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Questions and Collections VII: Research at the Museum

January 25, 2017 – April 5, 2017

2017 Curatorial Lecture Series at the Royal Alberta Museum

As we continue moving to our new home in downtown Edmonton, the Royal Alberta Museum remains temporarily closed to the public. But we are very busy behind the scenes! Staff members continue to do research and work with the collections to bring you fascinating stories about Alberta's heritage - and we'd like to share some of it with you. In early 2017, our popular winter lecture series returns with six entertaining presentations that focus on new discoveries and new collections at RAM.

All lectures take place in the Royal Alberta Museum theatre in Glenora (12845-102 Avenue). Attendance is free. Lectures are held every other Wednesday until April 5. We hope to see you!

Pumice: Not just for cleaning your feet
January 25, 2017 @ 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Dr. Britta Jensen
Assistant Curator, Quaternary Environments
Who doesn't love volcanoes? How about volcanic ash? Generally seen as an exfoliant or hazard, some scientists search it out. Join us and find out why!

The Settlements: Learning from Alberta's early Black communities
February 8, 2017 @ 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Host: Dr. Mathew Levitt
Curatorial Assistant, Cultural Communities
Join us as hereditary members of Alberta's first African-American families share insights about the communities they built and the objects that tell their stories.

Curling in Alberta
February 22, 2017 @ 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Trisha Carleton
Curatorial Assistant, Western Canadian History
Curling has long been a beloved Canadian winter pastime. Explore how the innovations of Albertans Ole and Herb Olson revolutionized curling in the 20th century.

Rattlesnakes and Rodents: Exploring a new Ice Age cave deposit on the northern plains
March 8, 2017 @ 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Dr. Chris Jass
Curator, Quaternary Palaeontology
Learn about a newly discovered fossil locality from the Black Hills of South Dakota, and explore how it can help us understand the Ice Age history of the northern plains.

Annuity Paylists, Treaty Tickets and Beaded Pouches: Documents and Objects of Treaty Payments
March 22, 2017 @ 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Dr. Melanie Niemi-Bohun
Historian, Ethnology
Treaty Days are both the yearly renewal of the treaty relationship and a stark reminder of many broken promises. Learn how objects convey histories and open new perspectives on treaty annuity payments.

Appreciating the Small Things: The captivating world of Alberta bryophytes
April 5, 2017 @ 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Dr. Richard Caners
Curator of Botany
Learn about liverworts and mosses, a diverse group of miniature plants called bryophytes. They are an integral but often overlooked part of ecosystems in Alberta.