Royal Alberta Museum
03/23/2017 at 18:04. Facebook
New blog post! This lovely wagon wheel quilt is a testament to the enduring friendship between two early Black pioneers to Canada. [ Link ]
Royal Alberta Museum
03/22/2017 at 18:36. Facebook
TONIGHT! In the fifth installment of our 2017 Curatorial Lecture Series, ethnology historian Dr. Melanie Niemi-Bohun (pictured) will speak about the history of treaty annuity payments. Her talk includes images and stories of the beautiful beaded pouches Indigenous people made to carry their treaty tickets.
7pm at the Royal Alberta Museum theatre (12845 102 Ave). FREE
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Royal Alberta Museum
03/21/2017 at 15:07. Facebook
How did the first humans get into North America from Asia?

The RAM’s Dr. Alwynne Beaudoin has contributed to a study that uses eDNA (environmental DNA) to shed new light on the possible migration routes of people to North America at the end of the Ice Age.

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THIS WEDNESDAY (22 March) historian Dr. Melanie Niemi-Bohun will speak during our Curatorial Lecture series on how historical documents and objects convey histories and open new perspectives on Treaty annuity payments.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and attendance is FREE: [ Link ]
Have you been to a RAM Curatorial Lecture yet?! There are only two left!

On Wednesday (22 March) the RAM’s Dr. Melanie Niemi-Bohun will speak on how historical documents and objects convey histories and open new perspectives on Treaty annuity payments.

Doors open at 6:30pm and attendance is FREE at the Royal Alberta Museum theatre in Glenora (12845-102 Avenue).

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you wearing green today? We went into our archives to find this century old (c.1900-1910) purse from our Canadian history collection. It’s adorned with shamrocks AND ladybugs for extra luck!
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In the beginning of the first world war supply issues meant that there was often a shortage of uniforms for new recruits. Armbands, such as this one from Edmonton’s 66th Battalion, would instead be used to distinguish new recruits who would continue to wear their civilian clothing. The number on the armband (66 in this case) identified the particular Battalion an enlistee belonged to.

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Any guesses as to what this could be? Happy #RAMwow!
When the internet can provide us with a virtual record of nearly every species known to man what is the importance of preserving specimens?

Mark Steinhilber, our Director of Natural History, explains how the RAM’s collection of specimens in jars is integral to future scientific research and accuracy: [ Link ]
Picturing the past, one quilt at a time.

For nearly two years now Lucie Heins, assistant curator of Western Canadian History at the RAM, has been documenting Alberta’s past as told through quilts. Find out more about her work and the stories she has unearthed here: [ Link ]
RAM job alert!

PhD opportunity (2) in the mammalogy program at the Royal Alberta Museum (in collaboration with U of A's department of renewable resources) studying the ecology of wood bison and their response to natural and anthropogenic disturbance in the oilsands of northeast Alberta. For more info, visit: [ Link ].
#RAMwow reveal: This travelling peddler’s case helps to explain why a small town in northern Alberta has a thriving Lebanese community.
Alex Amerey was born in LaLa, Lebanon in 1911, and came to Alberta in 1927. He bought this case off a farmer who’d used it to store an accordion. Amerey made his living travelling around the province selling small household goods – hairpins, jack knives,...
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Happy #RAMwow. Do you know what this might be? (Obscure hint: Need a razor blade, hairpins?)
SAY CHEESE! It's False Teeth Day. We thought you might enjoy seeing some pearly whites from our human history collection. Provenance unknown.
TONIGHT! This grinning fossil-hunter (Dr. Chris Jass, curator of Quaternary palaeontology) talks all about exploring a cave chock-full of Ice Age specimens.
Rattlesnakes and Rodents: Exploring a new Ice Age cave deposit on the northern plains
7pm at RAM Theatre (12845 102 Ave)
Would YOU squeeze into this cramped cave in search of Ice Age fossils? Dr. Chris Jass and his research team would! RAM's curator of Quaternary palaeontology will speak this Wed March 8 (7pm, free, RAM theatre in Glenora) about the fieldwork he and his crew conducted at Persistence Cave in the southern Black Hills, as well as the specimens they found (pictured: small partial carnivore jaw,...
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This might look like some alien life form, but it is actually an ambush bug! These well-camouflaged predators hang out on flowers where they snatch unsuspecting insects with their strong jackknife-like forelegs. This bug will be part of a new display in the Wild Alberta gallery that talks about the adaptations of different insects to their environment. #RAMwow
Happy #RAMwow! Any guesses on what this might be?
Here's a neat read on timbers from Old Fort Edmonton that were preserved and are now part of our collections. You will see these timbers in the new RAM downtown. [ Link ]

What Happened to Old Fort Edmonton?