Civic Museum launches new operating model
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
After months of community and partner engagement, the Civic Museum of Regina (CMoR) will be adopting a more contemporary model of museum – an approach that will focus on being a ‘story-driven’ museum to maximize sharing of information about its extensive artifact collection.
CMoR, with the support of the City of Regina, contracted Ken Alecxe, past CEO of SCN Television and Heritage Saskatchewan, to consult with stakeholders on various museum models. The overwhelming result was to develop a Contemporary Eco-museum whereby a museum without walls is created. Simply put, it is the development of a heritage museum that engages the entire city and creates space for both public viewing and community engagement. This becomes an opportunity to partner with numerous stakeholders, like-minded organizations, business and the entire community, in sharing our collective history. This will be achieved through using traditional artifacts and sponsored satellite exhibits in existing spaces to engage a larger audience. The community becomes the museum – from installations in the City Hall foyer to the new Mosaic Stadium; from shopping malls to seniors’ homes – the Museum will engage citizens where they work, live, shop and socialize.
Rob Deglau, President of the museum, says “This new model is quite exciting! With the City of Regina’s first ever cultural plan in place, we feel the museum is well positioned to contribute in a new meaningful way to the citizens of Regina and we have already begun the development of partnerships, exhibits and programming that will begin appearing throughout the city.”
For further information, contact:
Rob Deglau, President, Board of Directors
Civic Museum of Regina
Stained Glass Window
At the intersection of Lorne Street and 12th Avenue, the Knox Presbyterian Church was built in 1905, and rebuilt at a cost of $20,000 after being severely damaged by the Regina tornado of 1912. It was sold to SaskTel in 1952 and demolished. The congregation merged with the Metropolitan Methodist to become the Knox Metropolitan United Church.
The stained glass window was donated to the museum by the church in 1995.
Nine of the twenty-eight people killed by the 1912 tornado were associated with the Knox Presbyterian Church. The Knox Ladies Aid lost all of their silverware with the exception of one heavy teaspoon found 3 blocks away.