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History's What You Make It!
Historica Exhibition Comes to the National Archives and the National Library


Ottawa, July 5, 2000  --  The National Archives, in cooperation with the National Library, presents the Heritage Fairs Programme’s travelling exhibition  --  History's What You Make It!  --  from July 5 to August 8, 2000, at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. The exhibition showcases the products of young people aged 10 to 14. Created as expressions of their perspectives on Canadian history and culture, these projects reflect the students’ innovative and enthusiastic approach to discovering their heritage.

History's What You Make It! presents a sampling of the works shown at annual Heritage Fairs, which began in 1993. The exhibition consists of multi-facetted modules whose contents range from field notes, diary entries and concept sketches to finished illustrations, reports and presentation models. Each module also features a soundscape of personal anecdotes and other effects, which reveal to the audience the young people’s processes of discovery.

Sponsored by the CRB Foundation since 1993, the Heritage Fairs Programme is an educational initiative that provides an opportunity for students in Grades 4 to 9 to explore the many aspects of their Canadian heritage in a dynamic learning environment. Students can use the medium of their choice to tell stories and share information about Canadian heroes and legends, milestones and achievements.

The Heritage Fairs Programme now operates under the new Canadian foundation Historica whose mission is to provide us with a deeper understanding of our history and its importance in shaping our future.

The National Archives of Canada preserves the recorded memory of Canada, including the essential record of the government of Canada. By opening these records to Canadians, the National Archives contributes to the protection of the rights of all Canadians and enhances their understanding of Canada. In this way, the National Archives of Canada serves Canadians by connecting them to the sources of their past  --  their histories.

The National Library is dedicated to building a world-class national resource enabling Canadians to know their country and themselves through their published heritage and to providing an effective gateway to national and international sources of information. The Library serves as one of the nation's foremost centres for research in Canadian studies and as a showcase for Canadian literature and music.

Further information on the National Archives and the National Library can be obtained at </www.collectionscanada.ca>.


For more information, please contact:
Pauline Portelance
Media Relations Officer
Telephone: (613) 996-6128
E-mail: media@lac-bac.gc.ca

Randall Ware
Public Programs Officer
National Library of Canada
Telephone: (613) 992-0057
Fax: 947-2706

Patti Robson
Heritage Fairs Programme
Telephone: (514) 845-8785
Fax: (514) 845-3294