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Black-and-white photograph of a man smiling059: Tom Longboat is Cogwagee is Everything
December 23, 2019
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Explore the extraordinary life of Six Nations Indigenous runner Cogwagee, also known as Tom Longboat.
 
Black-and-white photograph a man at war writing a letter058: Canada's Continuing Memory
November 19, 2019
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On today's episode, we will explore how LAC acquires this documentary heritage through donations, purchases and through the transfer of government records, by focusing on some Second World War items recently acquired by LAC.
 
Black-and-white photograph of two men in front of a microphone.057: Upcoming Episodes, 2019-2020
November 7, 2019
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2019 has been an exciting year for us as we continue to work for you, showcasing the amazing items in our collection and the fascinating stories behind them. We wanted to give you a quick rundown on some of the things we have planned in the upcoming months.

 
Black-and-white photograph of Bill Miner's mugshot. In the top-left corner of the main photograph is a smaller profile image of him.056: Bill Miner: Last of the Old Time Bandits
August 28, 2019
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On May 8th of 1906, three armed and masked men held up the Canadian Pacific Railway's Transcontinental Express, at a place called Duck's Station, 17 miles east of Kamloops in British Columbia. It was a botched robbery to say the least. The bandits ordered the engine and mail car uncoupled, and moved the train a mile down the track. Realizing that the safe containing 35,000 dollars in gold had been mistakenly left behind in the second express car, which was still attached to the main passenger cars, they started going through the mail sacks. Overlooking a bag containing over 40,000 dollars in cash, they ended up with only 15 dollars and 50 cents, and a bottle of liver pills. The holdup set off one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history. One of the men being hunted, was the notorious Bill Miner, the last of the old-time bandits…

 
Colour image of a puppet that resembles Prime Minister John Diefenbaker055: Prime Ministers and the Arts
June 27, 2019
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A new exhibition, curated by LAC employees Madeleine Trudeau and five time podcast guest Meaghan Scanlon, weaves artwork, artifacts, documents, objects, portraits and photographs together to reveal a less formal, but equally fascinating side to our former Prime Ministers. The overarching theme of this exhibit is Prime Ministers and their relationship with the arts.

 
Black-and-white drawing of a vehicle resembling a flying saucer. There are various annotations, measurements and dimensions written on the paper.054: UFOs at LAC: The Falcon Lake Incident - Part 2
May 29, 2019
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We unravel Canada's most infamous UFO case with the help of Stephan Michalak's son, Stan, and Canadian UFO expert and author, Chris Rutkowski. Also, Palmiro Campagna, an accomplished author and a 'regular' in the research rooms at LAC, will take us through some of the extensive records surrounding the case.

 
Black-and-white drawing of a vehicle resembling a flying saucer. There are various annotations, measurements and dimensions written on the paper.053: UFOs at LAC: The Falcon Lake Incident - Part 1
May 15, 2019
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We unravel Canada's most infamous UFO case with the help of Stephan Michalak's son, Stan, and Canadian UFO expert and author, Chris Rutkowski. Also, Palmiro Campagna, an accomplished author and a 'regular' in the research rooms at LAC, will take us through some of the extensive records surrounding the case.

 
Colour image of a painting depicting two gun emplacements at the edge of a burnt out forest. In the foreground, there are two graves with white crosses. At the bottom-left of the painting is a signature and year: Mary Riter Hamilton 1919.052: The Battlefield Art of Mary Riter Hamilton
March 7, 2019
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From 1919 to 1922, Mary Riter Hamilton undertook a "special mission" for The War Amps to document the scarred landscape where Canadian soldiers had fought and died.

Her canvases capture the devastation of war but also signs of hope and renewal. At great cost to her health, this artist created one of the few authentic collections of paintings of war-torn Europe. She considered her work to be a gift to Canada. She donated the majority of the collection of paintings to the Public Archives of Canada, now Library and Archives Canada, in 1926.

