Niagara Falls, ON, January 13, 2016 - Canadians have a long-standing fascination with snow. We either love it or hate it, and sometimes we do both. We adapt to it, use it, have fun with it, identify with it, and are inspired by it. Snow is an interactive exhibition opening at the Niagara Falls History Museum on January 26, 2017.
Snow, the first exhibition of its kind in Canada, portrays the amazing love-hate relationship that the inhabitants of this great land have had with snow since the arrival of the First Peoples in North America. Created by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, Snow gives visitors a historical and cultural perspective on this element of nature as a source of adaptation, passion, ingenuity and creativity.
With over 400 digital photos and captions contributed by Canadians from across the country, Snow gives visitors a true feel for winter. Snow presents artefacts such as boots made out of sealskin and caribou hide, snowshoes and clothing designed to be warm and waterproof. Eyeglasses made from walrus ivory by Nunavut’s Thule Inuit that date back to around 1300 are among the items on display. Visitors young and old can try on replicas of the glasses and see some of the clever ways in which humans have adapted to snow and cold. Among the exhibition’s interactives are opportunities to try on a snowshoeing outfit, listen to recorded stories and view sketches made by explorers, voyageurs, soldiers and scientists, to learn how Canada’s early settlers endured and adapted to the winter months.
“Weather is a favourite topic for Canadians,” says Suzanne Moase, Niagara Falls Museums Curator. “We love to talk about snowstorms, the cold and the slush. Snow, the exhibition, will strike a chord with all our visitors, from outdoor enthusiasts to sitters by the fire and everyone in between. The artefacts and documents chosen represent how we deal with the challenge of snowy winters today, as well as how we have coped with snow and adapted our lifestyles around it in the past.”
Media are invited to preview the exhibition on January 25 from 5:00 p.m until 7:00 p.m. where Museum staff and Mr. Nicolas Gauvin, Director of Business Partnerships and Information Management at the Canadian Museum of History will be available for comments.
Snow falls on the Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, on January 26 and “blankets” the Ontario Power Generation Gallery until April 16, 2017. Come and see how snow has helped shape our cultural identity. You’ll be “snowed” under.
For more information, contact:
Clark Bernat, City of Niagara Falls
Manager of Museums and Culture