Findings/Trouvailles is a regular online feature of the Champlain Society that presents an intriguing piece of the Canadian past. Every posting offers a new surprise: an archival document, a piece of correspondence, a baptismal record, an old newspaper report, film footage, a work of art, a sound recording, an object of material culture—even an entire building. Each “finding” or “trouvaille” is the subject of a learned discussion that, in the typical style of Champlain Society publications, illuminates the content and context of the “find.” Through Findings/Trouvailles, the Champlain Society provides everyone with a passion for Canadian history to share their interest in the people and events of the past and to explain how these artifacts speak to them. The items need not be in a Canadian collection, but they should enhance our understanding of Canadian history.

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Editorial Committee: Stacy Nation-Knapper (Chair), Tina Adcock, Patrice Dutil, Mairi Cowan, Travis Hay, Abril Liberatori, Andrew Nurse, and Donald Wetherell


Amantacha and the letter -m-: Persistence of St. Lawrence Iroquoian in Seventeenth-Century Jesuit Records” by John Steckley (July 2017)

A “Very Particular Assistance” from Jean de Brébeuf: Opium, relics, and a cure for phrénésie in seventeenth-century New France” by Nicholas Overgaard and Mairi Cowan (June 2017)

“For an Independent Socialist Canada”: Rediscovering The Waffle Manifesto” by Roberta Lexier (May 2017)

“From What is it? to What it is: The Norwood’s Cove Object and the Continuing Search for the Saint Sauveur Mission” by Tim Garrity (April 2017, Part II)

A Map of Saint Sauveur: True or False?” by Tim Garrity (April 2017, Part I)

Cautionary Tails: Percy Moore’s Lab Rat Experiments in Residential and Day Schools” by Travis Hay (March 2017)

Canada and the Trans-Atlantic Battle over Embossed Type” by Janet Friskney (February 2017)

Martha Manter: Damaged Patriot in the 1917 Halifax Explosion” by David A. Sutherland (February 2017)

“Merry Christmas, Rex” by Patrice Dutil (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 12)

“New Year’s Day in the Columbia District” by Stacy Nation-Knapper (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 11)

“Unhappy Holidays, 1867″ by Travis Hay (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 10)

“Courtship in Muddy Yuletide York” by Mairi Cowan (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 9)

CASH for the Carrier” by Donald W. McLeod (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 8)

“The Conditional Gift of Reverend John West” by Stacy Nation-Knapper (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 7)

“Christmas at Fort Franklin” by Germaine Warkentin (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 6)

“A Musical Midnight Mass in New France” by Mairi Cowan (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 5)

“A Blue(berry) Christmas: Sheldon Lake, Yukon, 1942″ by Tina Adcock (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 4)

“Christmas Eve at Spokane House”: Imagining a Fur Trade Christmas by Stacy Nation-Knapper (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 3)

Italian Canadians, Their Newspapers, and Christmas Traditions by Abril Liberatori (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 2)

King Cakes at the Ursuline Convent in Quebec by Mairi Cowan (12 Days of Trouvailles, Day 1)

“The Final Days of Nicholas Melady Jr. as Witnessed by William Dickson” by Donald W. McLeod (Halloween 2016)

« Gens des Outaouais », première appellation des coureurs de bois, d’après le « Memoire historique » de Denis Riverin (1705) par Gilles Havard (Octobre 2016)

“Gens des Outaouais,” the first designation of the coureurs de bois, in Denis Riverin’s Memoire historique (1705) by Gilles Havard (October 2016)

Perdus en traduction : Les cahiers en méchif-français de William Davis par Émilie Pigeon (Septembre 2016)

Lost in Translation: The Michif French Diaries of William Davis by Émilie Pigeon (September 2016)

Golf at Jasper Park in the Canadian Rockies —Advertising the Golf Course Landscape by Elizabeth L. Jewett (August 2016)

A Family, A Fair: The Withrows and the Canadian National Exhibition by Jesse Alan Munroe (July 2016)

“Not At All Prepared for the Winter”: A Family Narrative of Dispossession by Ariel Merriam, Jordan Stanger-Ross, and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective (June 2016)

Sarah Dunford’s Purchases: Selecting Clothing and Fabrics at an Upper Canadian Country Store by Douglas McCalla (May 2016)

Ordinary Sources: Manpower and Immigration’s LIP Announcement by Andrew Nurse (April 2016)

A Man of Influence: Letters Related to Dr. Oronhyatekha by Michelle Hamilton (March 2016)

Curing Hockey’s Ills: Sir Henry Gray’s Address to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, March 1933 by Andrew C. Holman (January 2016)

Performing Blindness: A Postcard of the Taylor Concert Company, c1910, and the Canadian History of Disability by Sara Spike (December 2015)

“For Our Own Purposes”: Prime Minister Macdonald Deliberately Portrayed Indians As Rebels in 1885 by W.A. Waiser (November 2015)

James Nisbet’s Travel Diary, 1848: Lessons on Education, Reading, and Religion in Canada West by Patricia Kmiec (October 2015)

A Gay “Kiss-in” and the Quest for Equality, 1976 by Donald W. McLeod (June 2015)

Listening through the Séance Trumpets: A Strange History of Communications in Canada by Beth A. Robertson (May 2015)

Henri Bourassa on Conscription, June 6, 1917 by Pierre Anctil (April 2015)

A “Canadian Ball” at Rivière-du-Loup, 1840, from the journal of William Ord Mackenzie by Sandra Alston (February 2015)

Lost and Found in Ontario: The Case of Champlain’s Sword(s) by Douglas Hunter (January 2015)

Echoes of Exploration: Two Songs of Franklin by Daniel Robert Laxer (December 2014)

The 1839 Memorial of Jacob Franks for services during the War of 1812 by Peter Davis (November 2014)

The David Thompson Memorial Fort: An Early Attempt to Make a Tourist Attraction Out of Western Canadian History by Ben Bradley (October 2014)

Étienne Brûlé: Paris Bourgeois by Danièle Caloz (September 2014)

Étienne Brûlé : Bourgeois parisien par Danièle Caloz (Septembre 2014)

Franklin Relics, Then and Now: Canadian Arctic Sovereignty on Display by Tina Adcock (May 2014)

“World’s Series Hockey Game Knocked Out by Influenza”: The 1918 influenza pandemic and the abandoned Stanley Cup final of 1919 by Douglas Hunter (April 2014)

“We Want Our Land”: A 1976 Stó:lō Land Claims Negotiations Comic by Madeline Knickerbocker (March 2014)

A Discussion on the Future of Canada: The Cahan-Bourassa Correspondence of 1911-1912 by Patrice Dutil (February 2014)

“The History of Mr Radison’s Transactions”: William Yonge’s Letter, 1692 by Germaine Warkentin (January 2014)

Kootenay Pelly and Spokane Garry: Indigenous Students at the Red River Mission School by Stacy Nation-Knapper (December 2013)

Fighting in “The Hundred Days,” France, August 1918 by J.L. Granatstein (November 2013)

Discovery of the Baptismal Certificate of Samuel de Champlain by Janet Ritch (October 2013)