canadian History Hall
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:
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.