Pier Perspectives Blog

  • Call Your Grandparents

    One of the things I love most about working in the Scotiabank Family History Centre (SHFC) at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is that every interaction is wildly different.

  • “Young Man, You Take Yourself Far Too Seriously”: The Memoirs of Immigration Officer Fenton Crosman

    Canadian immigration history can be researched using a staggering variety of sources.

  • Deciphering Family Facts from Family Lore

    Our family histories are the stories that we decide to repeat and share, editing out the parts that were unclear or unseemly, and over generations those stories become our truths. But what if there was someone who could help decipher family facts from family lore?

  • Anyone Could Be a Refugee; No One Chooses To Be a Refugee

    When there is a war in a country, it can become difficult for its citizens to leave... People lose their lives and leave their homes to escape to neighboring countries. Or, they might simply stay put and instead move around the country while waiting to return to their homes.

  • Reflections on Oral History Interviews from Prague Spring Refugees

    Several refugees who arrived in Canada from the former Czechoslovakia after the 1968 Warsaw Pact Invasion shared their stories with the Museum in the form of oral histories. Reflecting on the commonalities of these stories led us to realize how unique each story is, even in such a specific moment in history. These diverse experiences help us to understand the complexity of the refugee or immigrant experience.