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The McCord Museum
The Museum Team
Museum Keys for History Project
Receives Canadian Heritage Grant
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 In September the McCord
Museum and its partners were pleased to learn of the success
of their application for funding under the Canadian Content
Online Program (CCOP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Hon. Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage awarded a
total of $727,662.00 to Keys for History, a Web-based research
and design project. Thanks to this generous grant as many as
36,000 documents and artifacts related to significant themes
in Canadian history will be digitized, and a number of these
will also be contextualized in some 20 thematic Web tours.
These tours will amount to miniature virtual exhibitions, in
keeping with the McCord's tradition of innovative Web
programming. Keys for History will debut on April 1, 2003.
for History will make accessible a wealth of Canadian material
culture currently held in the collections of the McCord, the
New Brunswick Museum and the Musée acadien de l'Université
de Moncton. Photographs, archival documents and historic
objects will be preserved in digital form and interpreted
a fun and dynamic fashion in both official languages.
Schoolchildren and the general public will be familiarized
with many fascinating events in Canadian history from the 19th
century to today, from the Klondike gold rush to the Acadian
renaissance. Historical themes to be addressed include
epidemics and disasters, the daily lives and lifestyles of
rich and poor, and medicine and the "miracle cures"
of the 19th century.
McCord Museum is spearheading the initial phase of the Keys
for History project, with the help of several public and
private partners, including the New Brunswick Museum, the Musée
acadien de l'Université de Moncton, Sygraf Inc., SonoDesign,
and McGill University, as well as teachers' organizations and
school boards throughout Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
for History will be carried out in conjunction with ClioClic,
a project initiated in 1999 by the McCord and several partner
universities, with the support of the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Drawing upon
current secondary school curricula, ClioClic is a pedagogical
tool for using online museum-based resources, designed to
encourage the use of material culture in the teaching of
Canadian history. The most recent ClioClic prototype can be
viewed on the McCord Museum Web site: www.mccord-museum.qc.ca.
In the menu, click on EduWeb.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Program
(514) 398-7100, ext. 251
available upon request.