<
 
 
 
 
×
>
Vous consultez une page Web conservée, recueillie par Bibliothèque et Archives Canada le 2007-05-15 à 20:22:36. Il se peut que les informations sur cette page Web soient obsolètes, et que les liens hypertextes externes, les formulaires web, les boîtes de recherche et les éléments technologiques dynamiques ne fonctionnent pas. Voir toutes les versions de cette page conservée.
Chargement des informations sur les médias

You are viewing a preserved web page, collected by Library and Archives Canada on 2007-05-15 at 20:22:36. The information on this web page may be out of date and external links, forms, search boxes and dynamic technology elements may not function. See all versions of this preserved page.
Loading media information
X
Skip navigation links (access key: Z)Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Graphical element FrançaisContact UsHelpSearchCanada Site
HomeAbout UsWhat's NewWhat's OnPublications

Banner: Library and Archives Canada Search All: Graphical element
Search only:
LibraryArchivesWebsite
Graphical element
Our CollectionServices to the Public
Expand/Collapse Selected Topics:
Aboriginal Peoples
Exploration and Settlement
Politics and Government
Sports
War and Military
Art and Photography
Literature
Music
Philately and Postal History
More Topics...
For New UsersFor ArchivistsFor LibrariesFor PublishersCanadian Genealogy CentreInformation Management (IM)Learning CentreMulticultural Resources and ServicesAboriginal Resources and ServicesPreservationThe Portrait Gallery of CanadaDictionary of Canadian Biography OnlineProactive disclosure
Banner: The ArchivistNo. 11

Casting the Die of Agricultural History

by Norman M. Willis [page 1 of 4]

Agriculture occupies an important place in Canada's medallic history. Conversely, Canada's medallic heritage illuminates an important aspect of Canada's agricultural evolution. Other countries have plenty of agricultural medals too, but where there is a longer and stronger medallic tradition, as in Europe, agricultural medals are relatively less significant. Their special place in Canada is explained by a particular combination of historic circumstances.

Prosperity brings the medal to Canada

About 1850, eastern Canada emerged from the early pioneering stage of its development. At the same time, the medal was achieving a new degree of popularity in Europe, as it came increasingly under the auspices of the prosperous bourgeoisie. Canada was ready to follow this trend. Before this time, Canadians had been too preoccupied with basic practical tasks to have much thought for such cultural trappings as the medal. Now, Canada had a newly prosperous middle class, with the means and the inclination to adopt the medal and other sorts of refinements favoured by its counterpart in the Old World. The difference here was that Canada's affluent middle class remained associated with its agricultural base, whereas the rising Europeans derived their wealth more from industry. The consequence was that the medal, when it came into favour in Canada, was naturally much utilized for the promotion of agriculture.

Gold medal awarded at the Central Assiniboia Exhibition, Indian Head, Saskatchewan, 1899 (MFN-008673)

Gold medal awarded at the Central Assiniboia Exhibition, Indian Head, Saskatchewan, 1899 (MFN-008673)

Gold medal awarded at the Central Assiniboia Exhibition, Indian Head, Saskatchewan, 1899 (MFN-008673).

[page 2]