Reflections from almost five months on…

By Lisa Terech, Community Engagement It’s been almost five month since Friday March 13, the day the OM made the decision to cancel March Break programs and, “out of an abundance of caution,” close the Museum to visitors. Little did we know that the Provincial State of Emergency which came into effect shortly afterwards wouldContinue reading “Reflections from almost five months on…”

Historical Comparisons

By Jennifer Weymark, Archivist Last night was a hard one in our home. Our eldest had been struggling with missing her friends, tired of only seeing them through a screen, and she finally broke down in tears as she struggled with the emotional toil of the stay at home guidelines. Through her tears, she wasContinue reading “Historical Comparisons”

COVID-19 and Material Culture

By Melissa Cole, Curator Social distancing, trying to slow the spread of COVID-19.  This shift has meant more time is spent online, reading the news, connecting with friends, family, and, for many of us, working.  I have noticed this effect of being plugged in more than usual, slight head aches and just all-around digital drain.Continue reading “COVID-19 and Material Culture”

Shopping in the Time of COVID

By Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator April 7 was the first time I went to the grocery store since companies began to enforce social distancing measures. I was nervous. My anxiety always peaks if I don’t know where to go, especially in a new situation. For a week or two, I have heard of storesContinue reading “Shopping in the Time of COVID”

Archiving Trauma

By Jennifer Weymark, Archivist Trauma- a deeply distressing or disturbing experience COVID-19 is a traumatic experience that is affecting the world.  For many here in Ontario, I suspect it was the decision by the provincial government to close all public school for two additional weeks after March Break that saw many of us starting toContinue reading “Archiving Trauma”