Women’s Work and Children’s Play: Women and Children at the CNE, 1879 – Present

Miss CNE 1977, Brenda Bomberry, tries her hand at pysanky, Ukrainian egg painting.

Women’s Work and Children’s Play discussed the Canadian National Exhibition’s (CNE) history in entertaining women and children, through events, competition, and exhibits. This talk took place at the CNE Archives, located at 2 Manitoba Drive, on May 12, 2011.

Emily Beliveau is a curator at the Huron County  Museum and Historic Gaol. Beliveau holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Concordia University, and a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Archives was founded in 1964 to acquire, preserve,
and allow access to the records of the CNE, Canadian International Air Show, and the Warriors Day Parade Council.
For more information, or to contact the archivist, please see Exhibition Place & CNE Archives.

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Suggested bibliography and resources

  • CNE Archives Online
  • The Ex: a Picture History of the Canadian National Exhibition, by James Lorimer (Toronto: J. Lewis & Samuel, 1973)
  • Ghosts of the Canadian National Exhibition, by Richard Palmisano (Dundurn: Toronto, 2011)