ADMIRERS MAY COLLECT MANY POSSESSIONS FROM A FAMOUS PERSON, BUT A SINGLE OBJECT CAN AWAKEN MEMORIES OF ITS OWNER
Many Canadians will quickly connect Jacques Plante with his face mask, Mr. Dressup with the tickle trunk, Lester B. Pearson with his neckwear and Pierre Trudeau with his boutonnière. Dance lovers would certainly associate Karen Kain with her ballet slippers.
We preserve the fame of celebrities when we save items formerly owned by them; however, not everything represents them fairly. A crystal ball would not portray Mackenzie King's political skills, and a wheelchair fails to capture the courage of Rick Hansen.
1. Dress, worn by one of the Dionne Quintuplets. The dress is one of a set of five worn by the quintuplets during their first CBC broadcast in 1940. Canada, 1940. (994.13.4)
2. Deerskin coat believed to have been owned by Louis Riel. A man of many dimensions, Louis Riel today is regarded by some people as personifying the aspirations of Western Canada's Métis. This coat reflects that part of his heritage. Gift of the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. (E-111)