Heritage museums exist to tell a story and to preserve local history. It is the job of museum curators to make that history accessible to everyone who visits.
Dalnavert is the restored 1895 home of Hugh John Macdonald, son of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The home now functions as the Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre.
“Every once in a while, you come across something so fascinating, something that you could pass by every day and not realize what it is you're looking at, and that is what makes this job so interesting," Ines Bonacossa, collections registrar at Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre, says.
Bonacossa volunteered at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in collection management and as a tour guide. She got involved with Dalnavert as a tour guide in 2015 and has since become the collection registrar.
The Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre is located at 61 Carlton St. and is open during the day Wednesday to Sunday. Visit friendsofdalnavert.ca for more information.