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By: Karin Richardson-MacKenzie
Making History - Big changes happening at the MAG
Beginning Thursday, September 6, until Saturday, September 29, the exhibit galleries at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery will be empty.
The first phase of construction for the new permanent history exhibition – Remarkable Red Deer: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland – begins. The dividing wall that separates the new 4800 square foot history exhibition and temporary galleries will be erected.
“It’s hard to believe that we are at this stage,” states Lorna Johnson, Executive Director. “Things will look very different at the MAG this fall. This is the first phase of a seven-month production period. We are very excited to see the vision transforming into reality.”
During this first three and one-half week period, several structural walls and emergency door vestibules will be built therefore the galleries will be closed to the public.
While undergoing construction, the Discovery Studio will remain open. The MAG Saturdays drop-in program will continue as scheduled. As well, the MAG Sparks Open Studio program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons begins September 10th.
Johnson adds, “We’ll finish off 2012 with an exceptional history exhibit.” On September 29, the final and only exhibition of 2012 will open. Profit & Ambition: the Canadian Fur Trade, 1779 to 1821 is a traveling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Visitors will relive an epic chapter of the rise and fall of the North West Company, and embark on a remarkable
journey with the voyageurs, explorers and the many others who made up the fur trade.
Then the intensive work begins. It will take several months to install Remarkable Red Deer. The technical, electrical and case fabrication components are extensive. Over 1000 artifacts from the MAG’s collections, and 500 photos, maps, and documents from the Red Deer and District Archives will be readied.
The MAG will make every effort to keep their members informed of the changes and the construction phases. The public is encouraged to go to the website to view the progress. Regular monthly updates will be issued as well.
For more details on the permanent history project, please contact Karin Richardson-MacKenzie, Development & Marketing at 403-309-8446. For information on the Magnificent Saturdays and MAGSparks programs, call 403-309-8405. www.redddeermuseum.com .