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Artifact Donations

The Museum welcomes donations of artifacts, photographs, and documents that are related to Kenora, Keewatin, Jaffray Melick, and Lake of the Woods. However, not all offerings may be accepted. In determining the acceptance of items, the staff are guided by the criteria outlined in the Museum’s Collections Management Policy. For this reason, we would ask potential donors to please contact the Museum prior to bringing in donations, so that the staff can give them an idea whether the Museum will be able to accept the item or not. In some cases, and if possible, staff may wish to examine the item(s) before a decision is made.

If your donation is accepted, arrangements will be made for delivery or pick-up. You will be required to sign a donor form. This document forms the legal contract between the donor and the Museum. By signing the donor form, the donor

  1. Confirms that they have a legal right to donate the item to the Museum.
  2. Gives and bequeaths to the Museum, the object(s) with the understanding that the Museum may use, display, or dispose of the object(s) as may seem to the Museum Board to be in the best interests of the Museum.
  3. Understands that the item, once donated, cannot be returned to the donor, a member of the donor’s family, or any other person, except under those conditions stated in the Collections Management Policy.

Personal information contained on this donor form is collected pursuant to the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of fulfilling the above request. Questions about this collection should be directed to: The Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator, City of Kenora, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2, (807)467-2027.

Each item is then accessioned into the Museum’s collection. It is assigned a catalogue number and a full description of the item, along with the donor information, is entered into the Museum’s collection management database. The item will then be stored or displayed and cared for in the best possible physical environment.

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Matches were invented c1840 and were called 'vestas' after the Roman goddess of the hearth. Matches were often stored in elegant silver containers called vesta cases, like those on display in the Museum.