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Canadian Museum of History: You can relive the shows of your childhood


From Mr. Dressup to Paw Patrol, the Canadian Museum of History is launching a new exhibit featuring television shows from our childhood.

It’s like stepping back in time to the golden age of television.

Puppeteer Nina Keogh made television history working on children’s shows like The Friendly Giant and Polka Dot Door.

“I was the very first host of the Polka Dot Door in 1971,” Keogh explains. “And yes. I had to wear the Polkaroo costume.

Keogh also worked on Mr. Dressup.

“We were working under the counter when Mr. Dressup was standing at the counter,” Keogh explains. “And the puppeteers were downstairs and we were on little rolling stools with backrests. And we also had monitors under there so we could see what the camera sees.

For anyone who remembers the Today’s Special, Keogh was on that as well.

“Muffy the mouse and Sam Crenshaw the night watchman.” Says Keogh.

Another popular program in the 80s was Marie-Soleil, played by Suzanne Pinel.

“Furgus was created with my aunt’s fur coat. She gave me a fur coat,” says Pinel. “I think it was such a privilege to be able to do the Marie-Soleil TV series, with all the great people at CJOH. It brings back all the memories of the fun we had doing it.

The exhibit also includes rare puppets from a number of children’s shows.

Marigold, Humpty, Dumpty and Bear from Polka Dot Door. (Dave Charbonneau/CTV News Ottawa)

“You will also see the programs that you will like the most,” says Olivier Côté, curator of the exhibition. “Like Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup, Polka Dot Door, Littlest Hobo, Romper Room. They’re all in the exhibit.

“It gives people a reason to come now,” says Jantine Van Kregten of Ottawa Tourism. “It’s great for generations of people, it’s not just for kids. It is also for the elderly and middle-aged people.

About 100 Canadian made kids TV shows are featured here to rekindle your childhood memories

“For the adults walking around there, it brings back so many memories, it’s just amazing,” says Pinel. “It really is history, that’s what the museum can recreate so well.”

The Television of Our Childhoods exhibition opens on Friday and will remain open next year.