Publishing has been an activity of the Canadian Museum of History since its founding in 1856 and proudly continues with new publications every year, including popular books on Canadian history, short souvenir catalogues of our world-class exhibitions and academic books in our renowned Mercury Series. Through this rich collection, we hope to bring the Museum a bit closer to our fellow Canadians and to interested readers around the world.
Rebellion and Confederation
By Jean-François Lozier
On July 1, 1867, Confederation was proclaimed, capping a 30-year journey for a society in transition. Meet the people who fought, negotiated and compromised to coexist. Discover the pivotal moments leading to Canada’s birth.
Fighting in Flanders
Gas. Mud. Memory.
By Mélanie Morin-Pelletier
From the opening movements of the First World War, most of Belgium was occupied by German forces. This souvenir catalogue explores how Canadians in Belgium had to adapt to the significant challenges ― from the first use of poison gas in the Second Battle of Ypres to the hellish mud of Passchendaele.
The Empress of Ireland
By John Willis
One foggy night in May of 1914, two ships collided on the St. Lawrence River. The Empress of Ireland, with 1,477 souls aboard, sank in less than 15 minutes. An estimated 1,012 people perished. This souvenir catalogue helps bring to life stories of loss and rescue, despair and bravery that were all part of the greatest maritime disaster in Canadian history.
Petun to Wyandot
The Ontario Petun in the Sixteenth Century
By Charles Garrad
Edited by Jean-Luc Pilon and William Fox
Charles Garrad’s unique work resurrects the memory of the Petun and traces their route from their creation myth to their living descendants scattered from southwestern Ontario to Kansas and Oklahoma.
Old Man’s Playing Ground
Gaming and Trade on the Plains/Plateau Frontier
By Gabriel Yanicki
This book presents Old Man’s Playing Ground as a nexus for cultural interaction and trade, through the medium of gambling and games, on the natural frontier between peoples of the Interior Plateau and Northwest Plains.
Canadian Art of the First World War
By Amber Lloydlangston and Laura Brandon
This souvenir catalogue showcases 56 oil paintings, watercolours, prints and sketches by 52 artists in full colour. As they did when they were produced, these works help us understand and appreciate the unprecedented contributions and sacrifices Canadians made between 1914 and 1918.
A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix
By Laura Brandon
Group of Seven painter A. Y. Jackson and German artist Otto Dix incorporated the brutal horrors that they saw as soldiers on the First World War front lines into their later landscape art. This souvenir catalogue traces the impact of the First World War on both artists’ careers. It includes 44 full-colour images of landscape paintings, drawings and prints, some never before seen in Canada.
The Grand Hall
First Peoples of Canada’s Northwest Coast
By Leslie Tepper
Explore the Aboriginal cultures of Canada’s Pacific Coast through this richly illustrated souvenir catalogue of the Museum’s Grand Hall. Discover ancient and contemporary works of Northwest Coast art found in every aspect of daily life. Soaring totem poles and magnificent house front paintings draw attention to the vaulted ceiling and stunning architecture of the Grand Hall itself.
By Bianca Gendreau
Snow. A source of passion, creativity and ingenuity — what would Canada be without it? This souvenir catalogue includes over 60 images – from epic snowstorms to satirical cartoons – that reveal how snow has shaped the Canadian identity. You’ll never look at winter the same way again.
Du coq à l’âme
L’art populaire au Québec
By Jean-François Blanchette
Through photographs, interviews and original research, this book is designed to improve awareness of the cultural and social history of folk art, while showcasing the work of little-known Quebec artists. Du coq à l’âme seeks to define Quebec folk art, while also examining everything from its traditional forms, often centuries old, to its most recent and unbridled form of expression: graffiti.
Peace – The Exhibition
By Amber Lloydlangston and Kathryn Lyons
This souvenir catalogue captures the rich history of peace in Canada through more than 50 images and a chronological account of key historic episodes. It invites all Canadians to better understand peace as a force for action and change in our past, and as an ongoing narrative today.
By Mauro Peressini and Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique
This souvenir catalogue features over 60 beautiful photographs of artifacts from Vodou, the exhibition. They reveal the vibrancy of a living, complex spiritual tradition shaped by Haiti’s turbulent past.
The publications listed on this site are available and in print. They are currently arranged according to year of publication, but will soon be presented and searchable by subject or collection. Digital editions of all in print publications will also soon be available. For older publications and selected digital editions, please search the Library Catalogue.