Friday, September 12, 2014

Nuit Blanche at the Museum

The Canadian Museum of History is partnering again with Nuit Blanche, a dusk-till-dawn celebration of contemporary art and culture taking place in multiple venues in Ottawa–Gatineau.

Come experience history with an after-hours twist and groove to music spun by our own in-house DJ, performances by the Ottawa Stilt Union, and more. Sip on a “Bypass”, the signature drink created especially for the event… and enjoy. 

Nuit Blanche is on Saturday, September 20, 6:20 p.m. to Sunday, September 21, 4:21 a.m. 

Go to the website to see what else is on. 

Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre - Ontario Jewish Archives-

Back in 1973, the Ontario Jewish Archives, known as the Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, started to acquire, preserve and today, it is making available documentary sources related to Ontario's Jewish community. 

Now, the Government of Canada has announced that it will be providing $195,100 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to support a renovation project undertaken by the Ontario Jewish Archives Foundation. With this funding the Foundation will retrofit the vault and redesign and furnish the public access space and document processing area in the Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre. 

The Ontario Jewish Archives is the largest professionally maintained repository of Jewish archival material in Canada.

You can search their archives where they have over 5,000 cubic feet of textual records, photos, newspapers, films, and oral histories. 

Niagara Peninsula has a new website!

The Niagara Peninsula of the Ontario Genealogical Society has a new website, and it is exciting because of the new features that are on the site. 

In addition to having a new website (which is very neat and well organized), they are also starting to put video of their meetings and cemetery tours under the heading of Media! 

Last evening, I watched a video of their last meeting, and I was impressed with the quality and media presence of the presenters. I was left with the thought that everyone should do this. It’s a great way to tell everybody about your Branch or Chapter for free!  

So why isn’t this an initiative from the head office? Maybe it is, and we are just finding out about it, but I don’t think so.