April 27, 2016
New Community Memories Exhibit on Inventor and Entrepreneur Forman Hawboldt
Find out how one man’s vision, ingenuity and perseverance shaped the future of the small community of Chester, Nova Scotia at the beginning of the 20th century. Forman Hawboldt was an extraordinary inventor, entrepreneur and community builder with many enterprises and achievements to his credits. This exhibit by the Chester Municipal Heritage Society tells his story in details.
April 19, 2016
New Community Memories exhibit features our new design
Les Amis des Jardins de Métis just launched a new exhibit and are the first to use the new design for Community Memories projects.
Fish Stories retraces the history of salmon fishing on the mythical Mitis River in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence region. Discover how the Mitis River contributed to the region’s development, changing from a wild paradise to a private one, before becoming a protected salmon river today.
February 24, 2016
Community Memories Projects: Call for Proposals Ends Today
Today is the last day to submit a proposal for the Community Memories program.
Thank you to all who submitted proposals. Selected projects will be announced in the Spring of 2016.
Next Call for Proposals: Virtual Exhibits Investment Program, in June 2016.
January 26, 2016
“How-To” Webinar on Submitting Proposal for Community Memories Projects
Our recent webinar on how to submit a Community Memories proposal is available on YouTube. We are currently inviting community museums and heritage organizations to submit proposals as part of the Community Memories Investment Program. The deadline for proposals is February 24, 2016.
January 6, 2016
“How-To” Webinar on Submitting Proposal for Community Memories Projects
We are currently inviting community museums and heritage organizations to submit proposals as part of the Community Memories Investment Program.
If you have a great story to share about your community, why not submit a proposal?
Join us on January 20, 2016 for a “How-To” webinar on Google+ Hangout. We’ll explain what we’re looking for in a proposal and answer your questions.
December 18, 2015
Listen to The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Take a pleasant stroll through Quebec’s soundscape and listen to the soundtrack of our lives. From nursery rhymes and pop music to the din of factories and the noise of video games, sounds form a backdrop to all of life’s moments, both big and small. They even shed light on the evolution of Quebec society from the last century to the present day. The exhibition is produced by Médiat-Muse.
November 30, 2015
Share Your Local Stories Online – The Call for Proposals for Community Memories Projects is now open
Every community has a unique and fascinating history. Share yours with Canadians, as well as online visitors from around the world. The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is currently inviting community museums and heritage organizations across the country to submit proposals sharing the stories, past and present, of their communities.
A wide range of institutions are eligible for this program, including museums, art galleries, historic houses and sites, libraries, archives, and more.
Click here to learn more or to fill out an application form.
The deadline to submit a proposal is February 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
November 27, 2015
Become part of the Great Canadian Quilt
Produced by the Textile Museum of Canada in conjunction with local museums across the country, this new exhibit showcases a rich and diverse array of handicrafts and folk art. Explore a wealth of story-rich artifacts, then contribute your own special belongings to one of the most dynamic and distinctive Canadian cultural archives ever created.
October 28, 2015
New “Community Memories” exhibits in progress
Following the last Call for Proposals for Community Memories virtual exhibits, we’re pleased to announce the new projects in development.
Community Builders: The Organisations, Groups and Fraternities of The Pas
From the Sam Waller Museum
The exhibit has been developed around the local chapters of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Freemasons, Kinsmen, Knights of Columbus, Lions, Order of the Eastern Star, Rotary, Order of the Royal Purple and Shriners.
A Glimpse of the Guard
From the Firefighters Museum of Calgary
This exhibit takes a close look at the experiences, stories and procedures behind the Calgary Fire Department’s Honour Guard. With a front-facing role of paying tribute to fallen comrades, the Honour Guard acts as ceremonial guards in parades, funerals, weddings, graduations, sporting events and even royal visits.
