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Introducing: Renate Toews, Collections Assistant.

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!

Introducing: Megan Maybroda, Heritage Interpreter.

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!

Introducing: Anna Lysack, Research Assistant for Spectacles Then and Now Exhibit

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.

Winter Garden Update

Yes, gardening at Daly House Museum has turned into a year-round activity.

On Saturday, November 28th, a group of garden volunteers enjoyed hot apple cider and cookies after putting up a ‘grove’ of lighted artificial Christmas trees in the yard and a ‘Merry Christmas‘ChristmasLights in the Victorian Garden banner.   We hope the display will add some cheer to passing pedestrians and motorists and will shine a little extra light on Daly House Museum.   The trees were given to Daly House Museum from Samaritan House where they had been donated from a business, and the City of Brandon has agreed to store the trees when not in use.  We are very grateful for this generosity and support.

On Thursday, November 26th, Sylvia Barr attended Crocus Plains School to meet with the current Horticulture class.  She expressed gratitude on behalf of Daly House Museum for all their past support and presented a table top display of the 2015 garden highlighting all the plant materials that had been started in the greenhouse at Crocus Plains School.  The students and staff enthusiastically agreed to again allow their greenhouse to be used for community support in 2016 – both Daly House Museum and Samaritan House.

Horticulture students from Crocus Plains RSS preparing for their spring plant sale by planting geranium cuttings donated by Marcia Wiebe and coleus cuttings donated by Sylvia Barr.
Horticulture students from Crocus Plains RSS preparing for their spring plant sale by planting geranium cuttings donated by Marcia Wiebe and coleus cuttings donated by Sylvia Barr.

We look forward to working with the students – it’s a blast!  And their support makes a valuable contribution to Daly House Museum and to the community.

Happy gardening!  We have many ideas for enhancements in the garden next year at Daly House – stay tuned.

Sylvia Barr, M.G. Garden ‘Straw Boss’

Brandon Gun Club & Pigeon Pie

Brandon Gun Club c. 1913
Brandon Gun Club c. 1913 Source: Brandon Sun Collection, Daly House Museum

The Brandon Gun Club (pictured left) in the early 1900s held annual tournaments at the club on the outskirts of Brandon. Events at these tournaments involved shooting pigeons for a small fee.  The June 17, 1909 Brandon Sun reported that a warm up shoot for $0.25 was gave the participant the chance to shoot ten pigeons. If you were a big spender your could enter the sweepstakes for $20.00 and try to shoot twenty-five pigeons  After the tournaments the pigeons were collected for pigeon pie and other related meals.

If you’ve ever wondered what pigeon pie tastes like here is a recipe from the Museum’s 1901 Home Queen Cookbook for you to try.

Pigeon Pie

Prepare the pigeons for roasting, and put a lump of butter in each one. Border a pudding dish with puff paste. Lay veal cutlet or a cut of tenderloin steak in the bottom of the dish. Place a layer of pigeons, breast downward, in the dish. Chop 5 hard boiled eggs and cover the pigeons with them. Put in a little veal broth, enriched with butter. Cover with a puff crust, and bake slowly for 1 1/4 hours.

 

New Canadian Citizen Volunteering at Daly House

Yuly Rosas, Daly House Volunteer
Yuly Rosas, Daly House Volunteer

Yuly or “Julie” came to Brandon from Colombia five years ago and is now, proudly, a Canadian Citizen.  Married with a seven-year-old son, Yuly is an archivist by profession.  Since her English is limited, Yuly decided to become involved in the community as a volunteer, both to contribute to the Brandon Community and to improve her English.  We are so glad she decided to volunteer!

In the last month, Yuly has been working on data entry, helping to catalogue items, and has just taken on a huge project – translating our tour guide into Spanish.  There are over 3,000 Spanish speakers in Brandon, and Yuly hopes the availability of the guide in Spanish will help them feel more comfortable at the Museum.

In addition to helping at Daly House, Yuly volunteers at the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre and at the daycare at Westman Immigrant Services.

“I love Brandon and I love Canada,” says Yuly.  “People are so polite in Canada, and in a quiet city like Brandon, I feel safe.”  To others thinking of becoming volunteers, Yuly has this advice:  “It’s a great experience – a way to improve skills and to learn about Brandon and its history.”

Welcome

Welcome! You may just be browsing our website, but to us, you’re already a visitor.  You’re about to discover cherished antiques and the most extensive collection of early Brandon, Manitoba photographic history – in an historic setting.  Enjoy your visit!

Hours of Operations

September – June Hours:
Tues to Sat:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

July – August Hours:
Mon to Sat:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sun:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Note: Second and Third floors are not wheelchair accessible.

Cost

$6 Adults,
$5 Seniors, Students & Children

School Tours

$2.50 per student and $3.00 per adult ( Teachers free)

School group tours must be pre-booked two weeks in advance

 

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