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Get To Know Our 2024 Summer Students!

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By Jeremy Brisson, Harmony Van Schyndel and Ellah Reynolds

In this blog, we are pleased to introduce you to our new (and one returning!) summer students for 2024! Anyone who knows the Museum team, knows we are like family and we are lucky to we welcoming three new faces and souls, who love museums and the work we do just as much, into our family!

Jeremy

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Collections Assistant, Jeremy Brisson (When he is not cataloguing in collections storage, catch Jeremy roaming the Museum halls moving artifacts!)

Hello all! My name is Jeremy and I’ll be working as the Collections Assistant in the museum over the summer. I love to travel, and have been to Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, Mexico, Munich, Venice, Salzburg, and all over Switzerland. My favorite part about travelling is seeing the unique aspects of new places and the ways of life there. I’m originally from Sudbury and haven’t spent much time in a smaller community like Napanee, but I have family from the area who I visited a lot when I was younger, and I’m excited to get settled into such a gorgeous and historic town.

I’ve had a passion for history since I was little, and my time completing my History degree at Laurentian University gave me a special passion for local history. It can be inspiring to see how the people and events in the county’s past are still relevant today, and how cities and communities develop over time. My time working with Simcoe County Museum and Georgian College showed me how rewarding supporting the community and telling their stories can be.

Over the summer I’ll be working with the museum’s instrument collection, researching the backgrounds of their bands and players and updating the records of the collection. I will also be cataloguing a collection of toys and card games from the museum’s collection. I’m excited to research the instruments and the bands that played them for the community, and to discover and share the stories behind them.

Harmony

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Archives Assistant, Harmony Van Schyndel (Say Hi to Harmony in the Reading Room this summer!)

Hi! I’m Harmony and I will be working as the Archives Assistant in the Reading Room this summer. Some of you may recognize me from last year while I was working as the Collection Assistant and I am very excited to be back at the museum again. I am already gaining back my passion for local history that was so prominent last year.

To tell everyone a bit more about myself, I wasn’t born in the area, but I have lived in Bath and Amherstview for the majority of my life and have fallen in love with this county. This has led me to stay in the area for my post-secondary education at Queen’s University. I just finished my second year in the Bachelor of Arts honors program majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography and I’m looking forward to returning in September.  Although I am not majoring in history, I have always had an interest in ancient and more recent history throughout my childhood and continue to find rabbit holes of research to fall down in my free time.  Some fun facts about me are that I am a huge bookworm with an interest in fantasy (my favorite book is Babel by R. F. Kuang), I play lots of video games (obsessed with Stardew Valley at the moment) and I have an eighty-five-pound American Bully dog named Blue who does not believe in personal space (or just thinks that my personal space is hers).

This summer I will be working on the oversized art collection in the archives. This means I will be researching and photographing the majority of our art collection and ensuring that each of these pieces are stored properly and are relevant to our archives. I am looking forward to learning about our local artists and photographers throughout the summer and highlighting some interesting artifacts for you all to see!

Ellah

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Museum Assistant, Ellah Reynolds (Catch her mostly at Macpherson House this summer!))

Hello, I am Ellah! I wanted to work at the museum because it seemed like an amazing opportunity to deepen my understanding and knowledge of Lennox and Addington County. So far throughout my high school education I have been lucky enough to be able to take a history course that made me realize how much I love history. Throughout this summer, I will be gaining an understanding of how fascinating it is to learn about the events and things of the past. This includes the hardships we overcame, or even the ones we are still trying to overcome. It is interesting to learn about inventions we still use till this day that have been slightly modified, and inventions we never hear of anymore. I am hoping this experience helps me find a path to my future, as I am still unsure of what I would like to do when I am older. I would love to broaden my comprehension about a place I’ve lived all my life, and be able to take this knowledge that I have learned to educate other people. Whether while I’m working, or just having a conversation outside of the work environment, I want to be able to connect the things I learn to everyday life, and bring them up in conversations. Being able to make these types of connections can show just how much I’ve learned and help me apply it in the future. My true desire is to have a fun-filled summer, jam-packed with lots of fun activities and experiences.

 

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Holiday Hours 2024

June 29 – July 1: Closed (Canada Day Weekend)
July 4: Closed (only Macpherson House open)
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Please note that the Museum & Archives will be closed from Saturday, September 2nd - Monday, September 4th for the Labour Day long weekend.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5th.
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