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The Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada
Our Museum is undergoing a transformation.
Looking AheadThe JHC has been moving towards a future very different from its past . It is “reinventing” itself, determining how to maintain, augment, and add to the multitude of services it provides, how to make its activities more widely known and its materials more widely available, how to increase its support in the community, and how to exhibit its collection in the most effective and visible ways. The Board and a Reconfiguration Committee have been working diligently on these issues .The committee chair is JHC board member and interior designer Arthur Blankstein, and on the committee are architect Max Hirst, JHC board member and general contractor Maurice Steele, interior designer Debby Lexier, engineer Easton Lexier, and social science professor Esther Reiter. The committee has also availed itself of the expertise of professionals in materials digitization, archival records management, and in exhibit design.
What You'll SeeThe Marion and Ed Vickar Jewish Museum of Western Canada will be transformed into a visually dynamic environment offering viewers in-depth information about topics and ideas integral to the understanding of our community. Three large windows and one large exhibit case are proposed for installation at the front of the former Museum space, and five large windows will be installed along the west wall of the Elaine and Percy Goldberg Family Walkway which leads from the Asper Campus lobby through to the Shenkarow Family Administration Centre, the site of the offices of several Jewish community organizations on Campus. The east wall of the Walkway will become a photographic gallery. Themes planned for the windows are: Judaism and Israel from both secular and religious perspectives; immigration; genealogy and family histories; the world of work; organizational life; cultural life; political life; and war. The windows and Walkway will be well lit and wired for electronic use; viewers will, for example, be able to listen to oral history interviews and to search a computer database while viewing a window. The materials in the exhibits will be displayed on a rotating basis. The Holocaust museum will remain where it is, but its iconic box-car doors will be relocated to open from the Goldberg Walkway.
Additional exhibit cases and kiosks will be found in the Campus entry rotunda and along Main Street, displays will be developed specific to the organizations located in the Shenkarow Centre, and an exhibit on sports and another on education will be placed at the Rady Centre and the Gray Academy of Jewish Education, respectively.
In the past, large-scale curated or visiting exhibits were held off-site at places such as the former YMHA, the University of Winnipeg, or the Manitoba Museum. Once again the JHC will have opportunities to install exhibits at locations around the city. Several exciting exhibit possibilities are currently under discussion, for example: Jewish immigration to Winnipeg over the past several decades; fabrics used as ritual objects in Judaism; the sounds and appearance of Hebrew; the garment trade; and the artist’s interpretation of “light” in the season of Chanukkah/Christmas .
DigitizationThe material in our collection is reflective of the social history of lives and events in the Jewish community over more than a century. ln order to help us present this material, we will be digitizing the entire collection,and making it available on-line. This means that our photographs, Jewish newspapers, cemetery information, oral histories, manuscripts, Yiddish music collections, and films will all be available to anyone-anywhere-any time by means of a computersearch . In addition,the artifacts in the collection will be digitally photographed so that they, too, can be accessed on-line.
Become InvolvedThe JHC is the curator of many legacies of the community: its history, its records and documents, and its memories in the form of manuscripts, oral histories, and photographs. The Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is one of the most important assets of our community.We look forward to your continuing interest, your participation, and your support.
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