Special Exhibits & Presentations

Aabnaabin: Looking Back to Where We Come From

Permanent Exhibit

This permanent exhibit at Lang Pioneer Village Museum serves as an orientation for visitors upon arrival to contextualize the settlement story and the major impacts that settlement had on the local Indigenous population. 

Cross Cut: Traditional Ontario Folk Songs Revisited

Exhibit on display May 24 to June 4 in the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building

"Meet the Artist" with Rob Neizen
April 30, June 2, June 3 & June 4 ~ 12 noon to 3:30 pm
Meet visual artist Rob Neizen who will be onsite to discuss the Cross Cut exhibit and display his linocuts.

Opening Reception
Friday, May 13 ~ 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building
Opening reception launching a songbook, double CD and exhibition under the title 'Cross Cut' with visual artist Rob Neizen, music historian Dr. Allan Kirby, and a performance by traditional music group Backwoodsmen.

About Cross Cut
CBC’s Edith Fowke collected folk songs in rural Ontario during the 1950s—many in Peterborough County. Traditional music came to Ontario with European settlers. Lyrics and tunes were adapted to local experiences and the personal preferences of the players, and these offer a reflection of society at different moments in history. The underlying themes are of a timeless nature, as they deal with human existence: love, deception, politics, war, immigration, work, leisure, murder, death, etc. Musician and music historian Dr. Allan Kirby, visual artist Rob Niezen and traditional music group Backwoodsmen selected and revisited just shy of two dozen folk songs from rural Ontario. They created contemporary arrangements and adapted lyrics, resulting in a double CD and an illustrated songbook. The songbook presents the songs with lyrics and chord progressions, an introduction by Dr. Allan Kirby, and Rob Niezen’s linocuts reflecting on the narrative of the songs with a contemporary perspective by applying the concept of ‘crosscutting'.