Third edition

2020 – 20 new objects, 1 theme

Second edition

2019 – 32 new objects

First edition

2018 – 28 objects

Adopt an Artefact 2020

A Night at the Opera

We are proud to announce the launch of the third edition of our Adopt an Artefact 2020 fundraising program!

In order to allow us to pursue our goal of preserving and disseminating the rich cultural heritage that tells the story of our region, we are offering the opportunity for everyone to adopt an artefact from the Museum’s collection for a period of one year.

Every person who adopts will have the chance to share an anecdote related to the history of the object or its adoption and will be able to come and admire ” their ” artefact exhibited in one of the rooms of the Colby-Curtis Museum starting from September 15, 2020.

The theme for this third edition is A Night at the Opera. All new objects in this edition relate to this theme, to recreate an evening of Jessie Maud Colby preparing to go to a musical performance at the Haskell Opera House in Rock Island, at the turn of the 20th century.

This year, our Adopt an Artefact fundraising program is:

  • A total of 80 artefacts to adopt or re-adopt;
  • 20 new artefacts ready for adoption;
  • An original theme and …
  • Several mystery artefacts!

To adopt an artefact, see our catalogue here and call 1-819-876-7322.

We look forward to meeting you for an adoption!

New objects

71-Hat box, early 20th century

In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, hats as fashion accessories were at the height of their popularity and wealthy people owned several ones. When not in use, they were stored in round boxes. During their trips, travellers would bring their...

80-Curling iron, 19th century

It is to the French hairdresser Marcel Grateau that we owe the popularization of the modern curling iron in the second half of the 19th century, especially with stars attending his salons in Paris and then in London. The curly wave style was then so closely associated...

74-Screen, 19th century

Since ladies of a certain social rank could not dress entirely on their own, especially to tighten their corsets, the use of the three-panel screen allowed them to maintain their privacy when putting on their underwear. In the 19th century, it was also customary to...

69-Theatre program, 1915

This theatre program announces a performance which took place in 1915 at the Haskell Opera House, the play Miss Fearless & Co. This play, whose subtitle indicates that it is “a comedy in three acts for female characters only”, was written in 1905 by Belle Marshall...

78-Vanity, mid-19th century

A piece of furniture used by women during grooming, this cherry wood vanity features a swivel mirror and secret drawer at the front. The vanity is revival-rococo style, visible in the many flourishes and intricacy of the serpentine woodwork. This piece of furniture...

61-Map of Lake Memphrémagog, 1890

This map of Lake Memphremagog is the work of Marie A. Kuhnel. It is drawn in black and sepia ink and lead pencil, and is enhanced with blue and brown watercolours. The drawing and calligraphy are precise and very fine, which testifies to the high level of skill of the...

70-Nails file, circa 1940

Having well-groomed fingernails is an important upper-class social norm, and there is a plethora of objects assigned to their care. In keeping with the spirit of the times, these accessories are ornate and reflect the taste of their owner. This nail file has a...

72-Bustle, late 19th century

Worn by women on their back and hidden under the petticoat, the bustle is used to give fullness to a dress. Usually made of metal covered with rope and fabric, the bustle and its variations were in use until the early 20th century, when women's fashion turned to...

62-Cane, late 19th century

Until the beginning of the 20th century, the cane was an important accessory in men's fashion, replacing the sword as an attribute of the gentleman. Less frequently, it was also a feminine accessory. Worn for stylistic rather than practical reasons, the cane evolved...

76-Necklace, first half of the 20th century

This elegant silver necklace is set with dozens of pieces of mother-of-pearl surrounding an oval amethyst, a stone that has always connoted nobility and distinction. The simplicity of the design, without the intricate flourishes characteristic of the Victorian era,...

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