REBELS AND REFORMERS: DUNDAS ON THE ROAD TO RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT (1820 – 1850)
Opening March 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government explores one of the most exciting, violent, and chaotic eras in Canadian history – from a uniquely Dundas perspective. From 1820 to 1850 there were those who wanted a greater voice in government and those who were content with the status quo. A more representative government would appear in 1848, creating the foundation for the democratic system Canadians enjoy today.
In this exhibit, we trace the reform sentiments of early Dundasians, examine the attack on George Rolph as a political act, and see how William Notman insulted Allan MacNab. Robert Baldwin visited Dundas in 1846 prior to the election which would see him form the Great Ministry with Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine. His speech at the Boggis Hotel, standing in front of the Durham Banner, represents a high point for Dundas reformers. Baldwin and LaFontaine would be victorious in 1848 and set the course for the beginning of representative government in Canada.
The themes in this exhibit are national and international in scope and cannot be examined without context. Yet we always return to Dundas. You won’t want to miss this exciting trip through a truly remarkable time in our history.
Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government will be on exhibition from March 18 to June 3, 2017.