Seventy Years of Canadian Children’s Television
Made-in-Canada children’s television debuted in 1952, with the French-language show Pépinot et Capucine, and the English-language show Let’s See, featuring Uncle Chichimus and Hollyhock. Indigenous programming would follow with shows such as the long-running Takuginai.
Over the years, beloved television characters such as Mr. Dressup, Johnny the Lemming, Passe-Partout, and Dana have inspired children to use their imaginations and connect with their communities, while also teaching them to read, write, count and sing.
This new exhibition, developed by the Canadian Museum of History, features nearly 100 innovative made-in-Canada television shows in English, French and Indigenous languages. The exhibition also explores the thorny issues of adolescence in programs such as Degrassi and Watatatow.
In addition to multiple clips from favourite shows, the exhibition includes many original costumes, puppets and images, along with content exploring the evolution of children’s television.
It’s a must-see exhibition certain to delight everyone, from the very young to the young at heart.
An exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada and with the participation of Télé-Québec.
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