The Paper Mill Structures: Symbols of Vision and Innovation
From the Destination North Discovery Group
The exhibit focuses on the construction, use and significance of a collection of heritage structures that were previously part of St. Mary’s Paper. It captures the story of Francis H. Clergue, the St. Mary’s founder who transformed late 19th century Sault Ste. Marie through his vision and industrial innovation.
Celebrating Jewish History in Saint John
From the Saint John Jewish Historical Society
This exhibit shows the growth, development and subsequent decline of the Jewish community of Saint John, New Brunswick, from 1783 to the present.
Applebox Belles: The Women of Lake Country’s Packing Houses
The stories of the Applebox Belles bring you to the heart of the role of women in the early fruit industry and their influence on packing house work in a thriving central Okanagan community. The pioneers, the Summer Girls and the champion Apple Wrapper Flappers are celebrated through stories, vintage photographs and personal recollections.
Memories of the Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing
This exhibit is an introduction to the history of nursing education in Canada through the story of the Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing, which operated from 1915 to 1975. Using historical material from the hospital’s archives, accompanied by the oral recollections of its former students, the exhibit tells the stories of Sarah Jane Glenn — the school’s first student, of student life in the residence and of the friendships formed during training.
Cobourg’s Harbour: A Story of Small-Town Ontario, Settlers to Sailors, Car Ferries to Condos
From the Cobourg Museum Foundation
From its humble beginnings as an open swampy shore, Cobourg Harbour has over 200 years of stories to tell, reflecting the industrial and social development typical of southern Ontario, but with a unique twist. Historical photographs, news clippings, vintage film and interviews with the citizens of today reveal the harbour’s rich history.
Away From Here
From the Placentia West Heritage Committee
This exhibit focuses on how the need for employment and the need to supplement fishing income led Newfoundlanders, in particular those from Placentia West, to go away from their homes for long periods of time. The exhibit shares the very personal stories and memories of migrant workers and the families they left behind.
World War I – A Commemoration of Residents From Trinity and Area
From the Lester-Garland House
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016, the Lester-Garland House is refreshing their recounting of the stories of the men and women of Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador who served, and those who preserved the home front during the First World War.
Forman Hawboldt – Entrepreneur and Inventor
From the Chester Municipal Heritage Society
By highlighting Forman Hawboldt’s many enterprises and achievements, this exhibit tells the story of how one man’s vision, ingenuity and perseverance shaped the future of a small rural Nova Scotia community at the beginning of the 20th century.
Flight From the Flames
In 1998, the Silver Creek Fire — a runaway forest fire — caused the largest civil evacuation British Columbia had seen. Seven thousand people were forced from their homes while the Princess Patricia Light Infantry — along with other community firefighters, the RCMP, Search and Rescue, and the BC Ambulance Service — were enlisted to help. This exhibit tells their stories.
Memories of Fraser Manor
From the Manoir seigneurial Fraser
Fraser Manor played an important role in the development of Rivière-du-Loup and the surrounding region. In this exhibit, the words of the people who lived in the manor, and of those who worked to preserve it, trace its rich and captivating history.
The Village of Fatima, Its Inhabitants, and Its Institutions
By the Comité de revitalisation du village de Fatima
This exhibit focuses on the history of the village of Fatima, the last place to be settled on the Magdalen Islands. It covers every aspect of the village: its geography, its founding families, its architecture, its place names, and even its folk tales and legends.
Saint-Pierre de La Vernière Church in the Magdalen Islands
By the Fabrique Saint-Pierre de La Vernière
This exhibit presents the history of the oldest church in the Magdalen Islands, the second-largest wooden church in North America, from the start of construction in the 1870s to the present day.
A Committed Community, a Living Mill
By the Corporation du moulin Légaré
This exhibit explores the social commitment of a community over the past 40 years to ensure the survival of the Moulin Legaré in Saint-Eustache, a water mill built in 1762 on the banks of the Chêne River.
