Toys and TV Finding a Uniquely Canadian Identity in the 1950s

Date:March 8, 2017
Time:2:00pm - 4:00pm

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada at Fulford Place! This Heritage Week, the museum is hosting a series of free weekly talks exploring our history and identity. This event is presented as part of MyOntario – A vision over time, a conversation among Ontarians about our experiences, identities, values and aspirations.

The end of the Second World War sparked an era of momentous change around the world, as countries sought to rewrite or reinforce their national identities. Discover the fascinating part that toys and television played in promoting Canadian nationalism and shaping a Canadian identity during this period of transformation.

Kendall Garton, PhD (Queen’s University) – “Apocalypse at the Doll Counter”: Barbie, Marjie, and the North American Toy Industry, 1959-67

Emily LeDuc, PhD Candidate (Queen’s University) – “A Matter of National Necessity”: Exploring Canadian Cultural Nationalism Through the History of Early Television, 1945-1965