St. Catharines Museum Seeking Modern Postcards for a Very Fun New Exhibit

A Call-Out from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 1st, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario — The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is looking for a particular type of souvenir from residents’ latest vacation or travel stop.

The museum is currently gearing up to launch Just a Line to Say: Postcards from the St. Catharines Museum Collection.

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre Visitor Services Coordinator Adrian Petry shows off a few of the postcards that will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the museum, including a novelty postcard from Buffalo NY, sent to Violet Collins in St. Catharines in 1913. The museum is calling out to residents to submit their own postcards for the exhibit. Photo Courtesy of City of St. Catharines

This new exhibit, opening spring 2021, will feature historic postcards from the Niagara region and surrounding area, drawn from the museum’s collection.

With travel limited due to COVID-19, the hope is to feature resident-submitted postcards from trips anywhere in the globe as a sort of virtual glimpse of travel to compliment the archival pieces on display as part of the exhibit.

“In recent years, the historic postcards that helped promote St. Catharines in the early 20th century have become an important window to the past for many on social media, engendering a special sense of nostalgia for a time gone by,” said Supervisor of Historical Services Kathleen Powell, adding, “since we can’t really travel these days, that nostalgia extends to recent memory of the excitement of either going on a trip or receiving a postcard from a far-away place.”

Whether the postcard was received in the mail from someone on vacation, or collected as a souvenir on a recent trip, the museum invites the submission.

To submit a modern postcard to the exhibition for display, please contact Adrian Petry, visitor services coordinator at museum@stcatharines.ca .

Submissions are due by March 15, 2021. Additionally, after the exhibit launches, the museum will open a virtual portal of sorts for residents to share their postcards digitally.

For more information on the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre, click onhttps://www.stcatharines.ca/en/St-Catharines-Museum.asp

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