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BRANDON, MB October 12, 2018 –Eileen Trott, Curator, Daly House Museum announced today that the Museum has launched an exciting new exhibit in its Community Gallery to celebrate Women’s History Month. It’s a 100-year retrospective that focuses on the unprecedented changes in women’s fashions from the 1880s to the 1980s and the underlying seismic shifts in women’s roles in Canadian Society. Artifacts from the Museum’s own collections examine the emergence of the “New Woman” as she was dubbed in popular culture from the 1890s. During this time period women started to move away from their traditional domestic roles and began pursuing higher education, office jobs, active sports, and social reforms. The active lives of the new woman required more practical streamlined clothing than the many-layered, heavily draped outfits of the late Victorian lady.
A fashion timeline of costumed mannequins shows the progression of women’s dresses, most noticeably in their size and shape, the fabrics and layers used, and the varying necklines, waistlines and skirt lengths deployed. A sampling of women’s undergarments and accessories illuminate how women achieved the desired/required shape. An array of hats, shoes, and jewelry which complemented a woman’s look is also on display.
Scattered throughout the exhibit photographs depict the styles of local women and store front displays from local businesses. A section of these photographs highlight the clothing that represents the active outdoor life of the New Woman. This active woman defied societal rules to create clothing that allowed women to participate energetically in tennis or to wheel her bicycle down a country lane, but societal ideas of “proper” feminine attire slowed the progress of more practical sportswear including swimwear.
“The New Woman’s Fashion Revolution: 1880-1980” is a stunning visual experience bound to appeal to costume lovers and historians alike. By tracing the evolution of fashion that took place in reaction to the numerous changes in women’s roles, visitors are reminded of how intertwined decorative arts are with the culture of the times.
This exhibit was made possible through the support of Manitoba Heritage Grants. Daly House Museum is grateful for this support.
Forty years ago on June 9, 1978 Daly House Museum opened to the public for the first time. We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary of preserving the community’s history on July 25, 2018 with a Strawberry Social. Join us under the lamp-lit towering elms of our Victorian Garden for luscious strawberry shortcake, cold lemonade, and iced tea. Entertainment that evening will include the ballads of kilted Scottish vocalist Callum Morrison and Brandon’s own Ukulele Group.
So please join us for a lovely evening to acknowledge Daly House Museum’s contribution to the rich and nuanced history of Brandon. This commitment over the past 40 years and hopefully well into the future is to be commended. The importance of the collection is both invaluable and intriguing … truly a unique experience for young and old alike!
The Strawberry Social will be held on Wednesday July 25 2018, in the Victorian Garden at Daly House. There will be two seatings: 7:00 pm and 8:30pm. For tickets or more information, please call Daly House Museum at 204-727-1722 or email us at email@example.com
Once again, and probably for the final time, 7 Ages Productions will bring their signature style of dinner theatre entertainment to Daly House Museum’s annual fundraising dinner. In this year’s production—entitled, “Voices of Our Past: Graveyard Conversations Dinner Theatre”—the actors will portray real-life historical figures from the Brandon area, bringing Brandon’s unique history alive for the audience.
“Brandon’s history is much more rich and nuanced than a lot of people realize,” says Trish Buri of 7 Ages Productions. “There are a plethora of intriguing stories and people—including some really surprising ones. We can’t tell the entire history of Brandon in one evening, but we hope to provide a good overview.”
In keeping with the dinner theatre format, the actors will remain in character throughout the evening, mingling with the guests before dinner, conversing with them during dinner, giving individual character presentations after dinner, and taking questions from the audience.
The dinner will be a homestyle meal complete with roast beef and mashed potatoes. Red and white wine will be served. There will also be a 50/50 draw, with proceeds going to Daly House Museum. Guests are also invited (but not obligated) to attend Daly House Museum’s Annual General Meeting following the dinner.
