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Summer Position: Heritage Interpreter — Deadline extended to April 26, 2021

Job Posting: Heritage Interpreter

(pending grant approval)

Open to all candidates aged 15 by the start date to 30 years, to meet funding requirements.

Start Date: no earlier than May 17, 2021

End Date: no later than September 4, 2021

Work Description:

– provide visitor service and tours of the museum, respond to public queries
- administrative duties such as, updating museum databases, telephone, processing donations, memberships, correspondence, cash handling

– assist in researching and preparing materials for exhibits, based on Owen Sound’s marine, rail and/or industrial history & create materials for community outreach programs

– assist with marketing and promotion (print material, media releases, social media, mail-outs, distribution)

– assist Collections with artifact accessioning, conservation, organization, and storage
- assist with special events, fundraising and marketing activities for the museum

Experience & Skills Required:

– well-developed customer service experience, a must

– well-developed professional communication skills, both verbal & written,

– computer skills – proficiency in Word, Excel, PastPerfect an asset

– team building & organization

– must be able to multi-task effectively with constant interruptions

– museum experience an asset – acquisitions, artifact handling, archival research

Please submit resume to: info@waterfrontheritage.ca, no later than April 26, 2021.

Heritage Interpreter 2021 job ad

 

Exhibit 2020: Celebrating a Century Update

Although the museum is not open for the 2020 season, the Board of Directors decided that it did not want to miss sharing the story of Owen Sound becoming a city one hundred years ago. 

From July to the end of October the exhibit (videos) was viewable at the Community Waterfront Centre using Augmented Reality.

Go to our web page Virtual Exhibit. On that page, you will find links to the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre YouTube channel and also links to the individual videos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. 

Beginning November 17, 2020, the exhibit panels will be on display at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library in the Carnegie Wing. They will be there for a few months. 

 

 

A Local Manufacturing Company

In last week’s posting of items from the Community Waterfront Heritage’s Centre’s collection, nothing was shown that represented Industry, one of the three areas of focus of the Centre. 

This photograph is part of the archival collection. These two women are shown with a machine that made a product in an Owen Sound factory. This product could be found in stores outside of Canada. What were they making and what was the company name? Did you or did anyone in your family work at this industry? 

This black and white photo depicts two women at the toothpick machine, Keenan’s, Owen Sound. The women are identified as Darlene Brown and Jo Forbes.  Mrs. Forbes was awarded a gold pin for 50 years service. 

This shows one of the toothpick boxes that is in the collection. 

Keenan Woodenware Co. Ltd. / Keenan Bros. Ltd. / Keenan Industries Ltd. were names the Company was known by. It was an important industry in Owen Sound for one hundred years (1896-1996) and was located on the east side of the harbour. 

The August 1, 1929 issue of The Financial Post featured Owen Sound industries. “Keenan Industries Varied Products Wide Distribution” provided information about the company.  Keenan Industries was the sole manufacturer of toothpicks in Canada.

The parent company was Keenan Brothers Ltd., all privately held in the family circle. … Everything manufactured is produced cheaper through the close alliance of tugs, barges, sawmills and factories and one set of owners who are content with one profit from the allied industries. [1]

The company’s large ad on the front page of the second section “From Stump to Finished Article” highlighted the diversification of the company.

Grey Roots Archives provides some history of Keenan Woodenware Co. Ltd. / Keenan Bros. Ltd. / Keenan Industries Ltd.  and shows some related items in their collection.