A recent global trend is that of the museum selfie.
For those who may be unaware, a "selfie" is basically a casual self-portrait photograph, characteristically taken with some sort of hand-held digital camera or smart phone. As a matter of course, selfies are shared with others via the internet on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Hence, the museum selfie is a photo of oneself in a museum setting.
A great way to show that you’re Transcona proud — and to support the Transcona Historical Museum — is to come down to the museum, located at 141 Regent Ave. W., to snap your own museum selfie and then tweet it using the hashtag #MuseumSelfieTHM.
Be advised, the museum is presently open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During spring break (March 31 to April 4) the museum will also host special drop-in programming suitable for school-aged children and their families.
The Transcona Historical Museum will then be temporarily close on April 5 for an exhibit change. It plans to re-open to the public with its new exhibit in early May.
The outgoing exhibit, Love Letters to Transcona, includes photographs and other documents from the museum archives.
Museum curator Alanna Horejda said, "the forthcoming exhibit features a working title of Transcona — Life in the Park City and it will focus on the very interesting era of the early 1960s through until the early 1970s."
A portion of the museum’s lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) collection will be also be put on display in May. The museum also intends to revamp its very popular permanent exhibit, the Kids Zone/Imagination Station.
The Transcona Historical Museum was established in 1967 as a centennial project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the confederation of Canada.
Its mission is "to maintain and promote the history, stories and community spirit of Transcona," while its vision is "to be a vibrant centre of knowledge about the history of Transcona."
For more information, telephone 204-222-0423 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the museum website at transconamuseum.mb.ca
Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.