The County Canadiana Gallery
Start date: 20 May, 2017
End date: 1 October, 2017
Temporary Exhibition May 2017 to September 2017
With an estimated artifact collection of more than 10,000 pieces, Macaulay Heritage Park plans to create a "Canadiana Gallery" in the County, highlighting pieces that strongly represent Canadian identities, symbolism, achievement and pride. The collections on display will mainly span the time from Canadian Confederation in 1867 to Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967.
Not only will the exhibition be a destination unto itself, but the museum will also make it available as a backdrop for other community-based sesquicentennial programs and events happening in Prince Edward County.
The exhibit will focus on the following themes:
• Canada and Prince Edward County at the time of Confederation in 1867
• Canada and Prince Edward County at the time of Centennial Celebrations in 1967
Visitors should see this exhibit to understand both the differences and similarities between Canada presently and the nation’s earlier incarnations in 1967 and 1867 respectively.
The audience will be:
• Residents of Prince Edward County
• Visitors to Prince Edward County
The visitors may know the national narratives around Confederation and Centennial ‘67, but they might want to learn about the social climate and character of Prince Edward County during those eras. They will learn this through the presentation of material culture and collections, supplemented with interactive activities.
Exhibition contents will include interpretive panels, original artifacts, photographs and illustrations, maps, props and news stories.
Nature of the Project Reach
The completed exhibition will be presented in both official languages, and will appeal to both residents of Prince Edward County and tourists to the area.
The purpose of this project is to foster both community reminiscence and an appreciation of our national history.
We will be asking questions that measure general knowledge around Confederation, Centennial ’67 and Canada’s 150th.
The main thing the museum would like its visitors to understand after they visit is how national pride has both changed and remained the same in certain ways.
After visitors have seen the exhibit, the museum would like visitors to consider their own memories of Centennial ’67 if applicable, or be inspired to ask others about their respective memories of 1967…dig through family albums, scrapbooks and memorabilia to see the evidence of that time period. Also, everyone should ponder whether Confederation has mainly “worked” or “not worked” over the long term.