His­tory Hall

Ottawa Magazine - - THIS CITY - BY PAUL GES­SELL

MORE THAN 1,500 AR­TI­FACTS

will fill the new Cana­dian His­tory Hall at the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory come July 1, 2017. Some of the ob­jects will be fa­mil­iar to mu­seum vis­i­tors. Oth­ers will be new. Some are on long-term loan from other mu­se­ums.

The new in­clude the sword be­lieved to have been car­ried by Sa­muel de Cham­plain on his 1615 voy­age past what is now Ot­tawa to the Huron com­mu­nity of Cahi­ague on Ge­or­gian Bay.

There’s also a plain brass ring owned by a Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany em­ployee in the 1600s at Fort Sev­ern, Ont.; an en­grav­ing from a wife or sweet­heart says: “The gift is small but love is all.” Know­ing the con­text of the ring brings it alive and stirs the imag­i­na­tion.

Here, six ar­ti­facts with fas­ci­nat­ing Cana­dian back­sto­ries that were not seen in the old Canada Hall, but will be in the new Cana­dian His­tory Hall.

A Rock Icon Randy Bach­man is Cana­dian rock roy­alty from The Guess Who and Bach­man-Turner Over­drive. He played “Takin’ Care of Busi­ness”, “These Eyes”, and other hits from the ‘60s to the ‘90s on this Gretsch Chet Atkins gui­tar model 6120.

Bishop of Baf­fin This Thule ivory carv­ing of a Norse­man wear­ing a cloak and cross was found on Baf­fin Is­land. It dates back to about 1350 and shows that Eu­ro­peans and In­dige­nous Cana­di­ans were trad­ing long be­fore Christo­pher Colum­bus “dis­cov­ered” the Amer­i­cas.

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