Expo 67: Defining our vision of Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization
will host their last From Headlines to History
public forum on Thursday, exploring the cultural legacy of Expo 67
Expo 67: over 50 million visitors, 62 countries represented, nearly 90 provincial, national and private pavilions. What better way to celebrate Canada's centennial than through a grand universal exposition? It was a golden opportunity to welcome the world and greet it as a proud and modern country.
Nearly 45 years later, what has remained of this planetary gathering? Man-made islands built on the St Lawrence and, of course, Montreal's Metro, built during the flurry of construction activity surrounding Expo 67. The French pavilion eventually became the Montreal Casino, the United States pavilion is now the Biosphere. Habitat 67, the stunning early achievement of architect Moshe Safdie, still draws stares of admiration. Beyond these obvious landmarks, however, Expo 67 profoundly affected our vision of Canada and the world.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, Canadian crafts, decorative arts and design curator Alan Elder will be joined by Mark Starowicz and Simon Durivage from CBC/Radio-Canada to take the audience on a fascinating journey into the cultural legacy of Expo 67.
Daniel Bouchard and Adrian Harewood will be moderating the event.
The discussion is open to the public and free tickets available now. To reserve your ticket, call 819-776-7000 or visit the museums' box offices.
The public conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. A short video produced with archival footage from CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase an overview of the themes to be discussed and artifacts from the museum's collections will also be available for a special viewing.
More event information can be found on the Canadian Museum of Civilization
and the Canadian War Museum
Facebook pages and websites.
Those not able to attend the event are invited to share their stories, photos and videos on the museums' Facebook sites.
All of the discussions are also being live tweeted. You can follow them and participate in the sessions under the event hashtags: #H2HCMC, #H2HCWM and #CBC75.
"We are delighted to partner with CBC/Radio-Canada to mark this historic milestone," said Mark O'Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which includes both the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum. "We have a common bond as national institutions devoted to the enhancement of Canada's cultural life and the knowledge and understanding of its citizens. This series embodies that shared commitment to public service."
You can learn more about the other public discussions, Hockey: The Game, The Glory
, War Correspondents: News from the Front
and Canada's Military: Its role at home
, in a previous 75th anniversary blogs.
Posted on Oct 24, 2011 6:00:00 AM