To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building.
Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. Catharine Wilson presents, The Heart of Canada: From barn raisings to quilting bees, events that define rural life in Canada
Doors open at 6:30 PM with lecture beginning at 7 PM. Admission by donation.
Catharine Wilson holds the Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History at the University of Guelph. She has had a life-long passion for Rural History which she teaches in the History Department. Her current research is on “Bee-ing Neighbours,” the study of exchange work. She is also the coordinator of the Rural History Roundtable, a speakers’ series now in its fifteenth year, and Founder and Director of the Rural Diary Archive, https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/.
Photo: Barn at L8 C6 N quarter of Shalf, 1912 Albert Main. Courtesy of S. S. Main Photographic Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University of Guelph.
May 10 Beth Parker, From the Ground Water Up: Exploring the role of water in building Canada and the impact on our future.
June 14 Truth and Reconciliation Panel Discussion: Rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.
July 12 Kris Inwood, Making Sense of our Nation: Using the census and historical data to explain who we are and how we live.
August 9 Jeff Thomason, Horse Power: Building Canada on the backs of horses.
September 13 Lawrence Hill, Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history
October 11 Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity
November 8 Why Research Matters, Canada’s Global DNA Detectives panel discussion
December 13 James Raffan, Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song