Sunday, October 25, 2020

Making A Country

This area includes more of the everyday objects and tools being used by settlers in the first part of the 19th century throughout what is today eastern Canada.

Rebellions in the 1830s would ultimately rise to the idea of responsible government and Confederation.

Among the artifacts here is the crest of the old Molsons Bank and the Cabriolet Sleigh, which was featured in the Canadian Pavilion at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. 

Recreation could be found in the colonies at the time, particularly in urban centres. Cricket, curling, and lacrosse are represented here. The last of those three was a game that had a long history here before the arrival of white people; First Nations peoples had been playing it long before then.

The drive towards responsible government that came out of the rebellions found its strongest voices in a partnership of English and French speaking leaders, Robert Baldwin and Louis Hippolyte LaFontaine, who would share leadership of the united Upper and Lower Canadas.


  1. Interesting to see some of the ancients tools. Some of it is still in use today.

  2. Seeing a real sled like that, instead of decorative sled objects makes the past more real. I think today, an adult size rocking cradle could become major therapy craze.

  3. I went to watch a lacrosse game once and was surprised by what a spectacular game it is - partly because there are no boundaries to the field of play and spectators can sometimes find themselves very close to the action!

  4. So Canadian, especially the lacrosse stick and the sleigh.

  5. Seeing all this makes one thankful for what we have these days...

  6. @Nancy: true.

    @Maywyn: I agree.

    @John: it is quite a sport.

    @Anvilcloud: definitely.

    @Iris: true!

  7. Several of these tools and household goods are quite recognizable. They could well be Dutch.

  8. Always interesting to see artifacts from the past.

  9. ...making a country can be hard, keeping it together can be difficult.

  10. Hello,

    Wonderful exhibit. Is that an old bathtub. Great photos.
    Take care, enjoy your day. Have a great new week!

  11. I still wonder how they kept time. If they're clock stopped how did they find the right time to set it again.

  12. Wonderful things to watch!I love that museum exhibition :)

  13. Settlers accomplished a lot with just the basics.

  14. Wonderful handmade items.
    That top basket... I have the same one sitting right next to me ;-)

  15. I like to see this type of displays...

  16. Wonderful display of the artifacts of yesteryear.

  17. You are giving us a nice history lesson!

  18. Like the cradle? and the spinning wheel.

  19. Fascinating exhibit and history photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    p.s. Had death in family so am way behind in returning comments.

  20. @Jan: some things are universal.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: it is, yes.

    @Tom: that's true.

    @Eileen: a cradle.

    @Jennifer: it is!

    @Marie: definitely.

    @Red: a lot of sundials, I imagine.

    @Anita: I do too.

  21. @Sharon: quite true.

    @Tammie: that's surprising!

    @Catarina: so do I.

    @Bill: quite so.

    @RedPat: a pleasure doing so.

    @Happyone: so do I.

    @Marleen: definitely.

    @Carol: I'm very sorry.

    @Joanne: thank you.

  22. That quilt would look just lovely on my bed!