The Story of Ste. Marie II
With funding by Virtual Museums Canada.
Curated by Nicole Aszalos, with Dr. Ron Williamson and Peter Carruthers
The islands and coastline of Georgian Bay are among the most beautiful places in the Great Lakes. And throughout the past 12,000 years of human history stories of famine, war, and friendship unfolded.
The tragic tale of Ste. Marie II, details how a village with just one year of occupation illuminates the early history of Indigenous populations and their interactions with the French, English, and Dutch visitors to North America.
The Indigenous populations of this region, including the Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg, survived four long centuries of colonial domination and attempted assimilation. To this day, archaeological research continues to play an important role in efforts by First Nations to assert their rights and interests for both ancestral and contemporary territories.
This is the story of the last months of the Wendat and some of their Indigenous allies, along with the Jesuits, on Christian Island. The legacy of Ste Marie II rests with the oral histories of the Wendat and both the documentary and archaeological records of the settlements on this beautiful landscape.
Southwestern Ontario: 13,000 Years of History
This exhibit follows the narrative of time from technological advances to environmental changes. Through video, we look at how archaeology can help us understanding the past.
The Lawson Site Digital Exhibit
by Timmins-Martelle Heritage Consultants
The exhibit chronicles archaeology at the Lawson Site across over a century of fieldwork. The shifting priorities of archaeologists through time and the resurgent presence of Indigenous peoples both at Lawson and in archaeology generally, are represented. The story of the Lawson Site parallels the story of archaeology. This exhibit is also available for view in our permanent gallery!