Pier 21 stands out in my mind as the most emotional, interesting and memorable museum I have yet had the pleasure to visit. Located on the Halifax Harbour, this port is where some 1 million immigrants landed in Canada between the years 1928 - 1971. There was an incredible amount of information to take in. I immersed myself most deeply into the personal stories, but what really moved me was experiencing, in a couple of hours, the evolution of our country, and how much has changed in how we treat each other. While I got a strong feeling of the positive changes that have taken place over the years, I was still left with a heavy feeling of how much further we have left to go. Not hopelessness, not at all, just the weight of of a very gradual change. We're moving forward, just at a pace that is frustratingly slow.
Here are just a few things that stood out to me, and I will spare you the detailed history, but will include links to websites if you would like to read more about these events.
|The museum does not try to shed a rose coloured light on Canada's history. This is the first exhibit visitors|
are greeted with upon entry and it instantly sets the tone for the rest of the tour.
|After being denied entry into the country, and their safe return to Europe, over 200 of these passengers|
perished in the holocaust. You can read more about this event HERE.
|An interesting ad from a newspaper. I love the artwork.|
|Many of these original homesteads are still in existence today. But as the old buildings|
decay, and farms get bigger, they are slowly becoming unrecognizable.
| Of course, I was familiar with the Titanic, but I was shocked to learn of this devastating event. It was one|
of the most difficult exhibits to get through. There were many sad stories, and terrible photos from the event.
You can read more HERE.
|This letter was found more than two months after the disaster and was eventually returned to "Roger", who had|
survived. It caught my eye because it was from my home province of Saskatchewan.
|I would not, not ever get back on a boat after surviving something like that. Amazing.|
|A sad, but interesting part of our history. Read about it HERE.|
|This photo speaks volumes, doesn't it? The look of disappointment and sadness in their faces captured my attention, and even|
now in a photograph of a photograph, I feel their pain deeply.