- A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform
- Four Wars of 1812
- Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World
By Mauro Peressini and Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique
November 2012, ISBN 978-0-660-20259-4
108 pages, 67 images, 15 x 15 cm, paperback
Includes $15 in Museum coupons plus savings on Membership
Special Price: $5 (also in French)
Over 300 stunning Vodou artifacts from the internationally recognized Marianne Lehmann Collection are at the heart of Vodou. The exhibition demystifies a spiritual tradition that remains very much alive in Haiti and among Haitians abroad. Shaped by a history of slavery, oppression and resistance, Haitian Vodou is far removed from the myths manufactured by Hollywood. It is both a spirituality and a cultural movement that celebrates the past and present of the Haitian people. This souvenir catalogue contains over 60 beautiful photographs capturing the vibrancy of the artifacts featured in the exhibition, alongside insightful text that reveals the enduring appeal of this complex spirituality.
Mauro Peressini is Curator, Southwest Europe and Latin America, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC). He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Montréal. His research has focused on immigration in Canada, sociocultural identities, multiculturalism and, more recently, religions in Canada. His past exhibitions at the CMC include Presenza: A New Look at Italian-Canadian Heritage, Pompeii and The Greeks.
A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform
By Christina Bates
November 2012, ISBN 978-0-660-20184-9
284 pages, 153 images, 22 x 27 cm, paperback
$39.95 (also in French)
This first and only in-depth analysis of the attire worn by the largest workforce in the health care system explores the role of the nurse’s uniform in creating nursing identity for over a hundred years.
The introduction of the nurse’s uniform in the late nineteenth century was part of a strategy to legitimize North America’s first nursing schools. At first varied and experimental in design, by the early twentieth century the uniform was drawing on elements of fashionable, scientific, military and ecclesiastical wear, and had standardized into a blue or pink dress worn with stiffly starched white cap, bib and apron. This remarkable outfit lasted until the 1970s, when educational and societal changes brought about its demise, and practical scrubs became the most common nursing apparel. Seen through the lens of age, gender, class and race, this book shows how the uniform was an active participant in the changing culture of nursing work and thought.
Richly illustrated with images of actual garments and over 150 compelling period photographs, cartoons and drawings, the book’s ten chapters explore the uniform within the contexts of hospital, community, nursing school and residence. A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform will appeal to nurses, historians and scholars of dress.
“Uniforms are rich in meaning, and Christina Bates does an excellent job of teasing out those meanings. Wisely, she has concentrated on the evidence of actual artifacts, as well as a wide variety of visual and written sources. This spirited and scholarly book makes a significant contribution to the study of dress and society.”
— Jane Farrell-Beck, Professor Emerita, Iowa State University
“This is a very important book that places the nurse’s uniform in the cultural context of school, residence and practice settings. The role of the uniform in nurses’ identity is an aspect of nursing that has never before been fully considered. A must-read for historians of nursing. A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform will bring back memories for nurses who wore the uniform, and will provide insight to those nurses who came after.”
— Dr. Meryn Stuart, retired Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of the AMS Nursing History Research Unit, University of Ottawa
“Well laid out, packed with keen information. I am just so pleased to add this to our library archives for the Fashion History Museum…. This is such an important contribution to the history of Canada.”
— Kenn Norman, The Fashion History Museum
There is more than one side to every story. In the War of 1812, there were four. For Canadians, the War of 1812 was about American invasions. For Americans, it was about standing up to the British. For the British, it was an irritating sideshow to the Napoleonic Wars raging in Europe. And for Native Americans, whose presence in the war is too often forgotten, it was a desperate struggle for freedom and independence as they fought to defend their homelands.
Canadians and Americans have used the War of 1812 as a source for nation-building narratives, centred on their stories of the war. But all four groups fought and remembered their own War of 1812. Written to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the infamous war’s outbreak, this beautifully designed volume recasts the conflict as a war of four perspectives—and four stories.
Including extensive images from the Canadian War Museum’s vast collection, and text by distinguished historian Peter MacLeod, this fascinating and rich volume presents a new view of a crucial event in North American history.
Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World
By Justin Jennings, Martha Cuevas García and Roberto López Bravo
April 2012, ISBN 978-0-660-20188-7
72 pages, 65 images, 8” x 5”, paperback
$7.95 (also in French)