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Nothing but the Tooth(brush)

As Curatorial Assistant at the Museum, I have the great opportunity to delve deeply into the Museum’s historical collections. Let me tell you, every inquiry is an adventure and my research helps me put together pieces of the past and preserve our nation’s history.

Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working with several museum collections.  I am always struck by the way the simplest things that many people take for granted can hold so much history and represent any number of stories, emotions and display human innovation. If I may, I would like to share one such example. 

Tips and Tricks: Band-aid Solutions for the Event Planner

In the 2001 movie The Wedding Planner, we watch JLo with her calm professional demeanour and her bag of tricks (or belt in this case) solve multiple last minute crises seconds before the wedding ceremony is about to begin. While not all event professionals have an item to fix every problem underneath their suit jacket, I have learned about a few essential items to have stocked just in case.

A “Little” Coincidence

On March 13, 2012, I received an email from Bonnie Pollock of Nova Scotia who wanted to find out more about her great-great-grandfather George Little. He arrived in Canada from Ireland before 1837 and settled in Prospect, Nova Scotia. But there was no record of his arrival because Canada did not start keeping record of immigrant arrivals until 1865. Manifests from this time are few and far between, as not many of them survived. Knowing I would not be able to determine which ship he arrived on, I focused my search on determining where in Ireland the Little family is from. I began with some early genealogical research on George Little and his family in Nova Scotia, determining who he married and who his children were. I discovered that George married Mary Coolin and had the following children: James (b. 1840), Thomas (b. 1841), John (b. 1844), Peter (b. 1847), Ann (b. 1848), Margaret (b. 1854), George (b. 1856) and Mary (b. 1858).