Les Belles Soirées

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wm. Notman & Son, 100 ton mountain engine on the C.P.R., near Field, BC, 1889, View-2508, McCord Museum

Notman and the National Dream

Les Belles Soirées

In the context of the exhibition Notman, A Visionary Photographer, the McCord and Les Belles soirées de l’Université de Montréal invites you to a talk given by Alexander Reford, director of Les Jardins de Métis, who will speak of the Notman studio’s role in the shaping of a national identidy through photographs taken on trips to Western Canada via the emerging railway network.

William Notman and his stable of photographers were instrumental in creating the idea of Canada as a trans-continental nation. His firm aided and abetted the energy and enthusiasm that led to the incorporation of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881 and spurred Sir John A. Macdonald and his government to support George Stephen in his efforts to finance and complete the “national dream” in 1885. The trans-continental railway transformed the Canadian West – but also Montreal – making it the linchpin in Canada’s transportation economy.

Alexander Reford is an historian who has used the Notman archive extensively for his books on the gardens of Québec and train travel in the province. He has also mined the McCord Museum’s collections for his work as the director of Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens.

Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum
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