- Tourism and the Rise of the Living History Museum in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada
In the 1960s, Canadians could step through time to eighteenth-century trading posts or nineteenth-century pioneer towns. These living history museums promised authentic reconstructions of the past but, as Time Travel shows, they revealed more about mid-twentieth-century interests and perceptions of history than they reflected historical fact. These museums became important components of postwar government economic growth and employment policies. Shaped by political pressures and the need to balance education and entertainment, they reflected Canadians? struggle to establish a pan-Canadian identity in the context of multiculturalism, competing nationalisms, First Nations resistance, and the growth of the state.
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