Upcoming Event: Shaw Festival Tour & Show

You’re Invited!

Join us on a fabulous coach bus to explore the lives featured in our latest exhibition, Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government.

Starting with a jaunt to the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, and concluding with the spectacular production of 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt at the Shaw Festival Courthouse Theatre, this is a can’t miss event!

Tickets are $100 for Friends of the Museum or $110 for Non-Members. Tickets are available for purchase until April 28th, but seats are limited!

1837: The Farmers’ Revolt: Shaw Festival Courthouse Theatre

A handful of immigrant farmers have been struggling for years to turn Upper Canada’s forests into farmland; now they are told that their land has been dished out to government cronies. With William Lyon Mackenzie as their leader, a band of desperate men and women march down Toronto’s Yonge Street.

First seen in 1973, this modern Canadian classic uses a vaudevillian combination of words and music to tell the story of an uprising that paved the way for nationhood.

Visit the Shaw Festival Courthouse Theatre website

Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum

The restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie reveals 500 years of printing technology, amid the authentic ambiance of a period print shop.

Rarest in the museum’s collection is the Louis Roy Press, oldest in Canada and one of the few original wooden presses remaining in the world! A hands-on experience is encouraged with a working linotype and 8 operating heritage presses.

Visit the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum website

Mackenzie Printery and the importance of Journalism 

Pre-school Kids Drop-in Program Resumes This Thursday!

We are excited to announce that beginning this Thursday, April 6th the pre-school kids drop-in program will take place in the education centre!

Join us for kids activities, crafts, games, and fun in our Education Centre, pre-school ages welcome. You can pop in between 10:00 and 11:30am and stay as little or as long as you like.

This is a free program, but donations are welcome!

Music for a Cause: Rebels and Reformers Lecture Series Event

HPO Composer-in-Residence, Abigail Richardson-Schulte, will be presenting the stories and music of composers who were either inspired or coerced by military leaders; from Beethoven and Napoleon to Shostakovich and Stalin.

Date: March 30th

Time: 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Free Admission. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

Feature Exhibition Rebels and Reformers Opening March 18

The Dundas Museum & Archives is enthusiastic to announce the opening of our latest feature exhibition, Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government, which will be showing in the third gallery from March 18 until June 3.

The exhibit will feature nods to local urban legends such as Mackenzie’s cave, accompanied by key rebel relics and beautifully crafted artifacts. These include the Durham banner, cups and saucers used by Sir Allan MacNab, the goblet presented to Mrs. Ogg by William Lyon MacKenzie, and many more.

Unstable. Volatile. Chaotic. These words describe what it was like in Dundas and Canada in the early 1800s. This instability ultimately led to a new method of government and set us on the path to the system that we enjoy today. Rebels and Reformers: Dundas on the Road to Responsible Government tells the story of the reform movement, highlighting the Dundas connection to people and events during this fascinating time in Canadian history.

Book Launch at the Dundas Museum & Archives: Canada and the United Nations: Legacies, Limits, Prospects

Wednesday, March 8 from 6 P.M. until 9 P.M.
Canada and the United Nations examines Canada’s international role and our relationship towards the United Nations. It was edited by Dr. Colin McCullough, a former Wilson Institute postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. Robert Teigrob, a professor of history at Ryerson University in association with The L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster.

Join us as Drs. McCullough and Teigrob share some valuable insight on Canada’s place in the international community. Both will be available for questions, photos, and book signings. Copies of Canada and the United Nations will be available for sale for $30 (cash).