Thursday, 9 April 2015



Hello, faithful Musings readers. My name is Madeline and I have been writing the Museum Mysteries and Conservation Tips and Tricks columns for the last several months as a Contributing Editor, but I now write to you as Musings' incoming Editor in Chief.

Madeline Smolarz, Musings' Editor in Chief 2015-2016. Photo Credit: Sonia Duda.

It has been a sincere pleasure being a part of the Musings' team for the last year. Everyone has been immensely supportive of one another since last September, Professor Irina Mihalache has been a wonderful advocate of the blog, and the stellar content produced by both our first and second-year contributors never ceased to amaze me. As the second-years graduate, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and mentorship; you've truly set the bar high and have inspired the rest of the team to do their very best.

That being said, Musings will be on hiatus for the remainder of the month as our remaining first year (soon to be second year) Contributing Editors take a much-needed break. Some of us are even preparing to start summer internships which range from here in the Greater Toronto Area all the way overseas in the United Kingdom.

Good luck to everyone pursuing a summer internship! Source.

However, there is much to look forward to starting on May 4, which is when we will be back with our summer content schedule, consisting of reduced posting (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only rather than every week day). A few new columns will be initiated, some specially created for the summer. Look out for Historic Kitchen, Internship Check-In, and New Student Hints among others!

Anyone familiar with Carolyn Blackstock's 366-day adventure cooking from this book? Contributor Leah will be experimenting with historic recipes too starting in May. Source.

Finally, I would like to wish a heartfelt goodbye and good luck to our outgoing Editor in Chief Jaime Clifton-Ross, who wrote her final post two days ago. You will be sorely missed and the Musings team is indebted to you for all you have done for the blog over the last two years. From getting the new website up and making it the beautiful blog it is today to writing unforgettable articles, you've been the heart of Musings and it's ultimate champion. A million thank yous, Jaime.

And of course, thank you for your continued loyalty and readership. Please remember to like us on Facebook and / or follow us on Twitter in the meantime so you are the first to know when we begin to post again next month. Have an enjoyable April and we look forward to continuing the museum conversation with you soon!

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