Wednesday, March 24, 2010

White Elephant Museum Update

Some interesting projects have been going on at the White Elephant Museum in Makkovik.

We spoke with Joan Andersen, Chairperson for the museum.

Andersen says a historical project has been going on since September 2008.

Toronto writer and actor Liz Rucker and her 2 colleagues are gathering historical information about Makkovik.

They’re using the information to put together a mini play for the community.

Last year, Jillian Mitchell, a Summer Student, did another project for the museum.

She conducted audio and video interviews with local elders.

The interviews will be used for a historical collection.

The White Elephant Museum was established in 1896.

It was once a part of the Moravian Mission Station.

And in 1915 it became a boarding school.

It now has over 300 artifacts such as: tools for hunting, fishing and much more.

5 volunteer committee members give tours by request.

A summer student is hired through funding from the Nunatsiavut Government.

The museum is open to the public from July 1 to August 31.

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