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Hendrik van Gijseghem, from Pointe-à-Callière, discusses the amazing discoveries made during the various archaeological excavations on the site of Fort Ville-Marie. A unique project, it required sophisticated technical prowess in the areas of heritage conservation and development.
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Five years before Expo 67, the site it was going to be held on did not even exist — everything was created from scratch. Bruno Paul Stenson tells us about the process of making Expo 67 a reality, and the exceptional results obtained.
Élisabeth Côté highlights the era of early Montréalers, the French missionaries who came to establish Ville-Marie in 1642. Visible traces of this history remain even today.
When Prohibition swept across the United States and the majority of Canadian provinces, Montreal became the destination for individuals on the quest for fun. The legendary Red Light was the go-to spot for those seeking to procure pleasures of the legal, and illegal, kind.
Ms. Francine Lelièvre, Executive Director of Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, tells us about an exceptional archaeological site, that of the first Parliament of the United Province of Canada.
In this video, Pierre Anctil — author, historian, and professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa — discusses pivotal moments in the migratory history of Montreal.
Michèle Dagenais, author, historian, and tenured professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal, describes key moments in the history of Mount Royal, or “the mountain” as Montrealers so affectionately refer to it.
Nicole O’Bomsawin, of the Abenaki First Nation, shares some of the history of the First Nations that have been established in the Montreal area for centuries.
In this video, René Binette, director of Écomusée du fier monde, shines a light on the history of industrial development in Montreal.
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A huge thank you to Pointe-à-Callière, cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal for their valuable collaboration in the making of this episode.
Archaeological digs reveal a wealth of treasures.
This 200-year-old historic site was lost until its public rediscovery in 1990. Archaeologists and historians have been unable to provide a conclusive explanation of the site’s origins.
Little is known about the spiritual beliefs of Newfoundland's now-extinct Beothuk people. But archaeologists have recently come up with some new theories.
Dr. Roland Sawatzky tells us about the Wintering Camp collection, artifacts discovered in an archaeological dig where the first work party of Selkirk Settlers wintered near York Factory on the Hudson’s Bay.
One of the last three remaining residential schools in Manitoba. Operating from 1889 to 1972, this brick building was completed in 1931.
The threat of demolition has spurred a city-wide discussion on the need to save the unsung places that make Edmonton special.
Few Canadians realize that much of our parks system was built with forced labour — prisoners of war, enemy aliens, conscientious objectors, and an army of jobless men.
Imagine planning a summer-long road trip that would take in ten of Canada’s National Historic Sites. Which ones would you choose?