The Beaton Institute, Cape Breton Regional Library, Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada have partnered to launch Through Her Eyes: Katharine McLennan, an online exhibit documenting the life and accomplishments of Katharine McLennan (1892-1975). Katharine is credited with bringing to national awareness the history and cultural resources of the Fortress Louisbourg.


Katharine’s experience as an artist, a WWI nurse’s aide, researcher, historian and curator is brought to life through archival photographs, correspondence, and artwork from the collections of the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton Regional Library, and Parks Canada.


Project Steering Committee

Jane Arnold, Catherine Arseneau, Rosalie Gillis, Faye MacDougall, Lester Marchand, Mitch McNutt


Project Team

Christie MacNeil, Sarah Nicholson, Lindsay Uhma


Design and Development

Wendy McElmon and Code The Solution Canada Inc.


Educational Consultant

Eric Favaro


French Translation

Marie Frosst


Special Thanks

Maura McKeough, Maria O’Hearn, Kelly Deveaux

The exhibit is made possible in part by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, with additional support provided by Canadian Heritage and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.


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