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Indigenizing Galt

January 29, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Civic Museum was established in the 1960s to preserve and share this city’s local history. Since then, our founding story has been told through the narrative of the Canada Company. Founded by John Galt, who became its first Superintendent, the Canada Company is responsible for colonizing over two million acres of land on the shores of Lake Huron, now known as the Huron Tract. This version of our founding story implies that Galt established Guelph on unpopulated land and…

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Decolonizing Guelph’s Founding Story

January 29, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums. In the 1850s and 1860s, provincial and university-based museums were created across Upper Canada; however, after Confederation in…

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Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game

February 26, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Iroquois Nationals vs Team Canada, World International Lacrosse Championships, 2015

Dewa’áo’:gajíhgwa’e’ is the Cayuga Nation word for lacrosse, which has multiple meanings: “they play with webbed sticks” and “to throw or pass the ball” and “hitting their hips. Lacrosse was gifted to the Haudenosaunee Peoples (Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca) from the Creator at the time of Creation. Other Indigenous Nations have their own Creation stories, as well as different stories about how the game of lacrosse came to be. Today, many variations of the game are played across…

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Reading Galt

February 26, 2019 - September 13, 2020
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we strive to initiate dialogues and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all that we do at Guelph Museums.

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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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Rotary in Guelph 1920–2020: 100 Years of Service Above Self

February 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Rotary Club, 1921

Image: Rotarians of Guelph, 1921 The Beginning of Rotary in Guelph: On February 23, 1920, 25 local business leaders hosted a meeting to organize a Rotary Club in Guelph. Under the direction of Alex Stewart, the club held its Charter Night on April 9, 1920 at the Royal Canadian Café. The Rotary Club of Guelph has sponsored nine other Clubs in Guelph and the surrounding the region: Kitchener (1922), Orangeville (1936), Acton (1947), Drayton (1950), Georgetown (1955), Fergus (1966), Guelph…

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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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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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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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