, and more! Regular admission rates apply.
March Break – MOA Olympics!
MOA Education Programming
There are many considerations to keep in mind when developing education school programs: suitability to age groups, time needed, relevance to the museum content, but the most important is compatibility with the official curriculum, which can be found here . Teachers must prove their field trips are in line with the curriculum; so, we make it easy for them.
All the Museum of Ontario Archaeology school programming is designed to compliment the Ontario Curriculum, primarily Social Studies, as that is the most fitting compliment to archaeology and First Nations history and culture. However, we also compliment the Arts, Science and Technology and Mathematics when applicable. Read more
My name is Rowa Mohamed. I started working at MOA in October. I’m a museum gift shop assistant. I greet guests, answer calls, do inventory and book workshops, events, birthday parties and tours. I started working at the museum through the work-study program at UWO. I have had a variety of work experience and am always looking for a new experience. I remember the museum from my childhood and was excited to return as an adult. My favorite part of my job is meeting the diverse people that pass through! MOA is a great organization that’s a little hidden, I would recommend to everyone to visit it at some point. It is one of the few sites left to learn about Aboriginal culture. When I’m not at work I am a regular volunteer at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, a Home Healthcare associate and a Health Sciences Student.
Hello, I’m Stephanie. I have been working at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology for the past 3 years. My position is gift shop assistant and it entails helping customers, answering the phone, booking tours and birthday parties as well as being the first impression of the museum when people come in.
I began working at the museum through work study at Western. Work study has helped me financially to make it through university. I currently work at the YMCA as well, and through the YMCA I gained skills such as customer service and good work ethics. At the YMCA I work with all sorts of people from young children, as small as three months to adults that all come from different parts of the world. This has helped me flourish at the Museum because I am able to provide a richer experience for the visitors that come.
I wanted to work at the Museum because I was interested in the First Nation culture and I also wanted to gain more experience outside of the YMCA. Read more
Work study profile: Erik Skouris
How long have you worked at MOA?
I have been at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology for 6 months.
What is your job title and what do you do?
I am a Curatorial Assistant. I assist Joan Kanigan, the Executive Director, with various assigned and ongoing projects. This includes processing the Museum’s collections and registering, accessing, cataloguing, and shelving the museum’s existing objects. I also maintain inventory and documentation according to Ontario curatorial standards. I have prepared various reports regarding collection activities and conditions of archival objects as well. Currently, I am assisting in an exhibit design. The exhibition is titled, “What Archaeologists Do In The Winter”. Read more