Pinheys Point Foundation - Milestones Slide Show
Pinheys Point Foundation - Past Exhibits
Also featured:

·  Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey: A Man of Property
· Home Improvements at Horaceville 1820 to present
· Walling’s 1863 Map of Carleton County
· Necessary Business: 19th Century Hygiene at Horaceville
· Profiles from our Past
· Mrs. Pinhey’s Kitchen
· Mr. Pinhey’s Gardens
· Shining a Light on the Past
Below are links to peruse some of our previous exhibits and a 68-slide presentation of Milestones at Pinhey's Point, capturing highlights at the site since 1980.
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 is grateful to the City of Ottawa for financial support and translation services in the preparation of exhibits for Horaceville.
2014 locations
Whose Astrolabe? Origin and Cultural Ownership of a Canadian Icon
Cette exposition de la Fondation Pinhey's Point présente l'histoire d'un manuscrit presque inconnu de la découverte de l'astrolabe 'Champlain' et une exploration de son statut contesté comme un symbole culturel.

Emplacements pour 2014

Veuillez contacter les institutions pour les dates et heures précises

Juin 7 à Août 31 Champlain Trail Museum, Pembroke, Ontario
1032, rue Pembroke Est, Pembroke, ON K8A 8A7
(613) 735-0517
hamplain Trail Museum

23 Août 2014 au Février 2015 Archives des jésuites au Canada, Montréal, Québec
25, rue Jarry ouest, Montréal (Québec) H2P 1S8
(514) 387-2541 poste 238
Archives des Jésuites au Canada

June 7 -August 31  Champlain Trail Museum, Pembroke, Ontario
1032 Pembroke St East,
Pembroke, ON K8A 8A7
(613) 735-0517
Champlain Trail Museum

October 23, 2014 to February 2015   Archive of the Jesuits in Canada, Montreal, Quebec
25 Jarry Street West, Montreal, QC H2P 1S8
(514) 387-2541 ext. 238
Jesuit Archives
A qui l'astrolabe? La provenance et la propriété culturelle d'une icône canadienne
Charlie Pinhey and the 38th Ottawa Battalion: From Bermuda to the Somme
We mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War by following Charlie Pinhey and his fellow soldiers of the 38th Ottawa Battalion to their first posting, not in France but in Bermuda.
The Origins of Domestic Gothic Architecture in Ottawa
Some second generation Pinheys moved to professional work in the city.  Their stone villas of the 1850s and 1860s, designed by English architects, combined a revolutionary floor plan with fashionable Tudor style.  Our keynote exhibit highlights residential gothic and how it improved a rough frontier capital.

On view in the Department of History, 4th floor Paterson Hall, Carleton University, October 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

Coming to Pinhey's Point Historic Site summer 2015

Program event: The Pinhey’s Point Foundation is co-sponsor of a two-day colloquium on the origins of domestic Gothic architecture to be held at Horaceville, at Carleton University, and at various events around Ottawa, Friday September 26-Saturday September 27.  See further details elsewhere on this website.
(Stiff Bros., Stereoview of Earnscliffe, c1872. LAC PA-012694)
St John's Church South March 175th Anniversary
Our third exhibit commemorates the 175th anniversary of St John’s Anglican Church.  Hamnett Pinhey and General Arthur Lloyd helped the inland settlers build this church at South March, after years of meeting in a school house.
Coming to Pinheys Point Historic Site Summer 2015

Program event:  The Pinhey’s Point Foundation’s historian Bruce Elliott will speak on the early history of St John’s, South March, at a special dinner event sponsored by the congregation on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  Please contact the Church office for further information.
(C.P. Meredith, St John's South March, 8 June 1925.  LAC PA-026089)
There are three parts to our astrolabe exhibition: the discovery of the astrolabe and the contending views over whether or not it really belonged to Champlain, what Ottawa River steamboat captain Daniel Cowley’s 1893 manuscript adds to our understanding of it, and finally, the astrolabe’s afterlife as an iconic artifact, symbol and logo.  Unlike the scholars of his day, Cowley did not immediately associate the astrolabe with Champlain, but drew upon local knowledge to view the find in the context of centuries of use of the Muskrat Lake portage route by French and aboriginal interests.  He has much of interest to say about the Algonquin who in the 1850s were still living on Muskrat Lake and about their oral history.  We are pleased that the exhibit appears with the Champlain Trail Museum’s collection of archaeological discoveries from the Meath Site, which demonstrate the kinds of ongoing finds that shaped Capt. Cowley’s understanding of local history.

Beyond the debate over its origins, the astrolabe has come to mean different things to different people.  It has special meaning for the people of Quebec City, founded by Champlain, as well as for Cobden, near where it was found and where it is pictured on the street signs, and for Renfrew County in general.  The exhibit includes a stained glass replica of the astrolabe, presented to George MacDonald, the former head of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, by the late Harold Dobson, who spearheaded the local campaign to repatriate the artifact from New York, on loan from Dr MacDonald. 

More generally the astrolabe has become a symbol of Champlain, but also of the quest for knowledge, and of Canadian heritage, and to some indigenous commentators a symbol of dispossession.  The exhibit explores these various and often contradictory meanings by providing examples of how the image of the astrolabe has been used through the years.  Be sure to see the works by celebrated aboriginal photographer Jeffrey Thomas who uses sly humour and irony to strike home harsh truths and a First Nations perspective on the meaning of this famous cultural symbol.

The Pinhey’s Point Foundation is responsible for research, exhibits, and collections at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, a historic mansion picturesquely situated on the Ottawa River in rural Ottawa, near Dunrobin, now a City of Ottawa museum. 
This exhibit marked the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's first voyage up the Ottawa River in 1613.  It features a hitherto unseen manuscript account of the discovery of the 'Champlain' astrolabe and an exploration of its contested status as a cultural symbol. 
Program event: 

Dr Duncan McDowall,
Queen's University,
will give an illustrated presentation

"From the heaven of Bermuda to the hell of the Somme: Ottawa's 38th Battalion enters the Great War"

Pinhey's Point Historic Site
Friday, August 22, 2014, 7pm
Refreshments follow
Sergeant Charlie Pinhey, second row at far right, with officers and other non-commissioned officers of the 38th Battalion in Bermuda. Credit: PPF, Constance Snelgrove collection.
OPENS JUNE 7, 2014
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