Antoine Labelle — The Man and His Work
Nicknamed “the advocate of settlement” and “the King of the North”, Labelle was an indefatigable promoter of agricultural development in the Laurentians. A colourful character, the famous priest from Saint-Jérôme was close to his parishioners and very active in his community. His many contributions helped build his community in the 19th century and are explored in this exhibit.
By the Amis des Jardins de Métis
The Reford Gardens are known mainly as the gardens created by Elsie Reford, who left her mark on the world of horticulture with her unique vision. Museum collections, however, reveal another story related to the gardens: that of the Atlantic salmon fishery. In this exhibit, the fishery serves as the backdrop for exploring the region’s history from a new perspective.
The Birth of Rouyn and Noranda: A Mining Story
From the Corporation de la Maison Dumulon
The exhibition focuses on the singular development of two cities that sprung up and mushroomed during a mining rush but developed independently of one another. Their story is told by prospectors, mine and smelter workers, pioneers and immigrants.
September 29, 2015
Introducing Canada’s first virtual exhibit on avalanches
Just in time for avalanche season comes a new virtual exhibit from the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, called Land of Thundering Snow. Learn everything about avalanches and discover the secrets hidden within the stillness of a snowpack and the fury of a snow slide.
September 25, 2015
Call for Proposals for Virtual Exhibits ends today
Today is the last day to submit a proposal for the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program. Thank you to all for your submissions. Results of evaluations will be announced in the spring of 2016.
If you’re part of a small museum or local heritage organization, the next call for Community Memories projects is set for November.
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September 2, 2015
“How-To” webinar on submitting a proposal
Join today’s Google+ Hangout webinar at 1 pm (EDT):
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- Watch the event on YouTube (live or later).
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August 27, 2015
Webinar on submitting a proposal
Thinking about submitting a proposal for the Virtual Museum of Canada to invest in your online product? Check back on this page on September 2 to take part in a “How-To” Google+ Hangout. Program experts will walk you through some do’s and don’ts, and answer your questions.
Date: September 2, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. (EDT)
June 26, 2015
Call for proposals for virtual exhibits is now open!
Showcase your best stories—virtually anywhere! The Virtual Museum of Canada invites Canadian museums and heritage organizations to pitch inspiring and innovative ideas for online products and experiences as part of its Virtual Exhibits Investment Program.
Why take your content online? Your museum has the stories—seize this opportunity to reach a wider audience.
Who can apply? Any Canadian museum or heritage organization (e.g. art gallery, botanical garden, zoological park, historical house, library, etc.) can propose a project.
What qualifies for funding? The VMC will consider proposals for online exhibitions, tours, games and resources.
When should you apply? Proposal deadline is September 25, 2015.
How can you get started? Get more details and submit your proposal here.
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June 16, 2015
The next call for proposals for Virtual Exhibits will open on June 26. Check back then for all the details and the updated proposal form.
In the meantime, gather your ideas — and your collections and partners — for innovative online experiences around Canadian history, heritage and culture.
We look forward to hearing from you!
June 9, 2015
Virtual Exhibitions: 8 new projects approved
Following the 2014 Call for Proposals, eight new virtual exhibitions will be developed with investment from the Virtual Museum of Canada. The awarded projects come from a wide range of heritage institutions and will be launched between Fall 2016 and Winter 2017. Congratulations to all the recipients!
Note: Some titles are subject to change.
Canadian History and Society: Through the Lens of Sport
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Sport has impacted and been woven into the fabric of Canadian history and society since the very early days of Canada. Canadian History and Society: Through the Lens of Sport will identify and present, through galleries, mini-documentaries and webisodes, the inspiring and educational sport stories of individuals, teams, sport development, and sport creation.
Fondation du Centre des sciences de Montréal
BioShock takes place in the Grosse Île region, an island in the St. Lawrence River where, a century ago, immigrants were quarantined before being allowed to enter Canada. As a deadly disease begins to spread among the population, play as a member of one of three teams involved in this race against the clock: the Public Health team, the biotechnology laboratory, and the biohacker, a loner scientist. Throughout the game, your team will have to carry out several delicate missions.
