“They gave up themselves for the next generation”: The Working Lives of Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967.
Open June 2012–December 2013
The working lives of Chinese Canadian women are filled with stories of sacrifice and success. Through photographs and oral history interviews collected from community members across Canada, explore the fascinating stories of Chinese Canadian women as workers in the years 1923-1967 – a period of restricted immigration to Canada. Their contributions as homemakers, restaurateurs, doctors, business owners and more were central to the economic well-being of their families and communities.
The interviews, photographs and ideas presented in this exhibition have been adapted from a project launched by the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO) in 2011 with the financial support of the Government of Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Community Historical Recognition Program). Visit the website at www.mhso.ca/chinesecanadianwomen
Black Creek Pioneer Village is proud to have worked with the MHSO to adapt this exhibition for our gallery. We look forward to working with more groups in the future to share our stories and reflect the diversity that characterizes present-day Toronto.
Photo Credit: Mrs. Ling on the family farm, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1938. Courtesy of Mary Ling Mohammed.
Three Families and Their Quilts
Open July 28-November 30, 2012
In this exhibition, browse rarely seen 19th and early 20th century textiles donated to Black Creek Pioneer Village by families whose ancestors once lived and worked nearby. Learn about the one-of-a-kind pieces on display and their links to Black Creek’s local history.
Photo credit: Edgeley Public School with Dalziel and Snider family descendants shown, 1888. Image courtesy of the City of Vaughan Archives, City Clerk's Office.
Look & Play: A Toy His-Story
Fire trucks, trains, penny banks, wagons, dolls, doll furniture, miniatures and more! This exhibition presents toys, the entertainers and educators of childhood, as a reflection of life in 19th century and early 20th century Canada. A delightful was to experience history.
The Conestoga Wagon Is Home!
The Conestoga was home for many weeks as Pennsylvania German families traveled the long journey to Upper Canada to settle and start a new life in the early 1800s. These big sturdy wagons, drawn by 4 or 6 horses, or 1 or 2 pair of oxen, carried families, their worldly possessions and their dreams through river valleys and mountain passes, through forests and wetlands. For weeks on end the Conestoga was home, and valiantly rolled on until the rich agricultural land, of what is now known as Southern Ontario, was reached.
Upon settlement in the new country, the Conestoga wagons were returned to their former use as farm and freight vehicles. Strong and practical, these Conestoga wagons remained in service for many decades and earned an honorable place in North American history.
Our Conestoga wagon is back home from the Canadian Museum of Civilization where it was proudly displayed for a number of years.
Gateway to the Greenbelt
An informative and educational travelling exhibit highlighting the Greenbelt's significant contribution to the quality of life in Ontario. The exhibit explores the history of the Greenbelt's countryside, its working landscapes and rural communities, as well as its environmental significance. The area's beauty and diversity are captured in image and text, showcasing places to see and things to do.
This exhibit has been created by Black Creek Pioneer Village in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
The Schmidt Dalziel Barn
There are very few buildings in Canada that survive 200 years. And of that small number, only a handful are barns. This amazing barn is one of Canada's oldest and rarest barns.
The barn stands here today as a tribute to the settlers who came before, who knew how to build sturdy, functional structures essential to their survival. It stands here today because of the rich woodlands that provided the firs growth white pine in abundance. It stands here because of the generations of a hard working farming family who used it well, and kept it sound, and shred it with us all.
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