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Rain or Shine?

As the Youth Public Programs Coordinator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, weather can affect my job a fair bit. I often plan programs that give youth opportunities to move around and explore new places. When I’m planning an outdoor program I definitely consider the possibility of bad weather and plan alternative indoor activities.

Immigrant Voices: Diverse Reactions to the Transatlantic Voyage from Europe to Canada’s Shores

From 1928 to 1971, Pier 21 was an active immigration shed. Over one million immigrants, refugees, war brides, and evacuee children came through its halls before setting out across the country to begin their new lives in Canada. Upon arriving in Halifax, and in the years after, many individuals relayed their immigration story to us, stories which are now a significant component of the Museum’s holdings. At the Museum, our Story Collection is one of our strongest assets. This collection includes primary accounts of what it was like to come to Canada including: travelling by ship, first impressions of Pier 21 and Halifax, and train travel across the country. I share a few of these accounts to draw attention to some of our collection available online.

Cleaning out the Cobwebs—Crafts from Around the World

Recently, the education department undertook an inventory of all supplies. We uncovered many exciting things including feather boas, costumes, yarn and tons of sparkles. In amongst all of these things were arts and crafts projects from around the world that we had done with day camps, school programs and exhibitions, many of which I had forgotten about. The crafts brought back warm memories of fun days with children and paints. Try a few out with your little ones or students or have a craft night with your friends! Whenever we make crafts, our goal is that students will create something their parents will be proud to display in their homes regardless of skill, age or cost.

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