Upcoming Exhibits

Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

  • The Stratford Perth Museum is proud to partner with the Monroe County Museum to present Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird exhibit for the summer of 2018. This is the first travelling exhibit ever created by the museum in Monroeville, Alabama.
  •  This original and exclusive exhibit turns the pages of one the world’s most loved novels.
  • The iconic book is arguably one of the most enduring written works of our time and is as relevant today as it was in the 1930s when it was set and in the 1960s when it was published and despite dealing with an uncomfortable subject it has been a must read and loved book for generations.

    Portrait of American novelist Harper Lee smokes a cigarette as she sits on the porch of her parents home, Monroeville, Alabama, May 1961. Lee’s novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was award the 1961 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction the previous month. (Photo by Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

  • Similarly, the famous movie, which was so loyal to the plot of the novel, holds a special place in cinematic history and for many Gregory Peck will forever be Atticus Finch.
  •  The exhibit examines that phenomenon – a book that is so important to individuals, holds a special place in American culture and is remarkably popular around the world having sold 30 million copies in 40 languages?
  • Thousands of people flock to Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville and the Monroe County Museum each year to see the exhibit Harper Lee: In Her Own Words. The museum is in the courthouse that was the setting for the climax of the movie.
  • The Stratford Perth Museum is very proud of its partnership with the Monroe County Museum and to be able to present this exhibit in 2018.
  • Stratford Festival: Such Stuff as Dreams…

“Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On” recounts the story of the initial years of Stratford’s Shakespearean Festival, when performances were held in a tent. In 1952, over a period of only 18 months, Tom Patterson’s long-held dream to present Shakespearean drama in his hometown progressed from idea to reality. The plots, the plans, the people and the plays that transformed Stratford from a railway hub to the City that hosts North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company are showcased in this exhibit.
A collaboration with the Stratford Festival Archives, this exhibit highlights the Festival’s history, important artefacts, costumes and props, as well as the actors, directors, designers and artisans that create magic on stage.
The name “Stratford” by itself would likely not have justified the establishment of a Shakespearean Festival in the city.   In the early 1950’s Stratford was a railway town of about 19,000 souls.
For 80 years, the Grand Trunk and Canadian National Railways had employed close to half its population. As an industrial centre at a railway hub, it was home to furniture manufacturers, textile mills, machine plants and bottling. But it had one of the most extensive and beautiful parks systems in Canada.
The passion and persistence of local citizens in the first half of the 20th century for their beautiful city set the stage for the eventual crowning of these parks with Stratford’s Shakespearean Festival Theatre.