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Holiday Hours 2013

Holiday Hours December 2013 – January 2014

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 4:30 pm.

Our Holiday hours are as follows:

Open December 21 & 22

Closed December 23-26

Open December 27, 28 & 29

Closed December 30, 31, Jan 1

**** Regular hours resume January 2nd

Updating Our Brand II

Logo vote

Voting has now closed – thank you for your help!

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology (MOA) has been developing a new logo and we would like your help choosing the final version.  We have created two designs which reflect our belief that archaeology is (first and foremost) about people.

Both designs utilize the hand print as a way of bringing this focus to the forefront.  The hand print represents the people whose stories are being brought to life through archaeological research as well as everyone involved in archaeological activities.  The stylized palisade (below the left hand) connects the logo to the Lawson Village, a 16th century Neutral Iroquoian village located beside the museum.  The motif beside the right hand (on the version with two hands) is drawn from decorations found on pottery at the Lawson Village site.

The colours for both designs were drawn from the colour scheme voted most popular in an earlier poll.

As one respondent in a recent survey noted, “Images of pith helmets, fedoras and bones are iconic, but not really representative, and images of particular cultures or specific tools are too narrow to encompass all that archaeology represents.”  We have deliberately chosen a design that tries to encompass everything archaeology is about while recognizing the museum’s unique relationship with the Lawson Village site.

 

 

 

 

 

November Palisade Newsletter

This month’s newsletter features information about our upcoming events and important information for:

November 2013 Featured Events at MOA

  • Annual First Nations Art & Craft Show and Sale November 24th
  • Vote for History in your Hands – our Aviva Community Fund project
  • Last chance to see Through the Voices of Beads exhibit (ends November 10th)
  • London Chapter OAS meeting November 14th at MOA

Click here to view the November Newsletter in PDF. Be sure to click the images and links for more information.
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October Palisade Newsletter

October 2013 Featured Events at MOA

Fall is upon us and brings many great events!

  • Iroquois Beadwork Exhibit continues until November 10
  • Register now for a Moccasin Making Workshop November 10
  • Celebrate Tecumseh’s bicentennial by attending various events in S-W Ontario
  • Ontario Archaeology Society meeting and symposium this month
  • Thanks to all those who made our Pow Wow successful!
  • More details by viewing our October Newsletter!

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September Palisade Newsletter

The September 2013 edition of the Palisade e-Post has been sent out.
Here’s what’s new:

  • As summer winds down, we’re gearing up for the Annual Traditional Pow Wow & Native Harvest Festival September 14 & 15th
  • Volunteer opportunities are still available for the Pow Wow event.
  • Our longhouse got a makeover! The birch bark and spruce was replaced by Larry McLeod and his crew.
  • Iroquois Bead Exhibit grand opening during the Pow Wow
  • Doors Open London/Culture Days September 28 & 29th
  • London Chapter Ontario Archaeology Society speaker series starts up again September 12th
  • New Educational Programs

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Designing a Membership Program

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How would you design a museum membership program?

At MOA, we want to improve our membership program and ensure it provides the benefits and services that people value.  Membership in our Museum should make people feel special and a part of our unique museum family.

There has been a lot of discussion about what a museum membership program should provide especially as museums are starting to focus on how to better engage their communities.   MOA’s current membership program is typical of most museums and rather than continue with the status quo, we want to create a program as unique as our museum.  Inspired by examples like the Whitney Museum of American Art which has created a “curate your own” membership program and ideas suggested by Nina Simon in her Museum 2.0 blogs that challenge museum workers to think differently, we want to design the MOA Membership Program based on the feedback we get from our community.   Knowing what experiences people want, what brings them to the museum, and what benefits mean the most to them, will allow us to create a program based not on what we think is important, but on what potential members think is important. Read more

Board Members Wanted

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology is seeking creative and energetic Board Members.

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Do you believe museums can profoundly impact people and make a difference in the world? Are you a leader who likes building sustainable organizations? Do you enjoy solving core organizational challenges (i.e. limited resources, defining mission, governance structures, and risk management processes)?

We believe that the Museum has tremendous potential to become a place of inspiration where people can experience the excitement of discovery, come to a greater understanding of archaeology and First Nations history, and connect through shared experiences. We recognize that the Museum has some challenges to overcome, but we believe with perseverance and hard work our potential can be realized.

Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, MOA is a registered charity that must raise 70% of its operating revenue annually. MOA is a small organization governed by a 13 member Board of Directors. Daily operations are managed by 5 staff. Read more

Mission Statement Review

Mission Statements are important because they articulate why a museum is relevant and the difference we are trying to make in the world.    That is why the Museum of Ontario Archaeology is conducting a mission statement review. MOA is currently reviewing its three mission statements in order to develop a single core statement that reflects why we do what we do.

Defining why we do what we do is not as easy as it sounds.  Many mission statements focus on what museums do rather than on why they do it.  One of the best presentations I’ve seen that clearly differentiates between what we do and why we do it is by Simon Sinek.  His How great leaders inspire action TEDx talk really makes you think about the importance of defining why instead of talking about what.

We’ve been gathering feedback from people about what the Museum of Ontario Archaeology does and why they think it is important.  Three questions we are currently asking people to think about are:

Museum of Ontario Archaeology Mission Statement Review:

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Please consider contributing to out discussions by sharing your thoughts to the above questions.

Updating Our Brand

BRAND IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
Request for Proposals

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology intends to develop a new brand identity to reflect its mission (under development) and express the museum’s value and role in community.

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology enriches the lives of Canadians through the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the archaeology of Ontario. MOA’s collections provide a unique resource for research and teaching in association with the Western University and its programs engage the public in the continuity between past and present.

Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, MOA is an independent registered charity governed by a 13 member Board of Directors and operated by a team of 5 staff. Read more