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People who made the difference.

  Dr. Harry O. McCurry  photo

Harry O. McCurry

Harry O. McCurry was the first CMA President, serving from 1947 to 1950. He was also Director of the National Gallery of Canada from 1939 to 1955. McCurry was married to former Lady Figure Skating Champion of Canada (1922 and 1923) Dorothy Lampman.

McCurry wrote a letter to Alice Johannsen Turnham on November 29th, 1946 stating:

“As you know I have always felt that a Canadian Museums Association is essential to the proper development of a Canadian museum service and I hope you feel the same way. I was astonished to hear from one prominent curator, that he thought we ought not to form an association of our own but to link up with the U.S.A. I am all for most cordial cooperation with the American Museums Association in every way but we need an organization of our own to deal with problems which are particularly Canadian.”

(Muse v. XIV/4-XV/1, 32)

Alice Johannsen

Alice Johannsen was a founding member of the CMA, serving as its first woman president from 1959 to 1961. She was the head of the McCord and Redpath Museums of McGill University in Montreal for many years. Johannsen was also the manager and daughter of famed skier Herman-Smith “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, the man who introduced Nordic skiing to Canada.

  Alice Johannsen   photo
  Donald Crowdis  photo

Donald Crowdis

Donald Crowdis, from Nova Scotia, was a founding member of the CMA and served as President from 1965 to 1967. He began work at the Nova Scotia Museum, eventually becoming its director and developing the Nova Scotia Museum System. Crowdis was also a guest host of The Nature of Things in its early years.