Staff

Say hello to our 2018 Museum Staff!

Lyne's picture for bioLyne Allain
Museum Manager and Curator
Lyne is returning for her third year with us! Lyne graduated with Honours in Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University in 2011, completed a Certificate in Arts Management in Quebec in 2012, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies in 2014. Over the years, Lyne has worked at the Joggins Fossil Institute as an Interpreter and Administrative Intern, at the Museum of Natural History as a Marketing Assistant, and volunteered at the Toronto Railway Museum. She spent a couple years out West, where she managed a Volunteer Centre in Alberta and worked as a Marketing Assistant and Visitor Services Representative at the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame before deciding to return to the Maritimes. Lyne is now living on the South Shore and thrilled to be part of Mahone Bay’s community.

History the Goldfish – Official Mascot
and Social Media Correspondent

History the goldfish always dreamed of living and working in a museum. Energetic, flashy, and charming, History certainly knows how to make visitors feel at home! History has been living his dream for several years now, and in that time he has grown to fit his electric personality.  Check out our FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube pages and his own personal Facebook account to see what he’s been up to or come visit him in person this season!

Each summer, with the help of the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works program and Nova Scotia’s Student Summer Skills Incentive program, we hire university students with interest in history and museums. Our 2018 summer students are:

Ben's Staff Photo

Returning to work at the museum for his third year, last year Ben completed his degree in History, with a Minor in Political Science, from Acadia University. Ben will be returning to Acadia in the fall of 2018 to complete his Bachelor of Education and looks forward to becoming a teacher. This summer he will be working on improving the museum’s children programming and developing a new school program.

 

Returning for a 3rd year, Katie will be working at the Mahone Bay Museum as the Exhibit Researcher and Designer. Katie Graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University this May with a BAH in Women’s Studies, a minor in Cultural Studies, first class honours, and received the highest aggregate award for the Women’s studies program. In September, she will be moving to Peterborough, Ontario to attend Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship program. This summer, her main goal is to research and design an exhibit on Mi’kmaq history along side a board specifically picked for this project.

 

 

Madeline volunteered at the museum last year, and is excited to now work as an employee! She will be starting her first year at UBC this fall, where she will major in Anthropology. After she graduates, she plans on furthering her studies in Scotland where she will also be an archaeologist and work towards being a museum curator. Madeline is passionate about ancient history, and is very excited to be learning the inner workings of a museum!

 

 

Caylee is returning for her second summer at the Mahone Bay Museum. In the fall, she will be a Grade 12 student at Armbrae Academy. Caylee is a Mahone Bay local with a passion for history and she is very excited for another great summer at the Museum!

 

 

Skylar is thrilled to be joining us for the first time this year as a Collections Assistant. After graduating high school this summer, she will be furthering her studies at St. Thomas University. She plans to major in anthropology and minor in psychology. Her appreciation for artifacts, bundled with a love for her home town makes working at the Mahone Bay Museum a perfect experience.

 

Staff Hall of Fame!

Bronwyn was part of our 2017 team as our Collections Management Coordinator. She had just completed her first year in the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, and was excited to be moving to Mahone Bay for the summer.  With previous experience at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, which sparked a love of Canadian culture and local museums, Bronwyn was excited to share her enthusiasm and experience with museum guests!  She was looking forward to learning more about the local history of the area and putting her new skills to practical use in the museum’s collection.

Ben was part of our 2017 team as our Children and Scholastic Program Officer. In 2017, he was returning to work at the museum for his second year. Ben had recently completed his degree in History, with a Minor in Political Science, from Acadia University. Ben was returning to Acadia in the fall of 2017 to begin his Bachelor of Education and looks forward to becoming a teacher. He worked on improving the museum’s children programming and developing a new school program.

Amy was part of our 2017 team as a Children and Scholastic Program Officer. Amy had recently finished her third year at Acadia University with a major in Sociology and minor in History. Born and raised in the South Shore, Amy was excited to be home for the summer to work with locals, children, and visitors in the community during her first year at the museum.

Sarah was part of our 2017 team as a Community and Visitor Engagement Coordinator. Sarah is from Chester Basin, Nova Scotia and lived on a heritage property surrounded by ducks, chickens and sheep, while completing her Grade 12 year. She was attending St Francis Xavier University in the Fall of 2017 for their anthropology program. Sarah plans to pursue a career in museum curation and was looking forward to finding out what it’s really like to work in a museum.

Curtis was part of our 2017 team as a Junior Interpreter. Curtis had completed his grade 10 year at Park View Education Centre. He was a volunteer at the Museum in 2016 and was excited to be a part of the staff.. As an avid history buff, Curtis loves to blacksmith and collect antiques. In 2016, he represented Nova Scotia at Canada’s History Youth Forum in Ottawa. Curtis has always wanted to work at a museum and looks forward to learning more and sharing exciting things about the history of Mahone Bay.

 

 

Our 2016 Summer Students Staff

2016 was Katie’s second year at the Mahone Bay Museum, and she was excited to be back! Katie had just completed her second year at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she was studying to receive a BA Double Major in Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies. After that, she plans to continue her education in Ontario. At the museum, you could find her greeting guests, giving tours, and working with the collection. She enjoyed chatting with the museum visitors about the local area, where she grew up, and the history of Mahone Bay.

2016 was Ben’s first year at the Mahone Bay Museum as a Heritage Interpreter. Ben will be heading into his fourth year at Acadia University in the fall majoring in History, with a minor in Political Science. He is from Bridgewater and is hoping to learn more about the history of Mahone Bay this summer.

Sarah was part of our 2016 team as a Local Heritage Researcher. She had just graduated from the University of Toronto with Honours, majoring in Women’s Studies and minoring in History and Sociology. She was about to begin her graduate degree in Women’s Studies, focusing her research on First Nations women and children in Canada, this fall at Queen’s University. Sarah previously worked at a small museum in rural Saskatchewan and hopes to continue a career in heritage institutions. Originally from Toronto, Sarah was excited to learn about the history of the area and Maritime culture through her position as a Local Heritage Researcher at the Mahone Bay Museum.