 
Black-and-white photograph of a large smoke plume after the collision between the ships Mont Blanc and Imo, resulting in the Mont Blanc exploding in the Halifax Harbour.051: Francis Mackey and the Halifax Explosion
January 15, 2019
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On the morning of December 6th, 1917, Pilot Francis Mackey was guiding the French ship Mont Blanc into the Bedford Basin when, at the narrowest point of the harbour, the Norwegian ship Imo collided with it. The Mont Blanc, laden down with high explosives, caught fire and, about 20 minutes later, exploded.

On today's episode, we talk with retired teacher and author Janet Maybee. Her book Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot Francis Mackey attempts to clear Mackey's name and restore honour to the Mackey family.

 
Colour image of three children wearing winter clothing, holding sheet music and singing.050: Songs of the Season
December 11, 2018
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Library and Archives Canada has the largest collection of Canadian music in existence. There are over 250,000 sound and video recordings alone, not to mention huge collections of sheet music, printed scores, concert programs and books. Therefore, it goes without saying that LAC also has the largest collection of Christmas and holiday music as well. 
 
Two men and a woman singing049: Upcoming episodes, 2018-2019
November 20, 2018
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We're currently working on a number of exciting episodes for you! Here's a sneak peek at what we have lined up: Christmas and holiday songs, Francis Mackey and the Halifax Explosion, the life and work of Mary Riter Hamilton, and Canada's most infamous UFO case.
 
Colour oil painting of a birchbark canoe, navigated by a dozen men with paddles, rushing over rapids between rock formations, with white foam breaking against its sides.048: Canada's Canoe Archive
August 15, 2018
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Canada's Canoe Archive Flickr Album

For many Canadians, paddling in a canoe serves as a refuge from our hectic lives. But thousands of years before European settlers arrived in what we now call Canada, the lakes and rivers served as vital trade routes for the Indigenous peoples here, with the canoe at the heart of that experience. In this episode, we pay a visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, with curator Jeremy Ward.

 
Colour illustration of a boy reading a book to a bear and an infant as they recline in a hammock suspended by flying books.047: Get Your Summer Read On, Part 2
June 19, 2018
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The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada's biggest bilingual summer reading program. This free program fosters literacy while highlighting Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. In the second of this two-part episode, we talk with Camille Bouchard, an award-winning writer, and the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club French author. We also speak with a surprise special guest!
 
Colour illustration of a boy reading a book to a bear and an infant as they recline in a hammock suspended by flying books.046: Get Your Summer Read On, Part 1
June 5, 2018
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The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada's biggest bilingual summer reading program for kids. This free program fosters literacy while highlighting Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. In part one of this two-part episode, we sit down to chat with Kevin Sylvester, an award-winning writer and illustrator, and the 2018 TD Summer Reading Club English author.
 
Colour photo of an illuminated letter in an old book.045: Mr. Lowy's Room of Wonder
May 3, 2018
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Mr. Lowy's Room of Wonder Flickr Album
Down an obscure hallway at our downtown Ottawa location, a mysterious room houses over 3,000 rare, often unique Hebraica and Judaica items dating back to the 15th century. In this episode, we explore the Jacob M. Lowy Collection with its current curator, Michael Kent, who shows us some of the incredible items in the collection and shares the stories surrounding their journey.
 
Photograph: Gratien Gélinas044: Gratien Gélinas: One of Our Own
March 28, 2018
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Gratien Gélinas: One of Our Own Flickr Album
Gratien Gélinas is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film. He was a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker and administrator of cultural organizations. On today's episode, we speak with Anne-Marie Sicotte, granddaughter of Gratien Gélinas, who tells us about his life and legacy.
 
043: Mackenzie King: Against his Will
February 20, 2018
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Mackenzie King: Against his Will Flickr Album
William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada's longest serving prime minister, an accomplished politician and a prolific writer. He kept an ongoing diary from 1893, until 1950, in which he wrote down meticulous accounts of his life in politics and fascinating details from his private life. On today's episode, we talk with Christopher Dummitt, whose latest book details the history behind the diaries and how they became public.
 
