KIDS! Children of the Eastern Townships between 1890 and 1930

This collection showcases a small selection of the thousands of remarkable photographs in the ETRC’s collection. Kids! – Children of the Eastern Townships between 1890 -1930 is a photograph exhibition that displays the life of children in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and takes you on a journey back in time.

Kids! celebrates children and the unique environment they had growing up in our region. Boys out riding in wintertime, girls playing in the hay or fishing at the river: These children were fortunate to be surrounded by an undeniably distinct landscape that affected how they were reared. The rich topography with vast fields, endless lakes and rivers, and beautiful mountains was, and is still, a phenomenal playground for children. Discover the changes marked by the style of clothing, the toys the children played with, and the quality and setting of the photographs. Although the exhibit’s timeframe from 1890 to 1930 reflects these changes throughout the decades, the timeless aspect of what it means to be a child in the Townships has remained the same.

The collection predominantly portrays children from privileged families in our region. Unfortunately, this is only a small reflection of the children who grew up in the Townships during the late 19th and early 20th centuries on account of the more limited photographic pictorial record that exists of lower income families. Nevertheless, regardless of whether children were born into wealthy or underprivileged families, children within the Eastern Townships were blessed with a unique childhood. Regardless if you are a native to the Eastern Townships, recently moved here or simply a visitor, Kids! may spark memories of your own childhood - surely it will put a smile on your lips.

Created by Eastern Townships Resource Centre - ETRC

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