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February 2020

Every Child Matters

February 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - January 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Every Child Matters in white wrap text. There is a white feather to the left of the word "Every". Orange background.

Acknowledging the legacy of Canada’s Residential School system and its impact on Indigenous communities, past, present and future. What is Residential School? The term “Residential School” refers to the education system that forced Indigenous children into mainstream “Canadian” ways of living. The practice removed Indigenous children from their families, languages, customs, and traditional teachings. There were 139 Indian residential schools funded and operated by the federal government. Opened in 1828 and located only 50 kilometres from Guelph, the Mohawk Institute…

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March 2020

Guelph Circa 1999

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - February 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Ajay Heble standing in front of a paneled wall. He is wearing a dark suit jacket and a collared shirt.

Like a time capsule, visitors will discover Guelph of 20 years ago. Told through the stories of the people who spent time at The Bookshelf, a cultural hub in this city since 1973, the exhibition also features artifacts from the 1990s and early 2000s.

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Lay of the Land

March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - February 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Close up photo of an 1808 pocket globe featured in the Lay of the Land exhibition

You are here! This interactive exhibition will orient visitors in time and place through an installation of maps, spanning time immemorial to present day. Lay of the Land invites all visitors to understand our complex relationship to the land, past and present, and to the place that we now call Guelph. Cartography is the art, science, and technology of making maps, plans, charts, and globes. The earliest surviving map, drawn on a clay tablet found in the Middle East, dates…

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September 2020

Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County

September 15, 2020 - July 25, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photo grid featuring four trailblazing women of the Her Story exhibit. Gwen Jacobs, Adelaide Hoodless, Audny-Cashae Stewart, Kim Anderson

In fall 2019, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) approached Guelph Museums about an exhibition that would mark the 75th anniversary of CFUW Guelph. Through the stories of local women, who fought for the advancement of the status of women, the exhibition began to take shape. The goal was to write the history of Her Story and to share women’s legacies in Guelph, past and present. Then, in March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of Guelph…

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October 2020

Resonance: Guelph Chamber Choir at 40

October 27, 2020 - March 28, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photo of the Guelph Chamber Choir practicing. The large group is standing in a large semi-circle with their backs to the camera and are facing the conductor.

Experience the soul-stirring sounds of Guelph’s premier chamber choir through 40 years of recording and performance history. This exhibition shares the stories of the people whose lives have been touched by their involvement with choral music since 1980 and sets the stage for the next 40 years of Guelph Chamber Choir.

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November 2020

Liberation of Holland 1945: Trooper Clarence Oliver James

November 3, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Black and white snapshot. Large group of people standing on Wyndham Street watching a parade. Buildings in background. Banner across the street "Invest in the Best Buy Victory Bonds Now". Band is leading the parade.

Between 1939 and 1945, the Second World War was an international conflict fought on land, on sea and in the air. Canadian soldiers played a major role in the war, including many from Guelph. Some of Guelph's soldiers returned home, but many died in battle and as prisoners of war. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In remembrance of those who fought and died in the fight for freedom, Guelph Museums…

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Scholar, Soldier, Spy: Captain John Kenneth Macalister

November 3, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Black and white snapshot. Large group of people standing on Wyndham Street watching a parade. Buildings in background. Banner across the street "Invest in the Best Buy Victory Bonds Now". Band is leading the parade.

Between 1939 and 1945, the Second World War was an international conflict fought on land, on sea and in the air. Canadian soldiers played a major role in the war, including many from Guelph. Some of Guelph's soldiers returned home, but many died in battle and as prisoners of war. The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In remembrance of those who fought and died in the fight for freedom, Guelph Museums…

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Military Lecture – War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada

November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
A pile of airplanes and various military vehicles illustrated in black on an olive green background.

Guelph Museums’ 2020-2021 military lecture series is going digital!  Dr. Alex Souchen presents, War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada. War Junk reveals the complex political, economic, social, and environmental legacies of munitions disposal in Canada. During the Second World War, Canadian factories produced mountains of munitions and supplies, including some 800 ships, 16,000 aircraft, 800,000 vehicles, and over 4.6 billion rounds of ammunition and artillery shells. Although they were crucial to winning the war, these assets turned into…

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