042: A Look inside the Preservation Centre
December 19, 2017
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A Look inside the Preservation Centre Flickr Album
Join us for this episode as we take you on a walking tour of LAC's Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. On our tour, we will guide you through the Preservation Centre, discussing its award-winning architecture and offering insight into how we store and preserve our national treasures.
 
041: Canada 150: Reflect and Reimagine
November 30, 2017
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To mark Canada's 150th year as a nation, we teamed up with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to talk about the future of Canada and look at the ways in which examining our history can help to inform decisions about the future.
 
040: Former Enemies Are Now Friends
November 10, 2017
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Former Enemies Are Now Friends Flickr Album
In this episode we speak with LAC employee Tim Hack about the amazing journey he undertook to reconnect with his great-grandfathers, who fought on opposite sides of the First World War. Listen to his audio diary from his trip to northern Europe, as well as our pre- and post-trip interviews with him.
 
039: 50 Years of Expo 67
September 7, 2017
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50 Years of Expo 67 Flickr Album
The 1967 Universal and International Exhibition, better known as Expo 67, was the highlight of Canada's centennial celebrations. In this episode, we talk with Margaret Dixon, senior project archivist at LAC, about the legacy of Expo and the work that has gone into archiving the invaluable Expo 67 records in our collection.
 
Colour photograph of a multi-coloured, beaded hair clip decorating the back of a woman's head. The woman is sitting in the Pellan Room of Library and Archives Canada, listening to a panel of speakers.038: Healing Journey: Project Naming at 15
July 6, 2017
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Healing Journey: Project Naming at 15 – Flickr Album
Project Naming has provided a virtual space enabling First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit communities to access Canada's historic photo collections and engage in the identification of people and locations. Join us as we celebrate the project with stories from individuals who attended Project Naming's 15th anniversary event held in March 2017.
 
037: Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power, Part 2
May 4, 2017
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Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power Flickr Album
During the First World War, over 25,000 Canadians served with the British Flying Service as pilots, observers and mechanics, contributing greatly to the overall air campaign and also to the success at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
 
036: Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power, Part 1
April 6, 2017
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Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power Flickr Album
During the First World War, over 25,000 Canadians served with the British Flying Service as pilots, observers and mechanics, contributing greatly to the overall air campaign and also to the success at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
 
035: William Topley: Exposure on Ottawa
February 23, 2017
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William Topley: Exposure on Ottawa Flickr Album
In this episode, we speak with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Archivist, Emma Hamilton-Hobbs, about the William James Topley photographic collection, which is one of the most widely consulted sources of late 19th- and early 20th-century photographs held at LAC.
 
Black and white photograph of Glenn Gould leaning on a piano with his right hand holding his head.034: Glenn Gould: Remixing the Classics
January 19, 2017
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Glenn Gould: Remixing the Classics Flickr Album
Kevin Bazzana, author of the award-winning biography Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould tells us about Gould's extraordinary career in music and the surprising secrets revealed to him about Gould's private life while conducting research at Library and Archives Canada.
 
Colour photograph of the Alter Ego exhibition panel in the middle, comic strips and comic heroes in the background.033: For the Greater Good
December 22, 2016
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We speak to author, comic book historian and retired Library and Archives Canada archivist John Bell who generously donated his Hulk-sized comic book collection to LAC in 1996.
 
Wilfrid Laurier: It's Complicated032: Wilfrid Laurier: It's Complicated
November 17, 2016
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Wilfrid Laurier: It's Complicated Flickr Album
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was a man full of charisma, charm and passion. This passion is seen in many of the letters he wrote to his wife Zoé. But perhaps we gain a deeper insight into his character through his letters to Émilie Lavergne.
 
Sifting through LAC's Cookbook Collection031: Sifting through LAC's Cookbook Collection
September 8, 2016
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Sifting through LAC's Cookbook Collection Flickr Album
Discover Library and Archives Canada's cookbook collection and the impact these books and recipes have had on our relationship with food and cooking throughout our history.
 
