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Staff Pick Video: Charcoal Iron

Watch as Museum Technician, Dave, talks about his pick: a late 19th century charcoal iron. This artifact is a charcoal iron from the late 19th century. The charcoal iron is a self-heating iron that allows for continuous use. Unlike the sadiron, which was heated externally on a stove and which required frequent stops to switch off bases that became too cool, the charcoal iron provided a continuous source of heat which allowed for fewer interruptions when ironing. The inside of the iron is hollow, which allowed the user to burn coal inside the iron to generate heat. A damper at the back of the iron helps to control airflow. This useful household tool was available to be purchased through mail
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Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada

On April 12, 1989 Terry Fox began a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. His determination, courage and integrity soon drew the attention – and won the hearts – of Canadians from coast to coast. Terry Fox lives on in Canadian memory as a hero, having raised $24 million for Cancer research, and inspired generations of Canadians to follow in his footsteps. Marathon of Hope In March 1977, when he was only 18 years old, doctors discovered a malignant tumour in Terry’s right knee. After undergoing an amputation and chemotherapy, Terry was determined to make a difference in the fight against cancer. In 1980 he began his Marathon of Hope: a run across Canada to ra
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Staff Pick Video: Imari Charger

Watch Administrative and Collections Assistant, Danielle, as she describes her artifact pick: an imari charger circa 1700 from the Couldery collection. This artifact is a Japanese white porcelain circular plate with ornate hand-pained floral decoration in blue and yellow. Porcelain was rare and as such was a status symbol for wealthy Europeans. Chinese porcelain dominated international trade, but at the end of the 16th century large deposits of keolin porcelain stone were discovered in Arita, Japan. Imari porcelain was created solely for export, and is in fact named for the port through which it was exported. In the image above, you can see where the plate has been repaired – three lar
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Volunteer Spotlight

Today is the last day of National Volunteer Week in Canada. This week you may have seen posts on our social media highlighting our volunteers. We wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to learn more about some of the great people that work hard to make Glanmore such a great place to visit. Below you will find profiles on just a few of the many excellent volunteers to give their time to Glanmore. Lindi Pierce Lindi Pierce has been a volunteer at Glanmore since 2010. She started volunteering after she saw Glanmore’s bi-monthly newsletter and thought “Why not? I love the house and I love old architecture”. It was Lindi’s mother who got her into looking at old houses, and she always love
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What Glanmore People Love About Glanmore

What Glanmore People Love about Glanmore In honour of today’s #MuseumWeek topic, #PeopleMW, we are featuring the staff at Glanmore National Historic Site. Below you will find profiles on the staff at Glanmore, and you can learn a little bit about what they love about working in museums. Name: Rona Rustige Title: Curator How long have you worked at Glanmore? 26 years Why were you drawn to work in a museum? I’m an anthropologist and so I am drawn to the study of human beings and their culture. What is your favourite thing about working at Glanmore? The constant challenges and the restoration projects. What is your favourite artifact or exhibit? It’s a toss-up between the Feegee mermaid a
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