Searching for Home: the Many Lives of Lucy Maud Montgomery
An Exhibit at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre — October, 2008 to January, 2009
to live in my own house—something I had never done. To own a bit of land—to stand on it and say “This is mine.” A house one could do as one likes with, never having to care what “the congregation” thought or think, “What is the use? We may have to move on in a year or two and leave it.”
— Lucy Maud Montgomery, March 8, 1935, Selected Journals
L.M. Montgomery’s “Journey’s End” at 210 Riverside Drive in Toronto (JPG – 36kb)
Co-curated by Mary Rubio (University Professor Emerita and Montgomery biographer) and Sandra Lucs (Vilnis Cultural Design Works), the exhibit which will be hosted by the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, from October 24th, 2008 to January 2009, will highlight the life and work of Canada’s most successful author through a variety of artifacts and images from the University of Guelph Library’s archival collections.
The exhibit will showcase the University of Guelph’s extensive collection of L.M. Montgomery memorabilia, examine Montgomery’s adult life in Ontario and explore how the realities of her life were woven into her novels. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s search for home throughout the course of her life is traced through her personal life experiences and the lives of the female protagonists that she created.
Her life-long search for a home grew out of her circumstances as a motherless child and a woman at the turn of the last century. Most of her life was lived in homes owned by others, including her maternal grandparents and church-owned manses in Ontario. In 1935, after 25 years in temporary quarters, Maud finally bought her first permanent home, located above the Humber River in West Toronto’s Swansea. Fittingly, she called it “Journey’s End”, in recognition that her lifelong search for a home that was fully her own was now complete.