“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 Researcher & Archivist Wanda Waterman, and Photographic Specialist/Assistant Curator Elizabeth Kenneday.
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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Below are just a few sample photos of 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).
Sample photos of 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
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