The dinner will be held on March 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall. Tickets are priced at $50 for members and $55 for non-members and will be available until March 3. Daly House Museum is happy to offer a $25 tax receipt for each ticket purchased. All proceeds will go to benefit Daly House Museum and will be put toward exhibit curation, program development, archival management, and ongoing operations.
For many of us, taking a photograph is a fairly common occurrence. In fact, in all likelihood we may snap a photo every day or at least every week. With easy-to-use, accessible technology we have the ability to capture special moments with the gentle touch of a screen. This certainly hasn’t always been the case, however. It almost seems surreal to know that it was just 190 years ago that the first photograph was ever taken. But, it wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century when the art of photography evolved because of smaller cameras and film formats.Photographers were able to make images quickly under difficult lighting conditions, but when you compare to photography in today’s world, it definitely wasn’t just a click of a button.
That’s precisely why it’s so fascinating to explore the images currently on display at the Daly House Museum in their latest exhibit – Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba.The exhibit consists of a collection images that were believed to have been taken by J.B. Whitehead around 1909 or 1910. Whitehead was the owner and editor of the Brandon Sun from 1903-1937.
“These one of a kind, historic photographs provide a unique opportunity to explore the social lives of our citizens when Brandon was transforming into a modern city,” said Eileen Trott, Daly House Museum Curator. “What makes these images so remarkable is that J.B. Whitehead was just an amateur photographer. To go out and get such clear pictures at that time is pretty unique,” said Eileen.
In addition to the twentieth century prints, the exhibit also features photographs taken by local community members and professional photographer, Rob Lovatt, of the same activities that we’re still doing in 2017. The intent is to allow the viewer to trace the similarities and the changes in the recreational activities that have remained popular over the past 100 years by showcasing the then and now images side-by-side.
This new exhibit, which opens this November and runs until the end of February, was made possible with funding from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, an initiative of the Community Foundations of Canada and the Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF). Grants totaling $33,000 for community projects in Brandon were allocated through BACF. The exhibit was also made possible by a grant from the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program.
“We still play tennis, we still harvest, and attend community fairs. It’s only our beliefs and values in relation to these activities that has changed and that’s why this was the perfect Canada 150 anniversary project. It shows how our country and community has changed over the last 100 years,” said Eileen.
“We support a variety of projects that help to shape our community today and into the future, but as a Community Foundation it’s also important to look back every now and then to remind ourselves of where we’ve come from,” said Laura Kempthorne, BACF General Manager.
The entire collection consists of over 1200 photographs, but the majority have never been seen before. While the task of narrowing down the images was difficult, only twenty-five black and white, historical photographs were chosen to be part of the exhibit along with the modern images.The images are also distinctive because they are mostly action shots that were taken in a day when most images were staged or posed due to the limitation of the technology.
“This exhibit would not have been possible without the support of the Brandon Area Community Foundation. We wouldn’t have been able to produce high quality images to share with the public.We’re so very grateful to have them (BACF) in our community to help support exhibits and projects like this one” said Eileen.
The exhibit opening event will be held on November 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm. The event is free to the public.
If you like the images that are hanging at the sponsor locations and would like to see mare archived images in the collection, please visit the online gallery link below where you can order prints and wall decor for your home or office.
Mayor Thomas Mayne Daly was Brandon’s first mayor, and lived with his family in what is today the Daly House Museum. He started one of the first law firms in Brandon that still exists today! The law firm of Meighen Haddad, today’s descendants of Thomas Daly’s law firm, are generously sponsoring this event so that citizens of Brandon can enjoy the party at no charge. Featuring games and musical entertainment, the celebration begins at 7 PM on August 16 (Thomas Daly’s actual birthday) in the garden. There will also be displays and birthday cake. It’s an event the entire family can enjoy.
Admission is free, but entrants must have a ticket, obtainable from the museum. Please hurry to order yours, since attendance is limited. For more information, or to pick up your tickets, please call the museum at 204-727-1722.
