January 11th marks the 200 birthday of Sir John A Macdonald. Sir John A. spent 19 years in office and in that time led the way for many of the foundational legislature that helped establish and develop Canada. Examples of these documents include: The Canadian Constitution, and the British North America Act. To honor the first prime minister there are week-long celebrations in his hometown of Kingston, ON, including: community murals, a book release, and even the performance of some of his speeches. Though it is his hometown, the people of Kingston leave the event open to discussion about his policies and whether he deserves a Toast or a Roast. We are a bit far from Kingston, but if you are looking for something a little closer to home, we have memorabilia and the desk of Sir John A. on display in the gallery here at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is a dynamic cultural, educational, and historical institution. Located on the stately University of Saskatchewan campus, the DCC is the only combined Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada.
Existing to celebrate Canadian history, the museum preserves and interprets core collections representing the life and times of John G. Diefenbaker, presents national and international cultural exhibitions, and develops educational and public programs in keeping with the high academic standards of the University of Saskatchewan. Our particular themes are citizenship, leadership, and Canada’s role in the international community.
- Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Weekends and Holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Closed for the Holiday Season from December 20th until January 4th, as well as Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day Family Day, and Good Friday