About FRAMS

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) is a registered charity and not-for-profit membership organization that promotes and supports engagement with the Royal Alberta Museum, one of Canada’s leading heritage institutions.

Who Are We?

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society was established in 1982. FRAMS is comprised of a volunteer board of directors and general members. FRAMS is involved in fundraising and friend-raising, acquiring artefacts to expand the museum’s collections, and providing a community in which all Albertans may engage with their museum.

Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society’s primary role is to serve as a dynamic link between the museum and the community through the following programs:

  • Go! Program
  • Indigenous Student Museum Internship Program (ISMI)
  • Dining with Friends
  • Museum After Dark
  • Discovery Fund

Our Mission

FRAMS supports and enhances the goals of the Royal Alberta Museum through a mutually beneficial relationship. This relationship focuses on:

• Building a dynamic community in support of the Royal Alberta Museum’s objectives of education and research.

• Augmenting the Royal Alberta Museum’s objectives through public engagement by reaching and inspiring Alberta’s communities; celebrating historic moments, and gifting artefacts of significance to Alberta’s heritage.

• Supporting access to the Royal Alberta Museum through our Go! Progam.

FRAMS is a member of The Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM).
The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society is registered with Canada Revenue Agency.
 
 

The idea of establishing the Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society originated in 1982 to support the museum.

As a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (1983), FRAMS assists the museum with the collection, preservation and interpretation of Alberta’s rich heritage.

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society has assisted the Royal Alberta Museum in procuring historical, cultural and scientific artefacts of significance to Alberta, to Canada and to the world.

The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS) supported the following museum acquisitions:

  • Robert Bell Collection
  • Columbia Mammoth Cast
  • Pelicans Diorama 
  • Southesk Collection
  • Milton and Cheadle plate Over the Mountain, To Jasper House
  • Allosaurus skull cast
  • Alex Janvier’s Blood Tears painting

2017

  • The Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society celebrates 35 years.
  • FRAMS launches inaugural International Museum Day panel discussion.
  • The Friends expands the Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program.
  • World renown palaeontologist Philip J. Currie agrees to speak at FRAMS 35th anniversary Annual General Meeting.

2016

  • The museum was closed, but FRAMS still ran Dining with Friends and Talk & Tour as well as the Indigenous Student Museum Internship (ISMI) program.
  • FRAMS took advantage of the museum’s closure to create plans for our new role in the new museum.

2015

  • Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society purchased Alex Janvier’s painting Blood Tears for the residential schools exhibit in the new museum’s Human History Gallery.

2013

  • FRAMS purchased the Allosaurus skull cast for use in the museum’s Discovery Room.

2012

  • FRAMS celebrated its 30th anniversary with the Best Buddy Contest in partnership with the Royal Alberta Museum.
  • FRAMS purchased the Milton and Cheadle plate Over The Mountain, Near Jasper House for the museum’s permanent collection.

2011

  • FRAMS continued as the major sponsor of the museum’s Discovery Room educational programs.
  • FRAMS partnered with the TELUS Edmonton Community Board to provide the largest GO! Program day pass distribution through numerous social service agencies.
  • Collaborated with the Royal Alberta Museum, former CFRN television employees, and the Edmonton Community Foundation to acquire and restore the Sunwapta Totem Pole for conservation.

2010

  • FRAMS became the major sponsor of the museum’s Discovery Room educational programs.

2008 and 2008

  •  FRAMS sponsored the first ever Museum Summer Camps at the Royal Alberta Museum in partnership with the Community Initiatives Program (CIP).
  •  FRAMS was the major sponsor of Museum School.
  • Introduction of Talk & Tour, a new curator-led tour series for FRAMS members and their guests.

2007

  • On celebration of FRAMS’ 25th anniversary and Royal Alberta Museum’s 40th year, FRAMS accepted a $1.25 million leadership gift from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) in support of the Wild Alberta Gallery.
  • In 2007, FRAMS became the major sponsor of the Museum School educational program, which opened in 2001.
  •  FRAMS assisted with the purchase of and sponsored the exhibit opening for the Southesk Collection.

2004

  • The GO! Program was initiated to ensure all Albertans may access the museum by distributing free passes through social agencies.
  • Sponsorship by the society of the Pelicans Diorama in the new Wild Alberta Gallery.

1997

  • FRAMS assisted with all phases of the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture.

1992

  • The society purchased a hybrid cast of a Columbian Mammoth for $25,000 USD on the occasion of the museum’s 25th birthday.

1989

  • FRAMS acquired the Robert Bell Collection for the Royal Alberta Museum.

1983

  • The Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society is registered as a charity.

1982

  •  The Friends of the Provincial Museum of Alberta Society was established under the Societies Act.

A volunteer board of directors oversees the Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS). Each director is elected for a two-year term, for a maximum of three terms. Each director also serves on at least one FRAMS committee, with each committee being chaired by a FRAMS director. Directors are also community ambassadors, working to generate increased positive awareness of FRAMS and the Royal Alberta Museum.

All FRAMS members in good standing are invited to volunteer for FRAMS by sitting on committees, helping with fundraising events, and providing advice and assistance when needed.

The FRAMS Annual General Meeting is held in June, as the society’s official birthday is celebrated June 28.

The FRAMS office is located at the Royal Alberta Museum, and the FRAMS Administrator can be reached at: 780-453-9103 or at: frams.office@gmail.com.

2017-18 EXECUTIVE

President: Chris Radojewski
Vice-President: David Dickinson
Vice-President: Joan McCollum
Treasurer: Wendy Hiew
Secretary: Louise Charach

2017-18 DIRECTORS

Kelley Abercrombie
Drew Delbaere
Mary Marshall
Norma McElhone

Immediate Past President: Peggi Ferguson-Pell (ex officio)

FRAMS is indebted to those individuals who have provided their volunteer leadership in the past, as well as to all former members of the FRAMS Board of Directors and committees for their commitment and support to the Royal Alberta Museum.

 

FRAMS Past Presidents

2012-16 Peggi Ferguson-Pell
2011-12 Marla J. Daniels
2010-11 Kim Lynch-Staunton
2009-10 Marla J. Daniels
2006-09 Godfrey Huybregts
2004-06 Jane Styles
2003 Jean Crozier and Michael Dale
2002 Michael Dale and David Cooper
2001 John Thomas and Jean Crozier
2000 Geoffrey Ho and John Thomas
1998-09 William Preshing
1997 A. Dennis Herbert
1996 Jim Steele
1995 A. Dennis Herbert
1991-94 Mike Sword
1988-90 Orville Stevenson
1986-87 Ron Whistance-Smith
1985 Meg Davidson
1984 Jennifer Head