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Parliament Fire of 1916

Published on January 27, 2016

A fateful night ... 

On Feb. 3, 1916, fire struck the Parliament Buildings. By 3 PM the next day, Parliament had moved down the street, and settled in amongst the fossils, minerals and art at the recently-built Victoria Memorial Museum (now the Canadian Museum of Nature). Parliament remained there for 4 years.

Join us on Feb. 4, 2016 to commemorate the fire’s 100th anniversary.

5 PM – Exhibits. Meet a firefighter from the International Association of Fire Fighters. Try on historical fire equipment with the Bytown Fire Brigade. Engage with a museum botanist about how fire shapes the natural world.

7 PM – Talk by Dr. David Tough from Trent University exploring the fiery legislative debates of the era, from how women got the vote to how income taxation came to be.

8 PM – closing

Free admission. No reservations required (first come basis).

Presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature and the International Association of Firefighters.

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