Submitted by megan on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 22:13
I was supposed to get myself in bed early tonight, and yet, and yet. O glowing screen, how can I resist you?
Back not too long ago from Eric and Grant's exhibit at the Diefenbunker. Shelley and Steve and I drove out to Carp, gave our congratulations and hugs, toured the exhibit, listened to speeches, drank German beer and ate sausages before going on a mini-tour of the place.
The exhibit is unsurprisingly great, and the Diefenbunker is crazy interesting. Between the two of us, Steve and I took a bazillion pictures. Many of mine are of Machines From the 70s, which is a category of machines that I love.
I almost took a picture of the clumsy looking brutally right-angled brown and cream and orange calculator, and then thought, What am I going to do with a picture of that calculator? and walked on by, looking at this map and those notes scribbled on the white board, around the desk, where I looked up and saw Steve taking a picture of the calculator.
But that is not the point of this post. The point of this post is that I really don't know a lot of history, and I particularly don't know a lot about Cold War history, and I particularly don't know about Canada's role in, or preparations during, said period of time.
And that I now know more.
The other point of this post is to tell you that if you've never been to the Diefenbunker you should go, and you should give yourself lots of time to watch the video interactives that are a key part of Cold War Berlin: Life at the Breaking Point, if only because Grant worked really really hard on them.