The Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada collaborate on new exhibition galleryDecember 5, 2016
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Gatineau, Quebec, December 5, 2016 — The Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are proud to announce a partnership agreement to create the Treasures From LAC gallery within the Museum. The gallery will showcase some of Canada’s most historically significant documents from LAC’s collections, making them more accessible to Canadians and enhancing public understanding of Canada’s history and heritage.
The partnership agreement was signed today by Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History, and Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. The agreement calls for the gallery to feature one special exhibition a year for the next five years. Each exhibition will feature a separate selection of treasures from LAC’s unrivalled collections. The exhibitions will be curated by the Museum in collaboration with LAC and may also feature objects from the Museum’s collections.
“This agreement marks an exciting new chapter in the close and long-standing relationship between the Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada,” said Mark O’Neill. “It will give Museum visitors unprecedented access to some of Canada’s foundational documents, and will help the Museum and LAC fulfill their mandates as national memory institutions.”
“The Canadian Museum of History attracts record numbers of visitors. Our partnership will build on this remarkable achievement by allowing Library and Archives Canada to share the treasures from its collection with the numerous Canadians who visit the museum every year”, remarked Dr. Guy Berthiaume.
Many of the documents showcased in the gallery will be referenced in the Canadian History Hall, a new exhibition opening July 1, 2017 at the Canadian Museum of History. The LAC documents, captivating in their own right, will complement the Hall and add greatly to the visitor experience.
The first exhibition in the Treasures From LAC gallery at the Museum is scheduled to open in April 2017.
Treasures from LAC is the result of a partnership between Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of History.
About the Canadian Museum of History
Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Canadian Museum of History welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum’s principal role is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity, as well as to enhance Canadians’ awareness of world history and culture. Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.
About Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to acquire and preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, processing, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.
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