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Wish You Were Here
EXTENDED: October 5 to January 18
A hundred years ago the Dundas Post office was a flurry of postcards. Well wishes, kind regards, and Bon voyages (but nothing you didn’t want the mailman to read) were being sent by the hundreds across town and around the world. The pictures on the front of these tiny messengers are scenes captured in time. Whether glossy real photos or hand coloured lithographs the postcards of Dundas provide a wondrous panorama of our town as it used to be. They were once available at every drug store and news agency in town. Morning and afternoon delivery at 1 cent made them a powerfully efficient means of communication. Designed as perfect keepsakes, no family was without a postcard album. Wish You Were Here A Dundas History in Postcards October 5 – January 11 Postcards advertised town businesses, commemorated travels around the world, and brought loved ones together in times of war. Views of local landmarks show how Dundas has evolved over time, and vibrant holiday cards give a sumptuous look at Edwardian decorative design. Most view cards depict the town as it wanted to be seen. Others offer a remarkably candid glimpse into an age gone by. Visit the Dundas Museum this October to view hundreds of local post cards from our collection, as well as special contributions from local collectors. This exhibit will also feature our beautiful collection of antique portable writing desks, along with pens, inkwells, blotters, and stamps.
The Dundas Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the City of Hamilton City Enrichment Fund for its support of our Exhibition Program.
In the Education Centre Gallery
Drawing at the Museum
January 7 to March 21
Explore the treasures and challenges of drawing at the Dundas Museum & Archives. Students from the Dundas Valley School of Art meet each week at the Museum to work with artist Katherine MacDonald. Each class featured something unique: exhibitions, pieces from the collection, and the opportunity to explore local history through artwork.
From depicting the sharpness of a crease or the sheen of silk, to the challenges of light and shadow on faceted crystal, this unique class provided both creative challenges and delight for those with a love of all things Dundas. Works drawn by the group during their time at the Museum will be on display in the Education Centre Gallery between January 7 to March 21 along with some of the artifacts they captured.
On-going in the First Gallery
Featured in our First Gallery is the ever-popular kid’s zone, an interactive room featuring all you need to know on pre-European Dundas. The gallery features a climbing wall shaped into the Dundas Peak with a mural looking down into the town. Kids can go wild touching and exploring our habitat drawers and discovering some of the creatures they share the valley with!
On-going in the First Gallery
The Neutrals of the Valley
The second gallery features a scaled cross-section of an indigenous longhouse, a dwelling similar to that that the Neutrals, the first people in the valley, would have lived in. Visitors can sit and read about how the Neutrals lived, or explore the many ways our cultures were similar, and how they differed. On display in the gallery is also a portion of the Museum’s indigenous archaeological collection, including pottery from the Late Haudenosaunee Period (900-1650 A.D.) and projectile points from the Late Paleo-Indian Period (8,000 B.C.)
On-going in the Main Gallery
Welcome to Dundas! Our Main Gallery presents a look back at the history of our town illustrated by a collection of remarkable artifacts from our vault. Over its two-hundred-year history, Dundas has been a frontier home for Loyalist refugees, a bustling Victorian canal town, a volatile hotbed of rebel sedition, and so much more! Whether you come to relive memories or to learn anew, our ever-changing space is bound to lead you to new discoveries.
Funding for the main gallery was provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation(OTF). The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. Learn more about the project here: Press Release Trillium Grant
A War Without End
What happened when three young men left their homes to serve their country? The travelling exhibition A War Without End shares the Great War experiences of three Dundas boys. Their compelling stories have a local connection and prompt conversations about service, sacrifice, community, and family.
Each soldier’s story is told through an introductory panel, a life-size photographic reproduction of the soldier, and two retractable banners containing text and images of archival documents, photographs and artifacts from the Museum’s collection. They are portable and easy to set up.
The exhibit is available free of charge and can be borrowed individually or together. Perfect for schools, retirement homes, community centres, libraries, or other public spaces.
Contact the Museum at 905.627.7412 or email Sandra for more information.
The Dundas Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the City of Hamilton City Enrichment Fund for its support of our Archives Community Outreach Program.