cana­dian His­tory Hall

Where Ottawa - - HERE & NOW - by paul ges­sell

More than 1,500 ar­ti­facts will fill the new Cana­dian His­tory Hall at the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory, open­ing July 1.

New ob­jects 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; an en­grav­ing from a wife or sweet­heart says: “The gift is small but love is all.” Know­ing the con­text of the ring stirs the imag­i­na­tion.

The Hall was reimagined to mark the coun­try's 150th birth­day. Be­gin­ning 15,000 years ago, the Hall tells Canada's story through mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and voices. As pres­i­dent and CEO Mark O’Neill puts it, “One’s hero can be an­other’s vil­lain. One’s tri­umph can be an­other’s tragedy.”

Here are four new and fas­ci­nat­ing ar­ti­facts:

Crow­foot Dag­ger

Black­foot Chief Is­apo-Muxika is pop­u­larly known as Crow­foot. He used this dag­ger against Cree and Crow war­riors. Later, Crow­foot be­came a man of peace; the dag­ger was sheathed, be­com­ing a sym­bol of Abo­rig­i­nal re­silience and adap­ta­tion. 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.

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