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2502, 2024

Pat McGrath Scholarship Winner 2023

Krystal Gray from Guelph, ON, is the recipient of the Workers’ History Museum Pat McGrath Scholarship for 2023. She is currently attending the Early Childhood Program at Conestoga College at the Doon Campus located in Kitchener Ontario. After she graduates from this degree program in April 2024, she plans [...]

1511, 2023

2023 Events at a Glance

As the world got back to some sort of normal living, 2023 was a very busy year for the Fundraising committee as we have attended 10 events so far. The events have all occurred between February and October so far. PSAC components and regional councils held their triennial conventions [...]

507, 2023

Welcome Hannah

We had some very good candidates for our research assistant for this summer. We selected Hannah McCourtie, who is studying a joint Honours degree in political science and history at the University of Ottawa. She has experience in theatre productions, research with the government and other groups. She has [...]

407, 2023

Meet our new employee, Leslie Hutchinson

We are pleased to introduce you to Leslie Hutchinson, our new Curator and Collections Manager and our first full-time employee!  Leslie comes to us with a decade of cultural and heritage experience in a variety of organizations, including the Revelstoke Railway Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. [...]

2804, 2023

National Day of Mourning, April 28

In 1991 the federal government officially recognized the National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, eight years after the Canadian Labour Congress launched the day of remembrance. The date 28 April was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers Compensation Act received its third reading [...]

2501, 2023

Pat McGrath Scholarship Winner 2022

Sarah Kadach from Vernon, BC, is the recipient of the Workers’ History Museum Pat McGrath Scholarship for 2022. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN) at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus. She plans to either become a healthcare lawyer or to pursue [...]

1301, 2023

Kids reacting to typewriters

Enjoy the reactions of kids looking at old typewriters and trying them out. Hilarious. To all you former secretaries, commercial school grads, computer experts---this is for you and your kids and your grandkids! Look at the watches they're wearing too!... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfxRfkZdiAQ

808, 2022

Minnie Bell 2

Devoted followers of the WHM website will recall the "Career of a Canal Tug" feature in our "What's New" section. Well, researcher Paul Harrison, who authored the piece, is not one to rest on his laurels, and has provided the following update: With the help of a genealogist, I [...]

2310, 2021

The Career of a Rideau Canal Tug

By Paul Harrison Alva with barge in locks 1905; Workers' History Museum Image Collection PC0112 Among the WHM's image collection items are postcards of the Rideau Canal locks below Parliament Hill, a popular vista - then as now - for visitors to the capital. Unlike most, however, [...]

2604, 2021

What It Was Like Logging in Quebec in the 1940s

Before the age of chainsaws and logging trucks, farmers from Ontario—my father and I included—would travel to a logging camp in Quebec to earn additional money during the wintertime. Memories of logging in Quebec in the 1940s Back in 1943, when I was 17, I spent the [...]


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