Museum announces summer Speaker Series

The Stratford Perth Museum is very proud to present a speaker series augmenting exhibits at the Museum this summer. The series opens on May 5 with two speakers from Parks Canada. Flora Davidson is a Parks Canada conservator currently working with the Franklin Expedition. She has worked closely with Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team on preservation monitoring programs for submerged cultural heritage in Red Bay National Historic Site and Fathom Five National Marine Park. Flora has twice travelled with the team to the site of HMS Erebus and as the lead conservator for the Franklin project, she is responsible for overseeing the conservation of all artifacts excavated from HMS Erebus.

Flora Davidson, archeological and historic object conservator for Parks Canada | Parks Canada photo

Flora will be joined by Meryl Oliver who is the lead Parks Canada historian on the Franklin expedition and provided the content for the pop-up exhibit which will be at the Stratford Perth Museum this summer. The exhibit comes to the Museum from Parks Canada and is currently at a number of museums across Canada, including the Royal Ontario Museum. The information display, kiosks and and several reproductions of artifacts provide Canadians with an early glimpse at a slowly unravelling history. On May 19, 1845, the Royal Navy ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror departed England on a much-heralded Arctic expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. Under the command of Sir John Franklin, the two ships and crew of 134 were never seen again. In September 2014, an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus, in the south of Victoria Island in Nunavut. A second breakthrough happened in September 2016, when HMS Terror was found in Terror Bay, further north.

Meryl Oliver, Parks Canada historian Winnipeg Free Press photo

Tickets for the May 5 event at the Stratford Perth Museum are $25 and that includes admission to the Museum and a post-event reception. They are available at the Museum or via our webside under the “Buy Tickets” tab. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with presentations at 7 p.m. Due to the intimate nature of the performance space at the Stratford Perth Museum, 50 is capacity for these events. Other confirmed speakers this summer include Tim MacDonald, co-founder of the Arctic Research Foundation and Andrew Hunter, curator of Nanuk’s Journey, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Inuit art exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum this summer. Dates for those speakers, as well as others, will be announced soon. The Stratford Perth Museum speaker series is made possible thanks to a generous sponsorship from Tim and Alexandra MacDonald. The post-event reception May 5 is sponsored by the City of Stratford. The Stratford Perth Museum is also the venue for several events being presented by yhe Stratford Writers Festival and their first event will be Saturday, May 6 which will feature master storytellers, James Bartleman and Rick Revelle in a captivating discussion of their work and how it relates to First Nations issues. This event includes entry to the Stratford Perth Museum and integrates the Nanuk’s Journey exhibit of 17 major sculptures from the AGO’s Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection and the Franklin Expedition exhibit. Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the Rivers Flow and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador and a member of the Order of Canada. He currently lives in Perth, Ontario. Revelle is an author and member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation who currently resides in Glenburnie, Ontario. He writes about his Algonquin roots in his “Algonquin Quest” series, which includes I Am Algonquin and Algonquin Spring. Rick did not discover his heritage until his mid-thirties, and later in life set out to tell an Algonquin story to a young adult audience. He is currently working on the third book in the trilogy. Tickets to this event are $25 and are available at the Museum or via the Stratford Writers Festival website at . For more about the Stratford Writers Festival, check out adult-2017/