150 Years/150 Artworks : Art in Canada as an Historical Act
La Galerie de l’UQAM
To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017, you’ll be invited to experience the virtual exhibit 150 Years/150 Artworks: Art in Canada as an Historical Act. This project aims to highlight notable works from the great museum collections of Canada as part of the nation’s history. The exhibit will pair the historical and artistic dimensions, in order to underscore the accomplishments of artists who lived north of the 49th parallel and helped define our country’s cultural identity.
Images in Stone
Les Musées de la civilisation
Embark on a discovery of Canada’s Aboriginal rock art. Stunning and mysterious, these images are drawn, painted or carved on rock faces and represent the cultures of First Peoples from across Canada. Explore five archaeological sites in different regions of the country and discover a rich, yet little-known heritage thousands of years old. Come discover these “images set in stone”!
Building New Lives: Stories of Holocaust survivors’ immigration to Canada
Montréal Holocaust Memorial Centre
The exhibition will bring to light the history of the immigration of Holocaust survivors to Canada, through oral history, artefacts and interactive maps. Canadians will gain new perspectives on the immigration of Jewish refugees during and after the Nazi regime. After the Holocaust, Canada became home to over 31,000 survivors; visitors will understand who these refugees were, what they had faced before they immigrated and how they managed to build new lives after they settled in Canada.
Destination St. Laurent
Musée maritime de Charlevoix
Destination St-Laurent will provide families a with unique way to explore the St. Lawrence Seaway, showcasing partner museums while conducting visitors along captivating thematic routes, and through breathtaking landscapes. Users will be guided on this journey of discovery by the naturalist Kalikasan, who has just returned from an extraordinary expedition on the St. Lawrence aboard a revolutionary vessel.
Canada on Screen
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
In anticipation of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, TIFF is planning an ambitious online experience that explores the history of Canada on screen. Canada on Screen will be a large-scale virtual exhibit that identifies, restores, interprets, and makes available to the public a range of seminal Canadian moving image works. Including feature and short films, documentary heritage, music videos, commercials and TV, this exhibition will explore how the moving image has represented, shaped, and been shaped by, Canadian culture, identity, and history.
Aller aux eaux salées
Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent
Dive into the vacation spirit and experience the atmosphere of seaside summers gone by with Aller aux eaux salées. An invitation to explore sites along the St. Lawrence river; to better understand an era, the industrial revolution and the romanticism of the Victorian age; and to encounter an urban bourgeois culture vacationing along the majestic St. Lawrence. This virtual exhibition is intended to be a fascinating and engaging experience that will allow visitors to discover little known facets of the region’s history.
June 2, 2015
Two new exhibits launched on the Virtual Museum of Canada website
Fort Odanak, 1704-1759 — The Search for Traces of a Fortified Abenaki Village
The Musée des Abénakis has launched a new online exhibition on a once-fortified village inhabited by the Abenakis. Built in 1704 to serve as a rampart against Iroquois and British raids, Fort Odanak now reveals its secrets through archaeological digs. Relive the history of this unique fort, explore its physical remains and learn about the Abenakis First Nations in:
Nikkei Tapestry: Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta
The Galt Museum & Archives has launched a new virtual exhibition on the history of four generations of Japanese Canadians in southern Alberta. The site tells how each generation in its own way retained its culture and heritage while seeking to assimilate into Western society.
November 28, 2014
Notice of Call for Proposals for Community Memories Investment Program
We’re inviting small community museums to develop online local history exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).
To be eligible, your museums must be a not-for-profit organization, be an institution with no more than five permanent full-time paid staff, and have completed, if applicable, any previous exhibit financed by the VMC.
