Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon at 100

An Exhibit Tour Curated by Irene Gammel
Ottawa | Toronto
| Winnipeg | Vancouver | Prince Edward Island

Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon at 100 is presented on the occasion of the centenary anniversary of the publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s iconic novel Anne of Green Gables. Curated by Dr. Irene Gammel, the exhibit tour is organized by Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Research Center with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The exhibition assembles in panels images selected from a treasure of new visual sources such as portraits, photographs, daguerreotypes, manuscripts, magazine advertisements, cover art, and posters. A short documentary produced in the Modern Literature and Culture Research Center accompanies the visual panels.

The narrative told in the exhibition is based on new research that presents the many faces of Anne as Maud pieced them together in 1905. For the first time, viewers are able to see how the iconic character was influenced by Maud’s reading of glossy magazines, and how she was composed by the blending of glamour girls and orphan girls whom Maud discovered by reading the magazines in her grandmother Macneill’s homestead in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island. The exhibit reveals the complex evolution of the world’s most famous redhead.

As Anne herself says in the novel: “There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.


April 19, 2008—September 1, 2008

Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon @ 100

Museum: Historic House and Gardens
Curated by Irene Gammel

285 Spadina Road

Toronto ON M5R 2V5

 T: 416-392-6910


 Click here for the Toronto Life listing of the exhibit

 Click here for the Toronto Star review of the exhibit
 Click here for the Spadina Museum website
 Click here for the Ryerson review of the exhibit
 Click here to view photos of the exhibit


July 8—September 1, 2008
Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon @ 100

Ryerson Library

Curated by Irene Gammel

350 Victoria Street

Toronto ON M5B 2K3

 T: 416-979-5055

 F: 416-979-5215




September 15—December 5, 2008
Looking for Anne of Green Gables - Short Video Documentary

Toronto Reference Library

Osborne Collection of Children’s Literature



August 15—September 1, 2008
Looking for Anne of Green Gables -

Short Video Documentary

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Flower Building near the Coliseum



May 15, 2008—December 1, 2008
Green Gables Heritage Site, Cavendish, PEI

Vernissage on June 18, 2-4 pm with special guests

 Click here for the Guardian review of the exhibit
 Click here for photos of CBC TV coverage of the exhibit

 Click here for photos of the vernissage on June 18, 2008


May 31, 2008—June 8, 2008
Lillooet Room, Irving Barber Learning Center, University of British Columbia Library, 2008 Congress
of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada

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pictures of the Exhibition, May 31-June 8, 2008

 Click here for pictures of the Exhibition Symposium, May 31, 2008

 Click here for the Events Program draft

 Click here for pictures of the exhibit, May 31-June 8, 2008 
 Click here for pictures of the exhibition symposium, May 31, 2008


June 5, 2008—March 1, 2009

Reflecting on Anne of Green Gables/ Souvenir d’ Anne

La maison aux pignons verts

Library and Archives Canada

Curated by June Creelman and Irene Gammel

395 Wellington Street

Ottawa ON K1A 0N4

 T: 613-996-5115

 T: 1-866-578-7777


 Click here for photos of the LAC exhibit and vernissage on June 4
 Click here for LAC exhibit webpage
 Click here for Reuters preview of the exhibit

 Click here for photos of the team

 Click here for promotional postcard images
 Click here for Anne Collector Exhibit Poster in English


June 12, 2008—September 30, 2008
Confederation Centre of the Arts


September 2—September 30, 2008
Hamilton Galleria, University of Winnipeg Library
Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures


October 23—26, 2008

From Canada to the World: The Cultural Influence of Lucy Maud Montgomery

University of Guelph


For More Information

Tel: 416-979-5000 ext. 4771



Publicity Contact:

Diane Hargrave

T:  416-467-9954, ext. 104

F: 416-467-0881

E: dhprbks@interlog.com

Loans and Collections Support

Collections support for the exhibit is kindly provided by:

The Smithsonian, Washington, D. C.,
The Hudson River Museum (Yonkers)
Museum of American Art
New York Public Library
Library and Archives Canada
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
University of Guelph Library
Toronto Reference Library
Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Toronto
L.M. Montgomery Institute
And Others.


Curator: Dr. Irene Gammel, Ryerson University, and Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture

Exhibit consultants: Dr. Shauna McCabe, Mount Allison University and Senior Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, and Dr. Alla Myselev, University of Western Ontario

Documentary Production: Alla Gadassik
Design: Jill Hansen and Jade Rude
Production and Installation: Amleet Mangat
Archival Documentation: Beth Knazook  and Alison Skyrme
Exhibit Tour Coordination: Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau
Events: Dr. Suzanne Zelazo