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Big Changes at the Offices of Pier 21

A blog from the Office Manager… I can hear the collective groan from the internet abyss, but fear not! The offices at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 are very much full of life!

You see, we have been under construction since December 2011 with major work (and my major involvement) as of January 2012. Five months of core drilling, conduit and the replacement of our HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units have given me the opportunity to learn a plethora of new language and appreciate a new wardrobe. Yes, I own a hardhat and a pair of STSP boots (high fashion does indeed belong on the worksite.) It has been one of my responsibilities to work with the team and keep organized as the construction project moves along and I would love to share these experiences with you.

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Lawlor’s Island Survey

Historians tend to pay close attention when a public site seems “silent” in public memory. This is true of a place quite close to Pier 21 in Halifax Harbour. Lawlor’s Island is next to McNabs Island, close to Eastern Passage. People in Halifax love the harbour islands. We’re all over these things. Devil’s Island, Georges, McNabs – people can’t get enough. But strangely, few people in town know very much about Lawlor’s Island (or its history) at all.

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Hello world.

(Sorry; it has proven impossible for me to embark on this blog with any other phrase.)

I’m looking forward to blogging: I really like my work and I think the stuff I uncover in the course of doing research is really interesting. Of course, I also like microfilm and think that piles of old documents are awesome, so I may not be the best indicator of what is actually fun...

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