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Lets all go to the islands
The political and technical history of Expo 67

* Crdit: Photo Roger La Roche

Conference by Roger Laroche
Sunday, October 2, 2016
13:30 P.M.

Duration: 90 min.

Centre dhistoire de Montral
335, place DYouville
Montral, (Qubec)
H2Y 3T1

Information and reservations : (514) 872-3207


We look back at the six months of Expo 67 with affection. The site, the pavilions, the sounds and smells all contributed in a big way to making a visit to Man and His World an exceptional experience. But what do we really know about Expo 67s history? That it took six attempts from 1863 to 1962 before Montreal could finally host a worlds fair? That earth excavated from building the metro system was only a small part of the landfill needed for the event? That opponents to the fair in Montreal almost succeeded in having it cancelled? This presentation will acquaint you with the political and technological challenges and glitches that faced the Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition throughout the design and building of the site.
Roger La Roche

Active in environmental protection and sustainable development for 25 years, Roger La Roche has taught at Collge de Rosemont and the University of Sherbrooke. He also taught and led educational missions in countries all over the world, including Vietnam, Bolivia, and Benin. For a decade now, Roger has carried out historical research on world fairs with a special focus on the Montreal worlds fair of 1967. His research has resulted in the publication of some fifty historical documents on the pavilions of Expo 67 and on related subjects. In his boundless enthusiasm for his subject, he feels lucky to have worked at Expo 67 and its extension (Man and His World) from 1967 to 1973.