CM . . . .
Volume V Number 19 . . . . May 21, 1999
These snippets of our past are not presented in any particular historical or thematic order. The story of Cape Breton mining is followed by a vignette examining the dark recesses of Canada's archeological past which, in turn, is followed by the story of Lady Frances Simpson's piano crossing the muskeg lakes of Northern Ontario to the HBC's Lower Fort Garry north of Winnipeg.
Whether these vignettes have inspired or will motivate generations of Canadian students to become historians is doubtful. However, they are fun, and each speaks to the diverse physical, cultural and economic factors that have come together to create our confused but vital country.
Ian Stewart is a regular contributor to CM and to the book review column of the Winnipeg Free Press.
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