‘Innovative’ exhibit earns prestigious award

A Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum exhibit lauded as “technically ambitious and innovative” has earned the 2020 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Exhibitions.

Archaeology Alive! The Jean Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville pays tribute to a late 16th-century ancestral Wendat community through artifacts on loan from the Canadian Museum of History and the Huron-Wendat Museum, a 3D virtual longhouse gaming experience created in partnership with Toronto’s Ryerson University (and which will become part of the museum’s permanent collection) and oral histories from Huron-Wendat Nation members.

“We are tremendously excited and proud to accept this recognition,” Curator/Supervisor Krista Rauchenstein says of the award, which was presented at the OMA’s first virtual conference on October 29. “This is a testament to the many hours of hard work put in by our staff and exhibit partners and to the importance of recognizing Huron-Wendat history in the community.”

The Jean Baptiste Lainé Site, previously referred to as the Mantle Site, was discovered in southeast Whitchurch-Stouffville between 2003 and 2005 during excavation for a future development. “We are proud to be able to collaborate with the museum and we thank everyone who contributed to this exhibition being seen,” the Huron-Wendat Nation says. “We also thank Town Council for its support of the Huron-Wendat Nation.”

Archaeology Alive! The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville is open to the public until August 2021. Contact the Museum at 905-727-8954 or [email protected] to book your visit. Components of the exhibit can be seen virtually at L4A.ca.

The photo of moccasins and mittens is from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville website.

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