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McCord Receives $600,000 CURA Grant
February 28, 2000 —
The McCord Museum of Canadian History, in partnership with the
McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and the Université de
Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), has been awarded an important
Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) grant.
Administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council (SSHRC), the grant was awarded to the McCord to
implement an innovative educational initiative called the
Laurier Project. Thanks to the generous support of the ministère
de la Culture et des Communications, the project will also
include an exhibition of works by Canadian history students,
featuring art inspired by historical events of the twentieth
century in Canada.
Laurier Project aims to integrate museum-based teaching
resources into the Canadian history curriculum at the elementary
and secondary levels. The new resources will be developed in a
collaborative effort between university historians, history
teachers, and the community. Through this project, the McCord
Museum will provide instructors with new tools to explore the
discipline of history.
collecting and preserving images, documents, and objects that
make up our common heritage, museums are able to provide a
continual contact with the past, and keep history alive. The
Laurier Project aims to facilitate the contact between museums
and classrooms by adding to traditional didactic methods and
exploring new technologies such as the Internet. These new media
can provide an effective educational interface for museum
collections such as the McCord's.
McCord Museum's collection, featuring nearly a million objects,
images and manuscripts, bears witness to the social history and
material culture of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada.
McCord's Notman Photographic Archives includes more than 850,00
photographic images. These family portraits, landscapes, photos
of community events, architecture and leisure activities are an
invaluable source of information about the history of Canada
from 1840 to the present day.
Costume and Textiles Collection contains more than 16,400
articles of clothing and accessories dating from the eighteenth
century to the present day. It is the largest and one of the
most significant collections of Canadian costume in the world.
13,000 ethnological and archaeological objects in the First
Nations Collection document the arts, crafts, cultures, and
traditions of aboriginal communities from across Canada. The age
and diversity of this collection make it the most important of
its kind in Quebec, and one of the most significant in the
Paintings, Prints and Drawings Collection, dating principally
from the eighteenth century, comprises a wealth of visual
memories of Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Eloquently conjuring up
the personalities, places and events of bygone days, this
collection contains some 56,700 iconographical pieces, making it
one of the largest of its kind in Canada.
furniture, pottery, silverware, glass, fine china, and toys, the
wide variety of objects in the Decorative Arts Collection
document the material environment within which Montrealers,
Quebecers and Canadians lived in centuries past. Emphasis is on
objects that illustrate the growth of the country from a colony
to the urban and industrial society of the late nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries.
Laurier Project will integrate the riches of the McCord's
collection into the Canadian history curriculum in three phases.
The first phase will initiate the program and define its
components. The second will develop and test educational
components in regional schools, and the third phase will take
the program into schools across the nation.
The SSHRC received 72 applications for its four-year pilot program of CURA grants. The McCord's Laurier Project is one of 22 projects financed by the SSHRC this year.
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Annie Daoust (514) 398-7100, ext. 251
The McCord wishes to acknowledge the support of the Heritage Canada Museums Assistance Program, the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Arts Council of the Montreal Urban Community.