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Culture and the Canada–U.S.
International Boundary

Symposium: June 14–16, 2010
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540


Tug of war on the international bridge
The annual tug-of-war between residents of Van Buren, Maine and St-Leonard, New Brunswick on the border-spanning bridge. The Canadian team, pictured, won. Grande Riviére Festival, July 14, 1991. Photo by David Whitman. Maine Acadian Cultural Survey Project Collection, AFC 1991/029 MAP-DW-CO49-2. Select on the photo for a larger view.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Canada together with the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec join in welcoming the public to Borderlines/ Borderlands: Culture and the Canada-US International Boundary, a free symposium featuring leading Canadian and US scholars, which will explore the history and culture of regions, communities, and their residents along the Canada-U.S. border.

The lands adjacent to the Canada-U.S. border form a cultural region that is distinct from other areas of both countries. During the symposium, participants examined the area's cultural expressions. The symposium was recorded with digital video and the resulting documentation have been added to AFC's archival holdings in order "to collect and preserve the record of America's creativity and the world's knowledge." Webcasts of the symposium have been posted to the Library's website, in order to make the proceedings available to a worldwide audience.


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