The stories and perspectives of children have long been overlooked by the history books—but a new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is shifting the narrative. With a collection of 36 artifacts including photographs, archival documents, and works of art, A Little History will examine some of the most significant events of Canadian history through the eyes of its youngest citizens.
“Children’s experiences are too often absent from our history books, and finding evidence of their stories is not easy,” says Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “Thanks to the rare and outstanding pieces from the collections of Library and Archives Canada, visitors will enjoy a unique perspective on moments in Canadian history, as seen through the eyes of children.”
Visitors can see letters written by Mary Macdonald to her father, Sir John A. Macdonald, as well as portraits of Louis Riel’s children, and even a photograph of David Suzuki and his sisters in a Japanese internment camp.
A Little History is the second exhibition from Treasures from Library and Archives Canada, a special series created through a partnership between the Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada. Announced last year, the partnership will present five exhibitions over the course of five years to showcase the best of their respective collections and share important stories from Canada’s history.
This exhibition runs from March 30, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at the Canadian Museum of History.
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