E-Newsletter: July 2015

Dear Friends,

We have lots of news to share with you this month. Check out the stories below to see what’s going on at Friends and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

Magna Carta coming to the CMHR

Magna-Carta-image-310x153The Magna Carta’s visit to the CMHR from August 15 to September 18, 2015, generously supported by Paul and Mary Lou Albrechtsen, will be part of the first exhibition mounted in a new state-of-the-art gallery created to host temporary exhibits on Level One of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

“Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy” celebrates the 800th anniversary of the historic document that set the groundwork for many concepts that continue to define democratic life today, such as the principle that no one is above the law of the land.

Visitors to “Magna Carta – Law, Liberty and Legacy” will also have a unique opportunity to see a companion exhibition created and presented exclusively by the CMHR. “Canada’s Magna Carta: Meanings and Misconceptions,” will allow visitors to explore the similarities between Magna Carta and some of Canada’s foundational documents, such as the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982.

The CMHR will also offer special program activities related to this exhibition including lectures, curatorial talks and hands- on activities for all ages.

A special exhibition fee of $5 for an adult will be charged in addition to regular gallery admission fees. CMHR members may visit at no additional cost. Please visit the Museum website to view the full list of admission fees, and www.magnacartacanada.ca to learn more about the exhibition and related initiatives.

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Calgary Winnipeg Golf Tournament

Calgary-Tournament-for-newsletter-231x310The Calgary Winnipeg Club held its 7th annual charity Fun-Raiser Golf Tournament at Sirocco Golf Course in Calgary on June 18, 2015.  The proceeds of the tournament support charities in both Calgary and Winnipeg, including Friends of CMHR.  To date, the tournament has raised over $300,000 and was a sell out again this year.   Eric Hughes, Chair, Board of Trustees, CMHR and Stuart Clark, Board of Directors, Friends of CMHR, entered a team this year.   The highlight of the day was the Hole-In-One made by Percy Dumba on the 14th hole, winning Percy a shiny new Ford Mustang courtesy of Woodridge Ford!

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Donor Profile: Betty Eisenstadt 

Betty-Eisenstadt-244x310One of the first books in the CMHR’s ever-growing reference centre, Journey Through the Holocaust by Rachel Eisenstadt is the story of a survivor, but for daughter Betty it is a reminder of her mother’s wisdom.

“My mother, when she was alive, used to say ‘never again’ all the time. She was so worried people would forget,” said Betty. “That’s why the Museum is important to me. It shows the evil and discrimination that have happened as a reminder to everyone to say never again.”

A long-time supporter of the Museum, Betty donated her mother’s book to the reference centre so the story could be shared and was honoured to see it on the shelf when she visited the Museum for the first time in June. She says of her journey through the Museum “It was a deep experience seeing all those exhibits on the Holocaust, on women’s rights. You can feel all the work and thought to detail that was given to each exhibit in the Museum.”

Because of her parents’ experiences, the Holocaust exhibits had the most impact for Betty. “I did find other exhibits very interesting and touching, but I grew up with those stories and I too worry that as time goes on and survivors die off there is less attention to that part of history.”

Seeing the Museum, knowing the stories it shares, Betty feels like a visit to the Museum is just one step to ensuring that we always remember the horrors of our past, but also remember that things can change and each of us can impact the future.

“It is great to think of all the children that will come through these exhibits and hopefully initiate a lot of thought provoking conversations in their schools.”

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Mark Tewksbury at CMHR

Tewksbury-medal-310x207Visitors to the CMHR had a chance to meet Canadian swimming legend Mark Tewksbury on July 23 when he visited the Museum to view a new exhibit about sports and human rights, in which he is featured. The exhibit has been developed for the Year of Sport in Canada (2015) and is located in the “What are Human Rights?” gallery.

Tewksbury won a gold medal in the 100-metre backstroke at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, but did not feel safe coming out publicly as a gay man until 1998. Since then, he has been a tireless advocate for the rights of athletes of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

The new exhibit relays how sport can be a powerful force to create positive change and provide lasting benefits for the athletes, their communities and society. The exhibit also includes a “running tutu”, an autographed hat, a bike helmet and a hockey sledge. Visit the Museum to find out what these items have to do with human rights and sports.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Cohen/CMHR

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8th Annual Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, come out and enjoy a fabulous day of golf at Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in support of the CMHR. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Markus Chambers at 204.791.1950 or markus.chambers@gov.mb.ca.

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On the CMHR blog

Pioneers of an inspiring mobile experience

“Apps can offer amazing experiences for museums. At the CMHR, our team worked closely with the Acoustiguide to enhance the visitor’s self-paced journey – whether physical or virtual – through the Museum…” Continue reading…

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