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Winnie the Pooh exhibit coming to Winnipeg

Winnipeg's most famous bear to be showcased at the Pavilion Gallery Museum next summer.

A photo of Winnie in the camp.

A photo of Winnie in the camp.

An art exhibit featuring Winnipeg’s most famous bear is coming to Assiniobine Park.

Remembering the Real Winnie: The World’s Most Famous Bear Turns 100 will open in the summer of 2016 at the Pavilion Gallery Museum.

“It has been over a century since Harry Colebourn, a Winnipeg veterinarian and soldier, made a small but historic decision to buy a black bear cub and unknowingly changed the course of children’s literature forever,” said Trevor Clearwater, Director of Visitor Services at Assiniboine Park Conservancy in a press release. “We are honoured to share untold parts of this story with Winnipeggers and visitors alike through this historical exhibition.”

The exhibit was developed by Ryerson University’s Research Image Centre and Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre.

The story of Colebourn, who bought a black bear cub who would later become the inspiration for A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, is a familiar one to Winnipeggers. It will feature photographs, Captain Colebourn’s wartime diaries and veterinary tools, as well as a digital archive and interactive exhibition.

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