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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The documents in this exhibition – manuscripts, printed books, engravings, and photographs – tell the story behind the making of a nation. On these pages may be found the record of our ancestors’ efforts to understand the majesty and wealth of this land and its waterways; the interaction between colonists and the First Nations, the legacy of which remains problematic to the present; and the tension between French and English which has so often threatened to tear apart the national fabric. But in these works may also be found something of the hope that is a constituent part of our national character – a character born as a result of these various struggles.
Featured documents will include the first depiction of Niagara Falls, found in Louis Hennepin’s Nouvelle decouverte d’un tres grand pays situé dans l’Amérique from 1697; Owen Stanley’s Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of the N.W. Passage in H.M.S. Terror from 1836; a 1647 copy of the ‘Jesuit Relations’ dealing specifically with Huronia; a 1710 petition by the Hudson’s Bay Company to Queen Anne for the restoration of their charter lands; manuscripts from the Rebellions of 1837; the principal documents from Charlottetown and Quebec that ultimately led to the BNA Act; a rare copy of the proclamation of Confederation, as well as personal letters, photographs, maps, and prints.
This free exhibition will be curated by Pearce Carefoote of the Fisher Library.
Dates/times: Until Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday to Friday; Thursday, to 8 p.m., during term)
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