Approved Proposals

Community Memories Projects Supported for Investment in 2016

Note: Some titles are subject to change.

Bingo Hauser – Trading Fur for Iron

The Carnival Museum

Mid-20th century carnivals underwent profound change as fairgoers demanded more thrill rides. As a result, live performances, the mainstay of early carnivals, went into a slow decline, becoming less profitable. Trading Fur for Iron follows the evolution of modern carnivals through the life of lion-tamer Bingo Hauser, one of Canada’s greatest showmen.

Captain A. Roy Brown – A Reluctant Hero

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

This exhibit showcases the life of First World War flying ace Captain A. Roy Brown (1893–1944), a major figure in Canadian aviation history. Twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross while flying with the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force, he was a skilled combat pilot and an acknowledged leader among his fellow airmen.

Chilliwack’s Chinatowns – A History

Chilliwack Museum and Archives

This exhibit follows dual trials of arson in 1921 and 1934 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Based on the book by historian-detective Chad Reimer, Chilliwack’s Chinatowns profiles the historical characters and stories that shaped the city’s two Chinatowns before and after the devastating fires, and brings to life accounts of success, labour, leisure and family in Chinatown North and Chinatown South.

Coast Mountain Gothic – A History of the Gothic-Arch Mountain Hut

Whistler Museum

During the 1960s, the British Columbia Mountaineering Club designed and built a series of gothic-arch-shaped shelters to support alpine adventures in the Coast Mountain wilderness. The huts proved so successful that other outdoor clubs soon began to replicate them. Today, more than 20 of these huts have been built, serving as home base for a prolific array of adventures. This exhibit recounts the ingenious design, aesthetic charms, and rich mountain lore associated with these modest yet iconic structures.

Eel Fishing on the South Shore

Musée de la mémoire vivante

First Nations practiced eel fishing long before the arrival of the first colonists in New France. Because of the knowledge passed down by Aboriginals, the Côte-du-Sud region is home to a large number of historical eel-fishing fascines. Fishing techniques and the use of eels from early times to the present day will be explored in this exhibition via first-hand accounts.

Fernie’s Italian Pioneer Heritage (1880s to 1921)

Fernie Museum

This is the story of Italian immigrants who came to southeastern British Columbia’s Elk Valley to work in the rapidly developing industries of railway construction and coal mining. Although many suffered discrimination, they were determined to make a place for themselves and their families. This exhibit is also a reminder of the important contribution of the Italian community to the building of Fernie, as well as to the building of British Columbia and Canada.

Gold Rush: Stories of Big Mines and a Little Town Called Malartic

Musée minéralogique de Malartic

This story of the town of Malartic is a remarkable tale of two gold rushes, the displacement of two entire communities and a national mining tragedy. It willchronicle the 75 year history of a mining town that bears the marks of both the mine’s past and its future.

Growing Pains: The 1867 Crisis at Kingston General Hospital

Museum of Health Care at Kingston

This exhibit will recount a little-known event in Canadian history. In 1867, when an administrative error deprived hospitals of ongoing funding, and several hospitals were forced to close. The exhibit will describe how Kingston General Hospital faced the crisis and will illustrate how health care in the hospital of yesterday differs from health care in the hospital of today.

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

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre

On May 15, 1872, in the streets of Hamilton, large crowds jostled to watch the hundreds of workers who bravely took to the streets and marched through the city. On that day, Hamilton’s Nine Hour League and its 1872 parade signified a new way for workers to make their voices heard in the fight for a nine-hour workday and other workers’ rights. This exhibit will recount that historic event and show how the effects of the movement can still be felt today.

Life is an Expedition – Travelling Wemindji Cree Lands and Waters

Cree Nation of Wemindji, Culture and Wellness Department

Our Wemindji ancestors depended on their traditional Cree knowledge to survive, as they traveled our lands in every season to hunt and fish. Today we undertake different journeys while still respecting the old ways. This exhibit’s stories of travel and change introduce the Cree Nation of Wemindji, past and present.

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

Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Presented as part of the celebrations of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra’s 70th anniversary season in 2017–2018, this exhibit will trace the Orchestra’s development from a community ensemble founded in 1948, to a fully professional regional orchestra.

