The Muse Blog

Welcome to The Muse Blog, a place where we share updates, creative projects, artwork, artifacts, and archival research from the Lake of the Woods Museum and Douglas Family Art Centre.



Quick Craft: Paper City

Looking for something to drive the rainy day blues away and keep the kids busy?  Try out this quick craft and make your own paper city!

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Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th each year we remember the Canadian residential school system and its students on Orange Shirt Day.

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Welcome Back!

Just in time for the first day of summer, the Muse is pleased to announce that we have reopened to the public! Be sure to drop by and say hello.

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Goodbye (For Now)

The Muse staff will be laid off with other non-essential workers of the City of Kenora, effective April 25, in relation to the current COVID-19 situation.

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Ice Harvesting Plow

While chipping the ice away from my windshield yesterday morning, I was reminded of this region’s ice-harvesting industry. Blocks of ice would be carved from the lakes, and placed in ice-boxes (think “wooden fridge”) to keep food fresh.

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Recipes from the Collection, pt. 1

While we’re all spending time at home it’s a great chance to do some baking! This cookbook was put together by the ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary of St Joseph’s Hospital in the 1930s.

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Norman Bay, Lake of the Woods c. 1920

This watercolour by W. J. Phillips makes me think of this time of year, when thin ice hugs the shoreline, and it feels as if a single rainy afternoon could wash away all that’s left of winter.

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UniveX Camera

Lately, we have seen a tonne of thoughtful, creative, and sometimes downright funny ways to keep occupied while at home. Today, anyone with a mobile phone, tablet, or notebook computer can turn their kitchen table into a film studio. In the 1930s and 1940s, handheld 8mm movie cameras like this one from UniveX were the tool of choice.

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Kenora Thistles, 1940

Missing hockey? Well, at least one MUSE staff member certainly is! Here’s a highlight from our archives: 80 years ago this week, the Kenora Thistles Junior “A” team defeated the Winnipeg Monarchs to become champions of the Manitoba Junior South Division.

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Did you know?

In 1870 the Wolseley Expedition went through this area on route to the Red River Valley. Major General Garnet Wolseley got impatient and set out to cross the lake in a storm.  He got lost on the Lake of the Woods for two whole days!

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