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Kaleidoscope is the name given to a series of short public talks given by Library and Archives Canada curators to spotlight the collections for which they are responsible. The curators select key items from the collections to introduce them and explain their importance to Canada's history and culture. The curators are specialists in their fields and it is a joy to see the selected items and hear the curators talk about the collections that they love. Take a couple of hours to treat yourself to a stimulating discussion. Contact us for more information.


Kaleidoscope 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - Special Event

The Friends of the Library and Archives Canada invite you to the launch of Re-Imagining Ukrainian-Canadians: History, Politics, Identity
This volume is dedicated to one of the great unsung heroes of Ukrainian-Canadian scholarship: Myron Momryk.  In a career spanning four decades, Myron has been a tireless advocate for multicultural history, an archivist and scholar of Ukrainian and Canadian history, and perhaps most important, a mentor to entire generations of scholars of ethnicity in Canada. 

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Kaleidoscope Archives 2009-2010

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Encountering Gabrielle Roy
Sophie Marcotte, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Groupe de Recherche sur Gabrielle Roy at Concordia University in Montreal, will talked about the life and career of Gabrielle Roy, noted Manitoba francophone writer.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Irish Research 101
Terry Findley of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa talked about researching your Irish family using Library and Archives Canada genealogy resources.


Kaleidoscope Archives 2008-2009

Building the Music Collection
Building LAC's recorded sound collection by Richard Green, Manager, Music Section.

For a list of the recordings presented by Richard Green on 29 May 2009, click here.

For one of Richard Green's favorite treasures, Cows may come, cows may go, but the bull goes on forever, (Harry Von Tilzer; Vincent Bryan, Columbia, 1915), listen here: Virtual Gramophone - The Virtual Gramophone

Kaleidoscope: Early Canadian Documentary Art
Treasures of early Canadian Documentary art by Jim Burant.

Click here to see an on-line version of this presentation

Kaleidoscope: Children’s Literature
Josiane Polidori, Head of Canadian Children’s Literature.“Children's Books: A Seasonal Selection.”

Click here for a bibliography of a beautiful selection of children’s books

Kaleidoscope: Gratien Gélinas
Archivists Stéphane Lang, Caroline Forcier-Holloway and Théo Martin. The 100th anniversary of Gratien Gélinas (1909–1999).

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Kaleidoscope: Australian Playbill
Rare book librarian Elaine Hoag discussed her discovery of the Jane Shore playbill, the oldest document printed in Australia.

Kaleidoscope: Irish Genealogy and the Irish Census
Irish-Canadian documentary heritage held at Library and Archives Canada by project managers Kyle Browness and Jean-Sébastien Potvin.

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