THE PINHEY'S POINT FOUNDATION
Each year new exhibitions are prepared by the Pinhey's Point Foundation to complement public programming by City of Ottawa heritage staff. Throughout the house, visitors can browse period room settings and featured displays to learn about the Pinhey family and property, their gentry neighbours and the history of March Township. Artifacts and images are drawn from the Foundation's collections and elsewhere.
The Foundation gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the City of Ottawa, which owns and operates Pinhey’s Point Historic site, with PPF’s volunteer support.
W.H. Bartlett’s Ottawa River
Artist W. H. Bartlett toured British America in 1838 preparing sepia sketches for folio volumes of engraved views. C.H. Pinhey remarked on the exaggerated grandeur of his March on Lake Chaudiere. But Bartlett’s Ottawa River views found a ready market with a British audience educated in the romantic tradition, and his engravings remain the best-known views of nineteenth-century Canada. They have also been adapted to numerous other formats, gracing transfer-printed tableware, for instance, over several generations. The exhibition incorporates all of W.H. Bartlett’s views of the Ottawa River, many of them still recognizable today, along with an original subscriber’s portfolio, a volume of his Canadian Scenery Illustrated (London 1842), and examples of local views reproduced on vintage ceramics. The Foundation remounts this popular exhibit from 2005 to complement the City’s new exhibit on the transition from water to rail communications.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (opening May 13th 2018)
Pinhey’s Point meets the Sixties
The Pinhey property was first on the NCC’s agenda when it turned its attention to heritage conservation in 1959. Its purchase was announced, prematurely, with plans for Centennial restoration and a steamboat to Aylmer. Explore with us what happened, and what didn’t, and what set us on the course to where we are today. View the original 1967 heritage plaque (how is today’s different?) and a rare film of a visit to Ruth Pinhey, Horaceville, and Old St Mary’s in 1968.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (opening May 13th 2018)
Lieut. Lindsay Drummond, R.F.C.: Identification of a war grave in Belgium
Lindsay Drummond was a grandson of Charles Hamnett Pinhey, an RMC graduate, and one of four brothers to serve in the Great War. For decades his grave was unidentified, but following thorough investigation by a Belgian researcher new monuments were dedicated to his memory on the centenary of his death. Follow this remarkable story.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (opening June 17th 2018)
(PPF Collections, gift of Alan McLay)
Whose Astrolabe? Origins and cultural ownership of a Canadian icon
Department of History, 4th floor Paterson Hall, Carleton University, September 2017 to August 31, 2018
PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES 2018
World War Commemorations
Finding Canadian War Graves and Aircraft in Flanders
Since his youth Dirk has researched the military history of West Flanders in the First and Second World Wars, his chief interest being the air war over West Flanders. He is the author of several books and articles. In-depth case studies about individual casualties have always been a priority, aiming to identify military personnel who, like Drummond, had been misidentified in original records and laid to rest anonymously.
Dirk is co-founder of the aviation archaeology group Huyghe-Decuypere, which works to research and pinpoint WW2 crash sites in West Flanders. In some cases this has led to the excavation of the wrecked aircraft. The group works in consultation with the Flanders Heritage Agency and various museums.
He will speak about his research on the three Canadians commemorated in Belgium in 2017, especially Lieut. Drummond, and about his work in identifying and recovering WW2 aircraft.
Dirk Decuypere is a retired teacher, author, and historical researcher resident in Geluwe, Belgium.
Dr Brian Foss is Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University. A historian of Canadian art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Brian has contributed to exhibitions and publications about Homer Watson, Molly Lamb Bobak, Mary Hiester Reid, Miller Brittain, and Edwin Holgate, and curated exhibitions on military views of Lower Canada, and visual representations of rural Quebec. In 2015, with Jacques Des Rochers of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Brian organized the exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group, which won the 2016 Award of Outstanding Achievement for an Art Exhibition from the Canadian Museums Association, and co-authored the accompanying award-winning catalogue. Brian has a longstanding interest in the relationship between art and war, and is the author of War Paint: Art, War, State and Identity in Britain 1939-45 (Yale University Press, 2007). He contributed two articles to Sacha Llewellyn and Paul Liss, eds., WW II: War Pictures by British Artists (London: Liss Llewellyn Fine Arts, 2016).
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W.H. Bartlett, March on Lake Chaudiere
Provincial plaque unveiling 1967
Lieut. Lindsay Drummond, Royal Flying Corps
H.K. Pinhey II’s Fenian Raid medal
Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey II helped defend Canada against Irish-American invaders in 1870 when he was barely 16. His medal for this service was returned to Horaceville by a private collector last year, and joins a button from his military tunic. We pay tribute to the late John Swan for his kindness in remembering the Foundation.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (opening July 2018)
Fenian Raid Medal
The Foundation is pleased to provide an opportunity for Ottawans to meet Dirk Decuypere, the Belgian researcher who identified the grave of Lieut. Lindsay Drummond of the Royal Flying Corps, whose mother was Catherine Lucy Pinhey. Dirk will speak about his research that resulted in the re-marking of the last resting places of Canadians Lindsay Drummond, Thomas Arthur Metheral and Robert Smith Bennie a century after their deaths.
Masters of War:
The Canadians in the Great War
Norm Christie outlines the history of the development of the Canadian Corps from the early days in 1915-16 as inexperienced Colonials, to 1917-18 when they became the most effective fighting force on the Western Front. It started with Canada's most famous battle at Vimy Ridge, when, against all odds, they captured the strongest German position on the Western Front. Who was responsible for these developments? How did they come about? How did this incredible transformation happen? Norm explains the players and their personalities that made it happen and how their success and confidence brought about changes that made the Canadians completely different to the British and Australian Armies. And how, after all their sacrifices and accomplishments, were they forgotten?
Norm Christie is the acclaimed television host of several History Channel Documentary series including: For King and Empire, For King and Country, Lost Battlefields, Striking Back, Secret Liberators, In Korea and Battlefield Mysteries. He has travelled the World following in the footsteps of Canada's soldiers, from Sicily to France, to Spain, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. In addition, Norm has written 24 books on the Canadians in the First and Second World Wars, including the 10 volume For King & Empire series on which the TV series was based.
Norm Christie, a metallurgical engineer by trade, was Chief Records Officer of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the UK, and their Administration Officer in Arras, France for five years. He has been taking tours to European battlefields for more than 20 years. Norm is recognized as Canada's No.1 expert on the battlefields and cemeteries of the two World Wars. Recent publications include the three volume series Sacred Places (Canadian Cemeteries of the Great War), For Our Old Comrades (The Story of the Vimy Pilgrimage), and the 6 hour TV series, The Great War Tour with Norm Christie (TVO & Knowledge Network). His current projects include a 1 hour show, The Wounded, and the search for the missing Vimy cemetery, CA40, containing the remains of 44 Canadian soldiers, including William Milne, V.C.
First World War Art:
Picturing the Unimaginable
The First World War was an event of unimaginable violence and horror that killed or wounded 40 million people. This talk explores how visual artists used their work both to record the war and to try to come to terms with its trauma.
Admission free. Refreshments follow each lecture.
Lectures take place at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 7 pm
Monday, July 9, 2018, 7 pm
Monday, July 30, 2018, 7 pm
The Pinhey's Point Foundation
Dunrobin (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada
The Pinhey's Point Foundation
270 Pinhey's Point Road
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