My name is Renate Toews, and I am one of the summer interns at the Daly House Museum for the summer of 2017. I am originally from Brandon, and I am currently finishing my degree as a Religion major and History minor at Brandon University. This is my first year interning at the museum, and as the collections assistant I will be cataloguing data and artifacts throughout the museum to improve the overall experience of the Daly House. As well as updating our database, I will be giving tours throughout the summer of the Daly House!
I am extremely excited to be a part of the Daly House Museum, and I hope to see you all through the museum this summer!
My name is Megan Maybroda and I am one of the summer interns at the Daly House Museum. I am originally from Brandon, and I am currently studying a history major at the University of Manitoba. This is my first year at the museum, and I will be doing research for an upcoming exhibit for the Daly Birthday Party on August 16th, 2017. The party is celebrating the 165th Birthday of Thomas Daly and Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. As well as the exhibit, I will be giving tours of the Daly House this summer. I am extremely excited for my summer at the Daly House, as local history fascinates me!
For the exhibit I am working on, I am exploring and researching the history behind Brandon’s very first law firm- started by Thomas M. Daly and George R. Coldwell, which is presently Meighen Haddad LLP. Through the years, the law firm has seen many partners and witnessed Brandon transform into what it is today.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Daly Birthday Party in August and through the museum this summer!
My name is Anna Lysack and I am one of the summer interns at the Daly House Museum. I am from Brandon and I currently study history at Canadian Mennonite University. This is my second year at the museum as last year I was the Collections Assistant. As Research Assistant, I will be spending the next few months organizing the Spectacles Then and Now exhibit which will open October 2017. The exhibit’s themes of sports and recreation have particular interest to me because I have long been involved in activities such as tennis, long distance running, and soccer.
I will be selecting 25 photos from a photographic collection taken by J.B. Whitehead around 1909. Each selected photo and the Whitehead family will be researched to provide background information to the photographic display. In partnership with Keywest Photo, the museum is running a online contest in which members of the public are invited to recreate the historic photographs. The best submissions will be displayed in the exhibit alongside their turn of the century counterparts. More information can be found on the Daly House Museum website and on our Facebook page.
I look forward to exploring the recreational history of Brandon and area, and I hope to see lots of your recreated photos!
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Brandon Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.
Daly House Museum New Quilt Exhibit – 150 Years of Quilting Traditions
BRANDON, MB – Eileen Trott, Curator of the Daly House Museum, announced today that the Museum has launched an exciting new quilt exhibit in their Community Gallery to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. The exhibit is now open and runs until September.
The exhibit is a 150-year retrospective on quilting. The oldest piece is dated 1850 – a delicate kaleidoscope of muted silk triangles hand stitched together. The newest piece is dated 2015 – a provincial prize-winning and eye-popping queen size quilt using peacock colours of brilliant turquoise, purple, and royal blue.
In between the oldest and newest are approximately fifty quilts of various sizes, shapes, textures and patterns. Some are familiar – remember ‘Sunbonnet Sue’, ‘Wedding Ring’ and ‘Log Cabin’? Many were done as gifts for family members to commemorate special occasions – graduations, weddings and births. And some are unique and personal. For example, ‘Barns’ quilt, designed and constructed by local quilter Verna Sparks, was done to commemorate the centennial of the More Farm near Hartney, Manitoba. Depicting farm scenes, it was made from 223 different fabrics and 130 yards of silk ribbon.
When people enter the Community Gallery a consistent reaction is, ‘Wow’. A powerful wall of colour, texture, and pattern hits their eyes. If you love quilting, you will love this exhibit. Even if you don’t love quilting, you will appreciate the creativity, work, and love that went into creating these amazing quilts.
This exhibit is supported by Nifty Needlers, a Brandon quilting group, as well as by many enthusiastic members of the community at large.
Daly House Museum, which showcases Victorian era furniture and artifacts on three levels, is located at 122-18th Street and is open from 1 PM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Saturday. Those hours will be expanded for July and August. Please check the website for details. The quilting exhibit will run until September 19, 2017.