As part of this year's In Conversation – with Lakehead University at the Orillia Public Library, Michael Stevenson will talk about "Orillia's Champlain Monument: Historical Insights."
What is the history behind one of Orillia’s most talked-about, and sometimes controversial, landmarks? Sculpted by Vernon March and originally intended to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Champlain’s travels through the region, the monument was unveiled in 1925 after being delayed by the First World War. Dr. Michael Stevenson will highlight the issues of historical memory, civic boosterism, and the representation of Aboriginals that emerged during the construction of the Champlain Monument and that continue to resonate today.
Registration is required for all events. Register at the Library, 36 Mississaga St. E., by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 705-325-2338.
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