Community Memories is not a Grants and Contribution program. The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) enters into contracts with participating museums for the creation of Community Memories exhibits.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 27 February 2015 at 5:00 EST.
For all the details and to complete the proposal form, click here.
For further information, please contact email@example.com.
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June 20, 2014
Virtual Exhibits Investment Program – Advance Notice of Call for Proposals
In February 2014 the Federal Government announced its intention to transfer the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Online Works of Reference to the Canadian Museum of History. Bill C-31, an Act to implement certain provisions of the budget and other measures, has received Royal Assent confirming that the Canadian Museum of History will assume responsibility for these two programs.
We are pleased to inform you that a Call for Proposals for the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is planned for June 30, 2014. The call will be posted on the Canadian Museum of History website and, as in previous years, on MERX.
The Canadian Museum of History is delighted to have been entrusted with this responsibility. The Virtual Museum of Canada is a vital tool for Canada’s museum community, and we are committed to keeping it that way. This platform provides a unique opportunity for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. In the coming months, the Museum will call on Canada’s museum professionals to collectively reflect on possible future offerings of the Virtual Museum of Canada. We look forward to working with you as we build on existing partnerships and create new ones with museums and other cultural institutions across the country.
The purpose of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is to engage Canadians in their history and heritage by assisting the development of virtual exhibits and other online resources by public, not-for-profit Canadian museums and heritage organizations. Eligibility, funding criteria and total funds available under the Program will remain essentially unchanged. To be eligible, a heritage institution must be:
- a permanent physical establishment;
- exempt from federal and provincial government income taxes;
- administered in the public interest for the primary purpose of conserving and preserving, studying, interpreting, assembling and exhibiting objects and specimens of educational and cultural value. This includes artistic, scientific (whether animate or inanimate), historical and technological material;
- a museum, art gallery, art exhibit centre, botanical garden, zoological park, aquarium, planetarium, historical society museum, historical house, preservation project or site which meets the aforementioned requirements.
The transfer of the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Online Works of Reference from the Department of Canadian Heritage to the Canadian Museum of History is being worked out. All parties will be working in concert to ensure a seamless transition and as details get confirmed we will continue to communicate them to you.
A Call for Proposals for the Community Memories Program is planned for the Fall. More details will follow shortly.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 23, 2014
The Virtual Museum of Canada at the Canadian Museum of History
The Virtual Museum of Canada and the Online Works of Reference will be transferred to the Canadian Museum of History later this year, and the Museum is working with representatives from Canadian Heritage to ensure a seamless transition for everyone involved.
The Virtual Museum of Canada is a vital tool for Canada’s museum community, and we are committed to keeping it that way. The Canadian Museum of History will continue to fund museum initiatives across the country. The date of the next call for proposals will be determined shortly. Funding will be maintained and we will encourage innovation and the further integration of digital technology into museum activities.
This period of change is also an opportunity for renewal. In the coming months, the Canadian Museum of History plans to call on Canada’s museum professionals to collectively reflect on possible future offerings of the Virtual Museum of Canada. The digital world is advancing at a staggering rate, and this platform provides a unique opportunity for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Please feel free to send us your ideas and suggestions at any time.
The Canadian Museum of History is delighted to have been entrusted with this responsibility. This online resource will help the Museum in its mission to raise the profile of Canadian history and culture on the national and international stage. What’s more, the arrival of the Virtual Museum of Canada is perfectly in line with our new mandate, which includes broadening our focus by presenting Canadian history in greater detail.
The Virtual Museum of Canada will also give us a chance to build on existing partnerships and create new ones with museums and other cultural institutions across the country, another one of our priorities.
Bill C-31, an Act to implement certain provisions of the budget and other measures is currently before Parliament. Once it receives Royal Assent and it is confirmed that the Museum will assume responsibility for the Virtual Museum of Canada and the Online Works of Reference, we will be able to provide you with more information regarding the next steps.
In the meantime, for further information, please contact email@example.com.