By Donna McMillan
Angela Wallace, 41, became the new Port Dover Harbour Museum curator on December 16th.
It didn’t take long for her to realize that there is a real “feeling of community and a lot of virbrancy” at the local marine museum.
“A lot of people come in and have a connection”, she told the Maple Leaf on the weekend. She “wants to maintain the calibre of programming at the Museum and increase family and children programming” because she has a background and strength in that area.
Prior to coming to Port Dover Harbour Museum, Angela worked at Balls Falls Conservation Area for twelve years. Considered a Gateway to the Niagara Escarpment and a UNESCO World Biosphere Park, Angela had responsibility for curriculum based educational programming at the site, which is rich in history.
Buildings in the Conservation Area include a grist mill built by the Ball family in 1809, the Ball Home, which dates back to 1846, a blacksmith shop, a pioneer cabin, a lime kiln and more. Her programming themes were nature and heritage based, she told the Maple Leaf.
“I believe in hands-on learning and hope to develop more of that here”, she said, noting that if children learn and have fun, they will want to come back. She wants to plan a March Break Camp for 6 to 11-year-olds as well as a Family Fun Day.
Angela has a degree in History, an Education degree and a Post Diploma eight month intensive Museum Management and Curatorship Certificate. After graduation, she pursued a number of contract and volunteer positions, working at a variety of places around Ontario from Cornwall to Ottawa to Penetanguishene before working at Ball’s Falls.
Angela told the Maple Leaf she was interested in the Port Dover Harbour Museum position because she wanted to move back into a community museum and she thinks Port Dover is a beautiful town.
Her husband, Glen, is the Manager of the Port Dover Giant Tiger and they have often brought their two boys, four and eight, to the beach. The family lives in Dunnville.
Angela had an opportunity to meet many people during the New Year’s Levee at the Museum January 1st, when 260 attended the Old Time Music afternoon that followed the Polar Bear Dip.
By Donna McMillan
Posted: January 15, 2014