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Glenbow Museum partners with Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. and Hall’s Auction Services Ltd. to sell deaccessioned North American Indigenous Studies objects. Money earned from the sale of artifacts to be placed in Alberta Historic Resources Fund to enhance future collections. Calgary, AB (May 24, 2011) – Glenbow Museum has selected Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd., working with Hall’s Auctions Services Ltd., to sell North American Native artifacts that have been deaccessioned (removed) from Glenbow’s collections. The first auction will take place in Calgary on May 31. Full details available at The removal of these objects from the collections is a natural result of reviewing, honing and improving the quality of Glenbow’s diverse collection to ensure that the Museum’s holdings stay relevant and widely available to the Alberta community and beyond. During the deaccessioning process, Glenbow has followed the provincial government’s protocol on deaccessioning and gone through a multi-stage approval process, both internally and externally, in collaboration with the provincial government. The goal of this project is to improve Glenbow’s storage capacity and allow for enhanced care of the core collections material. It also opens up opportunities for the acquisition of new artifacts that will enhance and deepen the quality of the Museum’s core collection. All the objects that are being put up for sale have been evaluated by Glenbow curators and relevant external experts to ensure that items that are uniquely important to local history remain in the core collection. Artifacts that have been deaccessioned are either not integral to our core collection; duplicates of other items in the core collection; lacking in provenance which prevents their effective use; or have never been on exhibit. Deaccessioned artifacts were first offered to other museums and Native groups in Alberta, and items that held significance for other organizations were transferred to them at no charge. During this process, Glenbow was able to transfer over 2000 items to other institutions and organizations in the province. The proceeds from the sale of deaccessioned artifacts will be placed in a fund, managed by the provincial government for the benefit of Alberta's historic resources. With the province's agreement, Glenbow will use the money to enhance its collections in the future. ABOUT GLENBOW MUSEUM Glenbow is a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof. One of Canada’s largest museums, Glenbow boasts more than 1 million artifacts, over 31 thousand works of art, approximately 100 thousand books and 2 million photographs in its vast collections. Created in 1966 through the generosity of founder Eric L. Harvie, Glenbow Museum is where intriguing stories from western Canada connect with extraordinary art and artifacts from around the world. For more information about Glenbow Museum, visit ABOUT THE AUCTION Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. is hosting the 187 lot auction on Monday, May 31st @ 7 PM. The public is invited to preview the artifacts being offered on Saturday, May 28th & Sunday, May 29th from Noon – 4 PM at the Hodgins showroom, 5240 1A St. SE. For more information about Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. and the auction, visit

-30Media contact: Jenny Conway Fisher, Manager Marketing & Communications, Glenbow Museum 403-268-4217 Auction contacts: Frank Hall, Kevin King, Kyra Lanis, Directors, Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. 403-252-4362