Sault Ste Marie Museum: Bringing local history to you!

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On May 18th at 1:00 pm, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum is celebrating International Museum Day by offering a virtual tour of the Skylight Gallery, bringing participants through the local history.

The Sault Ste. Marie Museum has been working hard through the pandemic to continue to bring local culture and history to the community.

Beginning with the pre-contact ways of life by the Anishinaabe and Métis people in Bawating (the traditional name for Sault Ste. Marie), to the present day, this exhibition shows how life has evolved in the community over the years.

Katie Huckson, Outreach and Programming Coordinator for the Museum, and William Hollingshead, Executive Director & Chief Curator, joined SaultOnline to discuss some of their upcoming exhibitions, and the challenges they have been facing through the pandemic.

“It’s been interesting, of course, we mostly exist for the public so that they can access our spaces and come in and kind of engage with the history and the culture of Sault Ste. Marie. So not having them be able to do that has been challenging. So we really are trying to focus on how to continue that engagement and the attention and relevancy,” Huckson explains.

Hosting school trips was a big part of the Museum’s community engagement, and now this has suffered due to lockdowns. The Museum offers virtual field trip kits to bring some of the museum spirit into the classroom.  There are videos and walkthrough guides for teachers, and images of artifacts so students can continue to experience the collection housed therein.

The Museum also offers downloadable colouring pages of local landmarks so children can continue to engage in our local history and architecture.  These pages offer the history of the landmarks, as well as some fun facts! The Museum is currently in the process of creating a full colouring/activity book

In June, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum is celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ month , and Pride month, through a series of online events.

They are showing the play “Song of Hiawatha” and hosting a discussion on what the play means in today’s climate.

They will also be streaming a film about the Sault Ste. Marie LGBTQ2S+ movement in the 70’s, followed by a community discussion.

There is so much to discover through our local Museum as they continuously adapt their material and community outreach through the lockdown.

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