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Gatineau (Quebec)/Canadian-Media: Established in 2014 Canadian History Museum promotes Canadian history as well as civic engagement and mutual respect among Canadians, media reports said.
Canadian History Museum. Image credit: Museum website
Canada became a home to immigrants from France, England, Scotland, Ireland, the United States (more than 50,000 Loyalists fled as a result of the American Revolution), Germany and other parts of Europe. Owing to the large geographical area of Canada over which they were spread and the absence of a strong central governing structure, the individual cultural identities of these settlements from the Atlantic shores to the Great Lakes are maintained and preserved.
Canada’s material history reflects the origins and richness of its earliest settlements. Our objective, as collectors, was to select pieces that could bring this country’s material history to life and illuminate our roots as a country: John and Heather Harbinson
This online exhibition was created by the Canadian Museum of History through the generous support of John and Heather Harbinson.
Heather Harbinson and John Harbinson. Image credit: History of Museum
Assembly of the John and Heather Harbinson Collection was done between 1967 and the 1990s that would lead to exploring and explaining Canada’s roots and the story of our material heritage with threefold criteria: the quality of design; condition and provenance through the record of makers and owners, as well as social context and use.
In the first category of exploration of the Harbinson Collection is Ontario Furniture – York Region and East 14 items are displayed which reflect the cultural roots of the two principal immigrant groups that settled in the York Region in the 1800s.