Pier Perspectives Blog

  • Collaboration in Oral History Research

    Collaboration is an essential part of oral history research, and takes place across the country between the Museum and various institutions, including settlement organizations, universities, and community groups. Collaboration can take many forms, and is part of the process of sharing authority in oral history, which makes practicing history more inclusive and democratic.
  • Digital Preservation is for life, not just the holidays!

    Preserving your digital memories

    With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s the perfect time to reminisce about get-togethers and good times spent with family and friends.

  • First Families of Pier 21

    On February 28, 1928 the Holland America line steam ship Nieuw Amsterdam departed from Rotterdam, Netherlands and was the first ship to arrive at Pier 21 on March 8, 1928.

  • The Immigrants: The Story of a Photograph

    This photograph, taken by Harry Cochrane, depicts immigrants arriving at Pier 2 in Halifax’s North End just before the First World War. Although the date, people, and ship are unknown, their faces and apparent emotions, as well as details such as the background and clothing, make this an interesting piece of history. We would love to hear from anybody who may know anything more about this photograph!

  • Quarantine Memories of Chicken Wire and an Uncomplaining Mom

    His sister’s case of the measles landed six-year-old Mike Sumner’s family in quarantine after they arrived in Canada in March of 1963.

    “I spoke to my dad and he thinks it was around 3 to 4 weeks that we were there,” Mike recalled. “The brick walls and the bars on the windows.