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Link to Donate to the CNE FoundationFrom first job, to first date, to memories of the lights, sounds and delicious smells of the midway, personal connections with the Canadian National Exhibition span generations. At the CNE Foundation, we are committed not only to the preservation and protection of the rich archival collection of this cherished community tradition, we are dedicated to sharing this incredible collection with the public.

The CNE Archives Project is a multi-phase campaign aimed to take CNE portion of the Alexandra Studio Fonds from the digitization phase to sharing it with the public through an exhibition. This collection consists of 109,032 photo negatives and is significant in the CNE’s institutional memory. Unfortunately, the cellulose acetate negatives are suffering from Vinegar Syndrome, which causes them to crack and lose the content.

We’ve started the painstaking digitization process, but it’s a race against time. Thousands of our priceless images are under the threat of being lost and we need to digitize them now to preserve them for future generations. The financial impact of COVID-19 means this work may have to be deferred further.

This has been a difficult year, but if you’re able to help, please consider making a financial gift to the CNE Archives Project. Our goal is to raise the $100,000 needed to complete Phase 1 of the Project, the digitization phase. Donations of every size count.

With your support, we can ensure the rich history of the CNE is protected and can be enjoyed by many generations to come.

Please click here to learn more about the CNE Archives Project or view the download below.

To make a donation to the CNE Foundation, please click here

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