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December 7, 2012
Mackenzie House presents Road to Rebellion exhibit
On the 175th anniversary of the climactic December 7 battle of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Mackenzie House launches its Road to Rebellion exhibit.

The exhibit explores both sides of the 1837 conflict through images, stories, and the most personal of the Rebellion's artifacts - 10 prisoners' boxes, which were carved in 1838 by jailed rebels awaiting trial. This exhibit will be at Mackenzie House throughout 2013.

"This exhibit takes another look at the Rebellion, in a significant anniversary year for that conflict," says Janet Schwartz, Museum Coordinator, Mackenzie House. "Being the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, it also examines the idea of the Rebellion taking place 25 years after that war, and some connections between those events."

In conjunction with the exhibit opening, Mackenzie House invites visitors to join fellow rabble-rousers and musician Mike Ford, former band member of Moxy Früvous, for Fight and Flight! on December 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. This evening of music, baked treats and cider will feature tales of William Lyon Mackenzie and his fellow rebels, including the suspenseful story of Mackenzie's escape from Toronto and its menacing gallows. Tickets to the event are $22.50 plus tax. Please pre-register by calling 416-392-6915.

Mackenzie House, located at 82 Bond St., is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, radical journalist and publisher, leader of the Rebellion of 1837 and Toronto's first Mayor. The house was given to Mackenzie when he retired from public life by friends and supporters in recognition of his many years of service to the community. William Lyon Mackenzie was named as a National Historic Person of Canada in 1949.

The City of Toronto operates 10 historic museums that work collectively to inspire passion for our city. Toronto's museum professionals present the history of Toronto in ways that engage residents, visitors and community groups alike.

For more information visit: or follow these museums at and on Twitter @TOhistoricsites.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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