Past Exhibitions

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

From November 22 to December 10, 2016 the Atwater Library exhibited for the public the magnificent Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. The Tapestry consists of over 300 hand-embroidered panels telling the stories of Scots who settled all around the world.


World tour director Jenny Bruce and volunteers were present during the exhibition to provide information. The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal with Bruce Bolton’s leadership to be made the arrangements and underwrote the cost of exhibiting the Tapestry in Montreal, and we are grateful to them for choosing our building. See feature stories by CTV Montreal News and Global News Montreal.

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Scottish Tapestry at Atwater Library Scottish Tapestry at Atwater Library

“For my dear Atwater Library” — Leonard Cohen

For the AWE project public consultation on October 1, 2014, curator Edward McCann mounted an exhibition of special works by Quebec writers in English taken from the Atwater Library vault. The earliest book was an 1864 anthology of poetry published in Montreal that includes a poem by Thomas D’Arcy McGee. D’Arcy McGee, the author and politician, was an early lecturer at the Library, then known as the Mechanics’ Institute of Montreal. Another highlight of the display was one of Leonard Cohen’s first volumes of poetry, inscribed “For my dear Atwater Library – Leonard Cohen – Montréal 1964.”

Exhibition on Tourism in Montreal

From late May until the end of September 2014, the Atwater Library reading room featured a fascinating exhibition on Tourism in Montreal. Curated by Edward McCann, retired museum curator, it included pictures, artifacts and rare books portraying different aspects of Montreal tourism from the mid-19th century through the 20th century. There were wood cuts of our organization’s former building at 360 St. James Street, now 360 St-Jacques West in Old Montreal, that was a tourist attraction for several years after it opened in 1854.