“Through art, the relics of history, and the detritus of nature, we may glimpse the tapestry of the Grand Design —
—Dr. Mycenae T. Consonant
The purpose of this website is to share the progress of an ongoing project involving an inherited collection of artifacts and objects that once belonged to the (long-defunct) New Museum of the Pacific, a “dime museum” located in Piedmont, California, owned and operated by Dr. Mycenae T. Consonant. Remnants of the collection were cleaned and repaired as necessary, and now reside in The Repository of Wonders, a traveling exhibition that is maintained under the auspices of Chief Curator Susan Malmstrom, with assistance from Photographic Specialist/Assistant Curator Elizabeth Kenneday.
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Latest REPOSITORY news: We were honored to have an installation at the beautiful West Hollywood Library last Oct./Nov. Hope you made it to the show!
OTHER NEWS WORTH NOTING: Now that a sufficient period of mourning honoring the 100th anniversary of the death of founder Dr. Mycenae T. Consonant* has been observed, we are back at work accessioning and researching new exhibits; as well as to announce that the Repository has officially returned to its country and state of origin: California, U.S.A. This move was made after we had completed the research necessary to create our Natural Sciences Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with thanks to Arts Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Natural History Museum. Below are just a few sample photos of current exhibits that serve as evidence that the Nova Scotia Natural History Museum is in possession of artifacts that may have been part of Consonant’s original collection at the New Museum of the Pacific in Piedmont (ca. 1910).
*Consonant’s body was never recovered from the wreckage of the RMS Lusitania, torpedoed by the Germans in 1915.
Sample photos of current exhibits at Nova Scotia Natural History Museum, paired with archival photos of the (same?)
artifacts originally belonging to Dr. Mycenae T. Consonant:
Above: Otter, Nova Scotia Museum, 2014
Below: Otter in Basket, archive of The New Museum of the Pacific: A Repository of Wonders, ca. 1910
Above, left: Coyote, Nova Scotia Museum, 2014
Above, right: Coyote in Basement with Beer Case, archive of The New Museum of the Pacific: A Repository of Wonders, ca. 1910
Above, left: Falcon, Nova Scotia Museum, 2014
Above, right: Hooded Falcon, archive of The New Museum of the Pacific: A Repository of Wonders, ca. 1910
Quick link to see more of the Natural History Exhibition, click here.
If you have an object that you believe may have once resided in the New Museum of the Pacific, or have any information or photographs relating to Dr. Mycenae T. Consonant, or wish to be included on our e-list for our electronic quarterly newsletter, please let us know via our contact page.
Our staff works tirelessly—researching, archiving, and preparing objects for display as they are added to the Repository.
We hope that you enjoy your stay here; please return as often as you like.
—Susan Malmstrom, Chief Curator
Please note that the entirety of The Repository of Wonders is the copyrighted work of Susan Malmstrom and Elizabeth Kenneday. We are often imitated; never equaled.