Approved Proposals

Community Stories Approved Projects (2016)

Note: Some titles are subject to change.

Advance with Courage: Lord and Lady Aberdeen in the Okanagan Valley

Central Okanagan Heritage Society

In 1890, Scottish aristocrats Lord and Lady Aberdeen purchased land in the Okanagan Valley, sight unseen. Explore their profound impact on the Valley as they spearheaded commercial fruit cultivation and helped build the local community.

Anne Langton: An Anglican Church Woman in Fenelon Falls

St. James the Apostle Anglican Church

Relive early pioneer life in Upper Canada through the rediscovered diaries and sketches of Anne Langton, who arrived in the region in 1836, settled in Fenelon Falls, and helped build St. James the Apostle Anglican Church.

Charity and the Society Girls of Toronto: The Story of the Cradle Club of Women’s College Hospital

The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women’s College Hospital

Explore the history of women’s volunteer organizations in Canada through a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Cradle Club: a group of women volunteers who came together at the beginning of the 20th century to improve the quality of women’s healthcare in Toronto.

Church Bells of Yesterday and Today: An Artistic and Socioreligious History of the Churches of Vaudreuil-Soulanges

Société d’histoire et de généalogie de l’île Perrot

Visit the churches of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and discover their history, from their construction to today. At a time when these buildings and the works they contain risk disappearing, the exhibition will recall the role churches played in Quebec’s history at the social, community and artistic levels.

Crossing Cole Harbour: From Ferry to Dyke then Rail to Trail

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Explore the human history of Cole Harbour Marsh, from early Mi’Kmaq society to later agricultural, industrial and transportation activity. Criss-crossed over the centuries by canoe, ferry, dyke and rail, the Marsh is now part of the Trans-Canada Trail.

Education in Magog: Devoted Women and Men

Société d’histoire de Magog

This exhibition will trace the evolution of the education system in Magog, which was in keeping with the specific needs of the city’s Anglophone and Francophone communities. We will hear from teachers who have made a lasting impression on generations of young people, as well as from some of their former students.

François-Xavier Lachance: The Last Outstanding Representative of a Long Tradition of Wooden Shipbuilding in the St. Lawrence Estuary

Parc maritime de Saint-Laurent

This exhibition presents François-Xavier Lachance, the last representative of a long tradition of boat builders in Saint-Laurent-de-l’Île-d’Orléans. Discover the background of this master longboat builder, who also built highly sought-after pleasure craft for nearly 50 years. Governor General Vincent Massey conferred upon him the title of Best Longboat Builder in Canada.

Ingenious Coaticook

Musée Beaulne

Many people who were born or lived in Coaticook have made important inventions in various fields. This exhibition will help us discover those people and pay tribute to the little-known history of the inventiveness and creativity in Coaticook and of its citizens.

January 1998 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: At the Heart of the Great Ice Storm

Musée du Haut-Richelieu

The 1998 ice storm resulted from a meteorological phenomenon that brought 100 mm of freezing rain within the space of a few days, but also resulted in an exceptional show of solidarity. This exhibition will tell the story of the disaster by taking a look at the daily life of the people it affected, the work of the various tradespeople involved in the clean-up and the mutual aid network that emerged in the Upper Richelieu region.

John Philip Jackman: From Royal Engineer to Reeve

Langley Centennial Museum

Learn how the Royal Engineers shaped the country, as both engineers and as community leaders, through the life of Philip Jackman — who came to British Columbia in 1859 as a Royal Engineer, and later became Mayor of Langley.

Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft

Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

In wartime, soldiers often occupy themselves between battles by sketching or making objects from available materials — as showcased in this exhibition, which features extraordinary souvenirs made by Canadians from the Boer War to the present day.

Knee High by the First of July

Agassiz Harrison Historical Society

Corn lies at the heart of the Agassiz Harrison community. This exhibition explores the cultivation and development of a crop that has ultimately fuelled the region’s large and successful dairy industry.

Mount Hermon Cemetery: Memoirs of Superintendents

Société d’histoire de Sillery

Mount Hermon Cemetery and garden in Québec City was founded in 1848 and administered by the Treggett family for 149 years, , and is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Discover this fascinating place, the history behind it and its unique landscaping. The exhibition will allow you to visit the grounds through the eyes and memories if its superintendents.

Memories of 1942: Stories of the Almonte Train Wreck

North Lanark Historical Society

In 1942, a troop train and passenger train collided at the Almonte Train Station, resulting in 39 deaths and over 150 injuries. This exhibition explores one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history, and how local residents rushed to provide aid and comfort.

100 Years Ago in Abitibi: Tracing the Footsteps of Ivanhoë Caron, a Settler and Missionary

Société d’histoire d’Amos

Discover the work of Abbot Ivanhoë Caron, an important, but little-known, figure in the history of Abitibi. This clergyman who did not fear adventure was assigned the responsibility of settling the region from 1911 to 1924. The exhibition will focus on his life, his work and how he had to put his skills as a political strategist, organizer, publicist and inspector to good use to fulfill his mandate in spite of the many obstacles he encountered.

Paleontology on Vancouver Island: How one man’s passion for science, nature and learning inspired a community — with Graham Beard, collector and curator

Qualicum Beach Museum

Discover the paleontology of Qualicum Beach through some of the Museum’s world-class fossils, as well as through the story of retired local schoolteacher, Graham Beard, whose passion and knowledge continue to inspire the community and enthrall Museum visitors.

RetroSpectacle: The Kawartha Lakes from Anne Langton’s Sketches to Digital Photography

Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum

Through various visual media, this exhibition explores how the popular Kawartha Lakes region has been transformed over time. Once key to the fur trade, this area of cultivated natural beauty later became a nexus of forestry, farming and tourism.

The Origins of Pointe-aux-Outardes: Tracing Its Early Inhabitants

Archéo-Mamu Côte-Nord

Drawing on recent archaeological and historical research, the exhibition will paint a portrait of the early inhabitants of Pointe-aux-Outardes, in Quebec’s Côte-Nord region. You will discover who those people were, how they lived and how they survived from an Innu perspective.

The Paris Crew of Saint John, New Brunswick: Canada’s First International Sports Heroes

New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

On July 8, 1867, three fishermen and a lighthouse keeper from Saint John took the rowing world by storm when they won the coveted International Rowing Regatta in Paris. Discover the fascinating story of the famed Paris Crew, whose underdog victory galvanized a brand-new nation.

The RCAF in Claresholm During the Second World War

Claresholm Museum

This exhibition examines the role of Alberta’s Claresholm airbase during the Second World War, as one of several facilities built across Canada to train pilots for overseas service under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

Top-Secret War: London, Ontario’s Hidden Radar History

Secrets of Radar Museum

Discover the secrets behind London, Ontario’s highly classified Allied radar program during the Second World War. This exhibition presents and celebrates the city’s significant but little-known contributions to the advancement and use of radar technology.

The Tour de la Gaspésie: 90 Years of Discovery

Jardins de Métis

Enjoy a Tour de la Gaspésie and discover the origins of this mythical sightseeing circuit. The exhibition will show how the road that encircles the Gaspé Peninsula contributed to the development of eastern Quebec’s tourism industry and economy. It will also take a look at the famous people who have made the circuit and the different organizations it has helped create.

Times, Times, Times!

Placentia West Heritage Committee

Through the memories of local residents, this exhibition describes the observation of special days from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. Collectively referred to as “times,” each celebration had specific customs, many of which have since been abandoned or forgotten.