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Manitoba Museum Showcasing Artifacts from National Collection

June 25, 2015 8:00 AM | Entertainment

The Manitoba MuseumWINNIPEG — The Manitoba Museum has 10 artifacts from the national collection of the Canadian Museum of History on display.

From now until August 27, visitors can view the artifacts that speak to a particular aspect of Canadian culture.

“We are deeply grateful for the ongoing relationship with the Canadian Museum of History, and for the loan of these incredible objects,” said Adèle Hempel, director of research, collections and exhibits of the Manitoba Museum. “These 10 iconic Canadian treasures will make a wonderful addition to the visitor experience throughout the summer.”

The artifacts include:

  • Canada’s oldest known hockey stick (c. 1830)
  • The revolver believed to have been used to kill Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation
  • The “Last Spike” in Canada’s transcontinental railway
  • The uniform worn by one of Canada’s most decorated soldiers, Manitoba-born Victoria Cross recipient William Barker
  • The 1964 Kentucky Derby trophy of Northern Dancer, the most famous horse ever to be bred in Canada
  • A lidded box with bear design from legendary Haida artist Bill Reid
  • A mask from the Dorset culture of northern Canada, likely worn by shamans during ceremonies
  • Beaded moccasins from the Yanktonai Sioux Nation on Manitoba’s Pipestone Reserve
  • Prized binoculars awarded to the Wellington Field Battery in 1881 for winning an artillery competition
  • Grain elevators at MacLeod, Alberta, painted in August 1944 by Peter Whyte, depicting training airplanes flying in formation near No. 7 Service Flying Training School.

The two museums have had a longstanding partnership. In recent years, the Manitoba Museum reciprocated by loaning the Arctic Medal 1818-1885, a medal that travelled with Robert Thirsk onboard the International Space Station.