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This week was volunteer appreciation week.  Museum Strathroy-Caradoc has a number of dedicated volunteers working with the collection and below are their stories.

George
I started volunteering to work at the Strathroy Museum in September of 2014. As of March 31, 2016 I have 326 hours of community service. My work involves taking pictures of items and logging them into the computer (into PastPerfect) with a brief description of each item. I currently work Tuesday and Thursday afternoon each week. As I did not grow up in the area I find it interesting to learn more about the history of Strathroy Caradoc.

Paul
The RS Williams glass negative collection covers the years of approximately 1901-1905 and were discovered above Bosson’s Pharmacy.  As a recent retiree, I have been cleaning, identifying, recording and digitizing the negatives two mornings a week since October 2015. The tasks give me an insight into the names, clothes and customs of one hundred years ago. I have been fortunate to see the original glass negative of a picture of my maternal grandmother and her sisters from 1901. Preserving the Collection and assisting the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is an excellent volunteer opportunity

John
Each week I scan the old Age Dispatch negatives into PastPerfect (the museum database).  I then transcribe the captions from the actual hard copy of the newspapers into the database and create search terms and key words that will aid future researchers.  So far I have completed the newspapers from March and part of April of 1984 and will start on May very soon.

Below are some of the items that George, Paul and John have been working on

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Michelle has joined us from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute for her co-op placement (photo coming).   She will be helping with many activities in the Collections Storage building and in the Exhibit Gallery.

So far Michelle has inventoried most of the photographic collection (over 2000 images), and helped prepare for an exhibit on the HMCS Strathroy and this is only her second week. 
Her major project will be working with the Age Dispatch Negative Collection.  Recently the Museum acquired over 100 years of newspapers and 20 years of negatives.  (more on this in a future post).  Michelle will also be helping prepare for our next exhibit in the new year, “Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet”, a travelling exhibit from Guelph Museums.

In the coming weeks Michelle will add to the blog and tell world what she is up to.

If you would like to co-op or volunteer at the Museum see the last post.

How can you become involved with the museum?

The museum would not be where it is today without community involvement.  We rely on volunteers for all sorts of activities at the museum. 

Who can volunteer?   ANYONE

  1. If you are a high school student and are looking to complete your 40 hours or in the co-op program … give us a call.
  2. If you are a history detective … you can become a Research Volunteer.  
  3. If you are a computer geek … you can become a Data Entry Volunteer.
  4. If you like to sew … you  can become a Collections Volunteer.
  5. If you are a people person and like to chat  … you can become a docent.
  6. If you love your community and know a bit about objects related to Strathroy-Caradoc … you can put your name in the hat to be part of the Collections Committee. 

This of course is just a sample of the activities that you can do at the museum. 

Call the museum today to set up an appointment to volunteer.

(519) 245-0492.

About the Museum

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc opened to the public in 1972. As a community museum we strive to preserve and tell the story of Strathroy-Caradoc, and inspire residents to explore and understand the community around them.

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