Ottawa House cheers NovaMuse.ca award

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Ottawa House museum archivist June Wagstaff visits website www.NovaMuse.ca, an online tool of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums that Ottawa House takes part in. The site recently received an award from the Canadian Museums Association.

PARRSBORO – Having contributed a lot to the site, the folks at Ottawa House museum are cheering the recent national award bestowed upon website NovaMuse.ca.

The popular online tool of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, which allows users to search through the collections of many Nova Scotia community museums, won an award of outstanding achievement at the recent Canadian Museums Association conference in Whitehorse.

Ottawa House archivist June Wagstaff, who has spent countless hours uploading images of artifacts and other information to the website, said being a part of the site has been great for the museum.

“The benefit we get from it is we are in line with other museums in the province,” she explained. “Being a part of this one big standardized system, which anybody can go on, gives us a lot of exposure. Anyone doing research for a family vacation can go online and see what we have here, and maybe decide to come and visit.”

Billing itself as a “collection of collections,” NovaMuse strives to connect these many collections with the public, regardless of each museum’s location or hours of operation. Users can not only search for information, but they connect with others, compare notes, and share their own knowledge.

Ottawa House pays an annual fee to be a part of the site, and plans to continue building on the online collection it displays there.

“The next step is to do our archival holdings,” said Wagstaff.

Organizations: Ottawa House, Association of Nova Scotia Museums, Canadian Museums Association Whitehorse.Ottawa House

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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