Archival pictures from the holdings of the Lennox & Addington County Archives and a selection of objects at the Lennox & Addington County Museum are provided in digital format to complement Social Studies and History units of the Elementary and Secondary Ontario Curriculum. Expanded resources may be accessed on the Lennox & Addington County Museum’s E-History Project at http://www.lennox-addington.on.ca
Museums, as depositories of material culture, collect artifacts made and used by people. These artifacts can be interpreted to reveal the people that used them. Objects used in every day human activities define individuals and communities and influence local, regional and world events.
Object based history is a starting-point for a multi-disciplinary study of local history that interweaves with regional and national history. This approach gives us a greater appreciation of the role of material objects in human activity, the people who used them, the communities, customs and traditions they evolved.
Lennox & Addington’s E-History is a starting point for another look at Lennox & Addington’s historical story. Based on the premise that objects relating to a geographic area can reveal the historical story of that area, Lennox & Addington’s E-History discusses each object in its historical context and provides links to details of the object, as well as, photographic and written sources.
Including the local story in the teaching of Canadian history will encourage students to relate the Canadian story to a familiar community. An understanding of objects and primary sources will enable students to explore the lives of real people who were affected by the events and happenings of Canadian history.
The support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Culture Museum and Technology Fund, is acknowledged, as is the support of the County of Lennox & Addington, for making this project possible.