Rivière des Prairies and Rivière des Mille Îles: Their Impact on Regional Development

Centre d’archives de Laval

The Rivière des Prairies and Rivière des Mille Îles waterways have had a major impact on the lives of the residents of Jésus Island in the City of Laval, near Montréal. Over the years, the two rivers have had considerable influence on the economy and on recreational activities. This exhibition shows how the rivers have reflected the development of Laval’s communities.

Sir John A. and Lady Macdonald and Les Rochers, Their Summer Residence

Canadian Heritage of Quebec

Did you know that Sir John A. Macdonald — Canada’s first prime minister and one of the Fathers of Confederation — made Rivière-du-Loup the “Summer Capital of Canada”? Between 1872 and 1890, he and his wife spent every summer at their residence named Les Rochers. In its heyday, the house welcomed a parade of notable figures, but was later more or less forgotten. This exhibition helps visitors explore the property and its surroundings, along with the daily lives of the Macdonalds.

60th Anniversary of the Grimsby Co-Operative Housing Project – Homes and a Community Built by Owners

Grimsby Museum

The Grimsby Co-operative Housing Project is based on the Co-Operative Housing movement initiated in Nova Scotia. In the early 1950s, 200 families from Hamilton, Ontario, seeking to own their own homes, completed the Movement’s initial requirements. Among the original 200, 59 decided to build in Grimsby. The first homes were constructed from 1955 to 1956 and, 60 years later, some of the Project’s original members still live there. This exhibit focuses on the Co-operative Housing Movement, as demonstrated in the Grimsby experience.

The Footwear Industry in Contrecœur

Culture C

For many years, the footwear industry drove the economy in Contrecœur. Supported by the Papin, Charron and Cook families, it was an active employer from 1883 to 2004. Through photographs, documents and videotaped interviews, you will discover what life was like inside the factories and how footwear adapted to the new realities of the 20th century.

The Making of a Small Town – A Glimpse of Lumby’s Pioneers

Lumby and District Historical Society

Imagine what it was like to be a pioneer in a small rural town at the turn of the 20th century. What would your home look like? Where would you work? What would you do for fun? This exhibit travels back in time to explore the lives of three founding pioneer families, describing how their lives influenced the development of today’s Village of Lumby in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

The Story of Ste. Marie II

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

The story of Ste. Marie II is one of struggle, sacrifice, and change during one of the most significant periods in early Canadian history. Although the site was only occupied for one year, the events surrounding its construction, occupation and abandonment are fascinating. Using archaeology, oral history, and historical accounts, the fort and village of Ste. Marie II come to life through this exhibit, which will explore the complex relationships between the Jesuits and the Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples.

The Verdun Auditorium: A Source of Pride — Past, Present and Future

La Maison Nivard-De Saint-Dizier, musée et site archéologique

Get to know the oldest arena on the island of Montréal, along with key moments in its history. A legendary building in the borough of Verdun, over the past 75 years the Auditorium has hosted numerous events that have been a source of pride to the local community. Its unbelievable story will bring back many memories — some funny, some sad and all surprising.

The Women of Nistawoyou

Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre

This exhibit highlights the contributions of Aboriginal women leaders, past and present, in the Wood Buffalo Region. Through a century of considerable change, Aboriginal women left their mark on politics, health and the economy as business-owners, midwives, trappers and mentors. Members of a strong matriarchal culture, the women used their talent and ingenuity to play a key role in building vibrant and prosperous communities across the region.

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

The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

During and after the First World War, neighbourhoods in the city of London, Ontario were converted in places for collective commemoration and remembrance. This exhibit will map the homes of London families who mourned the loss of loved ones killed overseas in 1914–1918, along with cenotaphs and other commemorative sites located throughout the city today.

Town Park – A Community Storybook

Aurora Museum & Archives

Aurora’s historical Town Park is a carefully planned green space that, throughout its history, has been bordered by a mix of residential, industrial and commercial buildings. Through archival material, artifacts and community reminiscences, this exhibit explores the changing characteristics of Town Park, and its role as a community space.