Kindred Spirits After All030: Kindred Spirits After All
August 4, 2016
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Kindred Spirits After All Flickr Album
We speak with inveterate book collector Ronald I. Cohen who donated his entire Lucy Maud Montgomery collection to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) between 1999 and 2003. 
 
Peter Rindisbacher: Beauty by Commission029: Peter Rindisbacher: Beauty by Commission
June 30, 2016
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Discover the life and work of Peter Rindisbacher, and the impact he had on Canadian visual culture.
 
La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers028: La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers
April 21, 2016
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La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers Flickr Album
Discover Mary Travers (La Bolduc), a traditional housewife who became known as the "Queen of Canadian Folksingers."
 
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Métis Nation027: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Métis Nation
February 25, 2016
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The Métis Nation Flickr Album
Library and Archives Canada's Métis researcher William Benoit and Janet La France of the Saint-Boniface Historical Society discuss the roles their respective institutions play in providing individuals with a means of unraveling their ancestry, their identity.
 
Rising from the Ashes026: Rising from the Ashes
February 3, 2016
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Centre Block: Rising from the Ashes Flickr Album
On February 3, 1916 at 8:37 p.m., the alarm was raised on Parliament Hill that a fire had broken out in the Centre Block. By the next morning, the building had been reduced to a smoking ruin, encrusted in ice. The exact cause of the fire was never determined.
 
The Curlers025: Shot Stone: Curling in Canada
January 7, 2016
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Curling in Canada Flickr Album
We explore the evolution of the game of Curling, its development as an organized sport, and the creation of a Canadian curling culture, with curling historian and Canadian men's curling champion, Warren Hansen.
 
Kate McDougall024: Mirrors with Memory
October 15, 2015
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Mirrors with Memory: Daguerreotypes Flickr Album
We look at the work that went into the latest collaboration between the National Gallery of Canada and Library and Archives Canada, which features 15 rare daguerreotypes dating back to the very beginnings of photography.
 
Yousuf Karsh at Work at the French Legation023: Yousuf Karsh: Pursuing Greatness
July 28, 2015
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Photography of Yousuf Karsh Flickr Album
We explore the story of Yousuf Karsh who was sent to Canada by his parents as a teenager and pursued his dream to become an internationally renowned photographer.
 
Adrian Dingle, front cover, Triumph Adventure Comics, No. 2, ca. 1941 © Library and Archives Canada and Nelvana Limited022: Guardians of the North: Comic Books in Canada
May 28, 2015
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You don't have to go far to see the influence that comic books have had on contemporary culture, but you might be surprised to learn that Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of comic books and related material within its vaults.
 
Photograph depicting soldier looking at field of poppies021: In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies
April 30, 2015
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In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies Flickr Album
Learn about the poem, In Flanders Fields, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the Canadian soldier who wrote it.
 
Photograph depicting Galician (Ukrainian) immigrants.020: Digging Into the Past: Family History in Canada
March 26, 2015
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Digging Into the Past: Family History in Canada Flickr Album
Many Canadians have a growing interest in discovering their family heritage. Their quest can be simple in the beginning, but often it becomes the work of a lifetime.
 
Celia Franca's first performance in Canada019: Celia Franca: Shall we dance?
March 13, 2015
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Celia Franca: Shall we dance Flickr Album
Discover the story of Celia Franca, a woman who introduced Canada to world-class dance performances, pioneered the internationally famous National Ballet of Canada and devoted her entire life to dance.
 
Lester B. Pearson's press conference concerning the new flag, December 1964018: Canada's Flag: The Maple Leaf Forever
February 12, 2015
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Canada's Flag: The Maple Leaf Forever Flickr Album
Our flag, with its distinctive maple leaf and bold red-and-white colour scheme has become such a potent symbol for our country that it's hard to believe it has only been around for 50 years.
 
