THE PINHEY'S POINT FOUNDATION
In 1984 Lt-Col. John T. Woolsey, CD, of Kanata (now part of the City of Ottawa) presented the Foundation with John Charles Pinhey's 1881 painting "Meditation". The artist painted this lovely portrait of his cousin, Kate Pinhey, when he was 21 years of age. Both John Charles and Kate were grandchildren of the Honourable Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey. Miss Pinhey, who died in 1937, bequeathed the portrait to her niece, Col. Woolsey's mother. It became the inspiration for an exceptionally attractive and interesting exhibit at Pinhey's Point.
MEDITATION '92 was the highlight of the 1992 exhibits. Volunteer Sally Harrison devoted 75 hours to recreating for display the wine-coloured day dress in which Kate sat for her portrait more than a century ago. Harrison drafted a pattern for the reproduction costume using written directions from several 1880 and 1881 pattern drafting books. The 1990s version of the dress is made from wool flannel and rayon/acetate faille.
School Days in old March Township
In Ontario, from the 1840s to the 1870s, the provincial government promoted and ultimately legislated tax-supported primary education for all. Initially, not all Ontarians supported this policy. For example, in March Township, wealthy property owners were a strong voice of opposition to "education for all". They feared a revolution among the farming class should this group become better educated. One of the most outspoken and influential opponents of educational reform was Hamnett Pinhey. In spite of the resistance, by 1866 there were eight one-room schools in March Township.
SCHOOL DAYS, the primary exhibit of 1994, ran the full length of the summer to rave reviews. The display, including a diorama of a 1930s schoolroom, was inspired by the schoolhouse S.S. No. 2 (now the Kanata Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery), which still stands in the village of South March.
Origin and Cultural Ownership of a Canadian Icon
Pinhey's Point Historic Site May 12 - August 31, 2013
Carleton University Department of History September-October 2013
This exhibit from the Pinhey's Point Foundation features a hitherto unseen manuscript account of the discovery of the 'Champlain' astrolabe, and an exploration of its contested status as a cultural symbol.
A qui l'astrolabe?
Provenance et la propriété culturelle d'une icône canadienne
Lieu historique de Pinhey's Point 12 mai - 31 août 2013
Département d'histoire de l'Université Carleton Septembre-Octobre 2013
Cette exposition de la Fondation Pinhey's Point présente un manuscrit -jusqu'à maintenant inconnu- de la découverte de l'astrolabe de Champlain et une exploration de son statut contesté comme un symbole culturel.
William Henry Bartlett's Ottawa River
The Champlain and Bartlett exhibits complement RIVERFEST, Pinhey's Point Historic Site's annual keynote event celebrating the Ottawa River, August 12, 2013, and are our contribution to the year-long Champlain 2013 events marking the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's first ascent of the Ottawa in 1613. See www.champlain2013.ca
W.H. Bartlett était un artiste britannique qui a visité l'Amérique du Nord dans les années 1840. Il considérait la nature sauvage canadienne à travers les yeux instruits dans l'esthétique pittoresque britannique. Néanmoins les gravures de Bartlett sont probablement les images les meilleures connues du Canada au XIXe siècle. Découvrez ce que les Pinhey avaient à dire à propos de sa vision de Horaceville.
Ces deux expositions se complètent Riverfest, l'événement annuel célébrant la rivière des Outaouais, le 12 août 2013 et sont notre contribution aux événements marquant le 400e anniversaire de la première ascension de la région d'Ottawa de Samuel de Champlain en 1613. voir www.champlain2013.ca
La rivière des Outaouais de William Henry Bartlett
Origin and Cultural Ownership of a Canadian Icon 2013:
Commemorating 1867 and 1967, and 1917
The origins and significance of domestic Gothic architecture in Ottawa
Ottawa the Capital and Ottawa the City come together as civil, ecclesiastical, Parliamentary and a revolutionary residential Gothic transformed rough frontier Bytown into a City of Ottawa worthy of being the capital of a new nation.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (2017)
Intimate views of Vimy
The Vimy Memorial names 11,285 Canadians missing in France, one of Ottawa’s Pinhey family among them. Follow a devoted sister as she tries to learn his fate. And visit with another family member who came to Vimy as a student pilgrim in 1936.
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site (2017)
(Juanita Snelgrove PPF)
W.H. Bartlett was a British artist who toured North America in the 1840s preparing sepia sketches as the basis for folio volumes of engraved views for sale to the home market. He viewed the Canadian wilderness through eyes educated in the British picturesque aesthetic. Nonetheless Bartlett's engravings are probably the best known views of nineteenth-century Canada. Discover what the Pinheys had to say about his view of Horaceville.
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)
W.H. Bartlett, March on Lake Chaudiere
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)
Provincial plaque unveiling 1967
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)
Lieut. Lindsay Drummond, Royal Flying Corps
(PPF Collections, gift of Alan McLay)
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
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
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 7 pm
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.
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.
Masters of War:
The Canadians in the Great War
Monday, July 9, 2018, 7 pm
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
Monday, July 30, 2018, 7 pm
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.
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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