The Friends of Markham Museum is a “not for profit” registered charity established by The City of Markham to be an advocate of the Museum within the community; to provide advice and recommendations to the Museum and to take a leadership role in developing a fund for the maintenance and enhancement of the Museum and Museum services and programs.
The directors of the Foundation are appointed from within the community and serve without remuneration.
The City of Markham is an award winning heritage community and Markham Museum represents a significant commitment to this cultural heritage.
The mission of Markham Museum is to make history relevant, accessible and enjoyable. It enriches the cultural life of our community by researching and preserving local history and by providing educational and entertaining programs and exhibits.
The mandate of Markham Museum is to study and collect the documentary and material heritage of the geographical area now known as the City of Markham from the earliest times to the present. Markham Museum takes an interdisciplinary approach to its subject matter, with exhibitions and programmes that include archaeology, history and science. The Museum presents exhibitions and programs reflecting the experiences of all citizens, from the earliest humans that made this area their home to the most recent arrivals. Its archival resources similarly offer the potential for research into the heritage of all City residents.
Key themes for the Museum include: settlement, industry, the natural environment and the interaction of these elements in daily life. All three themes are well supported in the existing collections and have been proven to effectively engage our traditional audiences and the newest members of the community.
The Friends of Markham Museum
The role of The Friends is as follows:
- To raise funds to support and promote the Museum and to assist the Museum with its programs.
- To assist the Museum with the formulation of policies, plans and strategies to ensure that the acquisition, collection and retention of artefacts is carried out with the intent that the cultural property and scientific specimens held by the Museum are meaningful to the largest, most diverse audience possible.
- To review the Museum’s ongoing collection holdings and make recommendations
- To work with the Museum to create strategies for the development of new exhibits and other interpretive facilities.
- To assist in the planning, development, funding and coordination of lecture series and historically themed events.
- To assist with the improvement of youth programming by the Museum.