Self-portrait of the artist William Hind017: Let us be Canadians: Sir John A. Macdonald
January 8, 2015
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Sir John A. Macdonald: Canada's Patriot Statesman Flickr Album
January 11, 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. While some aspects of his life and legacy remain contentious, most agree that his role in the creation of Canada was paramount.
 
Self-portrait of the artist William Hind016: William Hind: Illustrating Canada from Sea to Sea
November 20, 2014
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William Hind Flickr album
Go back in time! Discover Canada in the mid-1800s through the works of an artist who documented the country from sea to sea.
 
Special Collections Librarian, Meaghan Scanlon, holding a rare book in her hands.015: Out of the Ordinary: Rare Books
October 23, 2014
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Rare Books Flickr album
When you hear the words "rare book," you might think of an old, valuable book that's hard to find, but there is much more to rare books than this.
 
The officers and members of the 26th Battalion, Second Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force.014: Sign Me Up: CEF Files, 1914–1918
September 18, 2014
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Explore the service files of over 640,000 men and women who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War as soldiers, nurses and chaplains.
 
Rough sketch of soldier writing by candlelight013: William Redver Stark: The Soldier and the Artist
September 4, 2014
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William Redver Stark Flickr album
Discover the life of a soldier through his eyes and gain insight into how day-to-day activities may have unfolded during the First World War.
 
Illustrated cover of the sheet music for SONGS OF CANADA, by J.S. Hiller012: Between the Sheets
July 09, 2014
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Sheet Music Flickr album
Explore Library and Archives Canada's sheet music collection, the most comprehensive Canadiana sheet music collection in the country.
 
Bold Headland on Baring Island.011: Underwater Canada: Investigating Shipwrecks
May 28, 2014
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Underwater Canada: Shipwrecks  Flickr album
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Marc-André Bernier, Chief of Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service, joins us to discuss shipwrecks.
 
Madeleine Brown removes a vinyl record, Music by Muzak, from its sleeve to be played as background music in a munitions factory, 1943.010: The Virtual Gramophone: Early Canadian Sound Recordings
March 27, 2014
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Early Canadian Sound Recordings Flickr Album
Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada.
 
Cover page of Les aventures amoureuses d'un "lumberjack" par Firmin Bibeau009: Pulp Canada: between the covers
January 23, 2014
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Pulp Magazines Flickr album
By the turn of the 20th century, sales of dime novels had decreased and the pulps,with their screaming story titles and attention-grabbing cover art, began to capture the public interest.
 
Yousuf Karsh self-portrait008: Canada's Photographic Memory
August 13, 2013
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Nitrate Film Preservation Facility Flickr album
Explore the evolution of photography and learn more about Library and Archives Canada's extensive photography collection.
 
Boy with a hockey stick and skates, in front of a house, Quebec City007: Canada's Royal Winter Game
March 14, 2013
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Few things define what it is to be Canadian more than our love of hockey—"Canada's Royal Winter Game".
 
Group of boys working in a field at the Philanthropic Society Farm School006: Home Children
February 13, 2013
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Between 1869 and the late 1930s, approximately 100,000 children were brought to Canada from Great Britain.
 
Painting in colour of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock005: Faces of 1812
October 30, 2012
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The War of 1812 Flickr Album
This year, Library and Archives Canada commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
 
Detailed graphite drawing of Roméo Dallaire's profile.004: Double take
September 27, 2012
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Portraits of intriguing Canadians.
 
Black and White photograph of a crowd beneath a stone monument with a large Celtic cross.003: The Shamrock and the Fleur-de-Lys
June 22, 2012
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The massive immigration of Irish settlers to Quebec in the 1800s.
 
A painting of red poppies growing in the trenches on the Somme002: The Lest We Forget Project
March 28, 2012
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Connecting youth to Canada's history by making military service files available in person and online.
 
Photograph of an Inuit girl carrying an infant in a baby-pouch, Taloyoak (formerly Spence Bay), Nunavut, circa 1961001: Project Naming and Canada's North
February 9, 2012
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A community-engagement and photo-identification project launched by Library and Archives Canada in 2004.
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