History

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Pillars

The history of the Golden Square Mile shapes its identity as much as the museums, parks and businesses found within its borders. As a neighborhood founded by upperclass anglophones of Scottish and British heritage, its development bares a visual contrast to the French and European influence found elsewhere in the city and province. The street names of Sherbrooke, Peel and Mackay, among others, call back to the area’s founding families, as does the architecture preserved on the McGill campus and elsewhere. As our resident social history museum, the McCord houses collections of archaeology, photography, texts and other artifacts in exploration and appreciation of the city’s rich history. The museum’s permanent exhibition, “Montréal – Points of View,” gives an illustrious timeline from the earliest residents to today’s bustling metropolis.