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Growing Pains: The 1867 Crisis at Kingston General Hospital

Growing Pains: The 1867 Crisis at Kingston General Hospital

Museum of Healthcare at Kingston

For many Canadians, 1867 was a year of celebration. For others, however, it was a year of crisis. Unexpectedly deprived of federal funding, some public hospitals were forced to close. This is the story of Kingston General Hospital, and the community that...

Antoine Labelle—A Priest in Too Tight a Cassock

Antoine Labelle—A Priest in Too Tight a Cassock

Société d’histoire de la Rivière-du-Nord

Get to know one of the most colourful figures of his time. A passionate advocate of the settlement and economic development of the Laurentians, Father Labelle realized his ambitions as a builder with spirit and enthusiasm. Anecdotes, little-known facts,...

Topography of Grief – Mapping the Great War Dead in London, ON (1914–1921)

Topography of Grief – Mapping the Great War Dead in London, ON (1914–1921)

The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, MA Public History Program, UWO

Like many other Canadian cities, London, Ontario, felt the impact of the trench warfare fought in Europe between 1914 and 1918. The exhibit explores collective memory and individual grief by mapping homes in mourning, as well as official commemorative...

Île Jésus Follows the Pace of Its Rivers

Île Jésus Follows the Pace of Its Rivers

Centre d’archives de Laval

Discover a hidden side of Laval, on Montréal’s north shore, as you retrace the history of Île Jésus, shaped by two rivers: Mille Îles and des Prairies. The island was frequented by First Nations long before the arrival of settlers and the rise of...

The Verdun Auditorium: A Building of Stories, Memories and Pride

The Verdun Auditorium: A Building of Stories, Memories and Pride

Maison Nivard-De Saint-Dizier, museum and archeological site

The Verdun Auditorium, the oldest arena on the island of Montréal, is the pride of its community. Relive the surprising history of this iconic venue that has welcomed athletes, soldiers, rock groups, politicians, and film crews. You will see why it...

Hamilton’s Nine Hour League and the Nine Hour League Parade of 1872

Hamilton’s Nine Hour League and the Nine Hour League Parade of 1872

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre

In a time when the average workday could be 10 to 12 hours, six days a week, Hamilton’s Nine-Hour League was Canada’s first working-class organization dedicated to winning shorter hours. The League’s parade in May 1872 was the culmination of its...

Town Park: A Community Storybook

Town Park: A Community Storybook

Aurora Museum and Archives

As a casual meeting place, site of celebration, sports field and military establishment, Town Park has been a focal point in Aurora, Ontario, for more than 150 years. This exhibit shares the compelling story of a place that is much more than a...

The Story of a Manor

The Story of a Manor

Manoir seigneurial Fraser

Relive the history of a Rivière-du-Loup heritage treasure: the Fraser Manor. This stately home was occupied by the Fraser family for nearly 150 years. When it became vacant in the 1980s, the community came together to bring it back to life. The exhibition...

On the Down Beat: 70 Years of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

On the Down Beat: 70 Years of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Over the past 70 years, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra has evolved from community orchestra to professional ensemble. This exhibit celebrates the growth and transformation of one of the oldest cultural institutions in the Niagara Region, along with an...

Cobourg Harbour – A Story of Small Town Ontario, Settlers to Sailors, Car Ferries to Condos

Cobourg Harbour – A Story of Small Town Ontario, Settlers to Sailors, Car Ferries to Condos

Cobourg Museum Foundation

From swampy lakeshore to picturesque harbour, Cobourg’s waterfront has more than two centuries of stories to tell, reflecting its unique take on the development of southern Ontario. As the town grew, it welcomed immigrants, sailboats and steamers....

The Paper Mill Structures: Symbols of Vision and Innovation.

The Paper Mill Structures: Symbols of Vision and Innovation.

Destination North

Long a feature of waterfront communities across the country, paper mills in Canada are a dying breed. In Sault Ste. Marie, however, the former St. Mary’s Paper plant has been rejuvenated and redeveloped for the 21st century. In addition to exploring...

The Birth of Rouyn and Noranda: A Mining Story

The Birth of Rouyn and Noranda: A Mining Story

Corporation de la Maison Dumulon

In the 1920s, the discovery of copper and gold in northwestern Quebec caused a mining rush that led to the birth of twin towns: Rouyn and Noranda. The two emerged side by side from the northern woods, but developed very different personalities. Relive...

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