Learn about the history of the town and its Huron-Wendat Nation roots at Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum’s new Archaeology Alive! exhibit.
Archaeology Alive! is an exciting exhibit that explores the cultural and political contributions of Huron-Wendat Nation members who founded the original community. The exhibit officially opened July 11, but a ceremonial opening the night before brought people from all levels of government, archeologists, representative of the Huron Wendat who now centre their community out of Quebec, and history buffs who got a first look at the rare artifacts that will be on display for a year.
The artifacts from the Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site, previously referred to as the Mantle Site, show much of the detail of everyday life in the village as it was.
When visiting this exhibit, visitors will have the chance to engage with ancient artifacts that are on loan from the Canadian Museum of History and the Huron-Wendat Museum. Visitors will also be able to dive deeper into the history of the town and the Huron-Wendat culture through an immersive 3-D gaming experience that was created in collaboration with Ryerson University. Oral histories from Huron-Wendat Nation members will also give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the community’s culture and history.
“This is an important step of many steps for Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Huron-Wendat People,” Mayor Iain Lovatt said.
The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site is one of the largest and most culturally-rich 16th century settlements in North America. It was first discovered by archaeologists in 2002 and later excavated between 2003 and 2005 to reveal the remains of the village. The discoveries from this excavation and research that has been collected since will be presented at the exhibit.
The Archaeology Alive! exhibit will be open to visitors during regular museum hours. For more details visit www.townofws.ca/museum.
Feature photo: Whitchurch-Stouffville MP and former Indigenous Affairs Minister Jane Philpott, Huron Wendat Chief’s representative Max Picard, and Maude Ostiguy stand in front of some of the artifacts from the Jean-Baptiste Lainé archeological dig site in Stouffville.