McCord Museum of Canadian History
The Photographic Studio of William Notman

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Educational activities

Looking for new and inspiring activities for your students? Invite them to create a wide range of visual presentations. Primary or secondary levels.
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Journal of a Geological Survey Expedition

Recreate the 1871 survey expedition to the British Columbia interior with the help of Benjamin Baltzly’s journal excerpts and photographs.
Secondary. BC, AB, ON. History/Social Studies.
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Key Historical Figures...

Briefly present four well-known individuals who appear in this composite photo, explaining the bonds that united them and identifying the Canadian political events to which they were linked.
Secondary. NB, ON, QC. History/Social Studies.
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Landscapes of Yesterday and Today

Photograph a local landscape and link it to an historical photograph from the Notman Photographic Archives by creating a duo on the McCord Museum Web site.
For Quebec students, this activity can take place during the annual Photographic Experience of Heritage contest run by the Conseil des monuments et sites du Québec.
Secondary. QC. Geography, Arts, English Language Arts.
Creation Tool: the Web Pair

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Trades and Societies around 1900

Learn about the diversity of Quebec, Prairie and West Coast societies around 1900 by creating a Web album on the trades found in these societies and the goods and services they produced, using the McCord Museum online database of images.
Primary. QC. NB. History.
Creation Tool: the web album

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