Today I learned that when Henry Hudson was trying to find a northerly route to Asia, it was commonly believed at the time that in the summer, it would be warmer at the North Pole than at, say, the Arctic Circle because the sun was up all or most of the day. So he believed the sun would warm and melt the ice at the pole and he could find a route to Asia over the North Pole. Spoiler alert: he didn't find an ice-free passage, but he did find a bunch of whales off a Norwegian island.
We started this book before the Christmas break and we found out then that on Hudson's last voyage, his crew mutinied and left him somewhere on Hudson's Bay. He was never heard from again. #harsh#til#janiceweaver#canadianhistory#homeschool
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On Mondays I dream about being an Eskimo Curlew. This print may look tropical but do not be mistaken, this little buddy lives in northern Canada. Unfortunately this species is at risk of becoming extinct because of over hunting in the later half of the 19th century... classic.
Today is apparently National Hat Day . As I travel across Canada 🇨🇦 behind my boxes of hat paraphernalia , I am astounded that it is 45 years that I have been connected to , and learning about hats . At this time in my life I have the privilege of making connections out of pure interest , and sharing what I can about the history of hats , the trade , and the skills involved. This lady in this photo is Kaitlyn Colwell . @colwells.clothing Her family business has been going since the 1800’s in Halifax Nova Scotia . They were hat specialists at the turn of the century , and their history as a company was one of my earliest obsessions as a young historical costumer . Kaitlyn has honoured me with being the custodian of one of her family heirlooms . The conformator . As I fly behind it across the country ...... I reflect on what it means to be a traditional men’s hatter .... and I remember the conformator I owned ( from exactly the same company and age ) and sold many many years ago to a men’s’ hatter from Portland named Paul. I had always regretted doing that - and feel somehow that my hatter identity has been restored - like getting your wings back as a fallen angel 😊. Happy hat day Edie ... and thankyou Kaitlyn . We will have lots of fun over the next few years - I look forward to your visits in Vancouver and our spreading the word!! #hatter#collwellbrothers#halifaxhistory#hats#fashionhistory#canadianhistory#canadianbusines#familybusiness#vancouver#tailoringservices#menswear#traditionalmenswear#tophats#bowlers#skills
The Memory Project was lucky to spend Saturday in Calgary interviewing WO Glenn Miller about his experience in West Germany during the Cold War. WO Miller described being a teenager growing up in Lahr, working with anti-aircraft equipment at CFB Baden, joint exercises with NATO allies and much more.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming interviews!
I just finished 800+ pages on the history of Canadian education. I’m nearly finished with my two reviews as well. Although I disagreed with some of the more traditional-minded approaches to academia as presented by Granatstein in “Who Killed Canadian History?”, his talking points of micro-history and extensive multiculturalism prove true in the study social history. I definitely recommend these two! A good way to eat up an afternoon while also learning about our neighbors to the north.
Floral beaded leather panel at the @portagecollegemoapaa museum #explorealberta
Did you know that wildflowers, leaves, and fruits are all themes of Woodland (especially Ojibwe) floral beadwork?
Prior to the 1800s most Indigenous people used porcupine quills for decoration and patterns were geometric.
When I was 13 years old, I started a bucket list. No. 1 on the list was to go see the Titanic. Yesterday, I got as close to it as I’ll ever get thanks to the replica exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. I learned so much more about Canada’s part in the search aid and how much it is a part of Nova Scotia’s history. #titanic#unsinkable#richhistory#tragedy#canadianhistory#whitestarline
Lincoln Alexander Day - January 21st, 2018♥️🇨🇦👊🏾 click link in BIO to reserve your tickets! “A documentary about Lincoln Alexander will be screened at the downtown theatre named after him on Jan. 21, the day where Canada's first black member of Parliament is recognized nationally each year.
It’s part of a celebration that runs 2-5 p.m. at the Lincoln Alexander Center located at 160 King St. E.
After the film, A Linc in Time, director Nicole Brooks will participate in a question-and-answer session about Linc’s legacy.
There will also be a showcase of the Hon. Lincoln Alexander memorabilia collected over the years which is co-ordinated by his granddaughter, Erika Alexander.” #repost#lincolnalexander#lincolnalexanderday#january#celebration#hamont#toronto#hamilton#africancanadians#canadianhistory#alincintime
Spending the day learning about Canada's First Nations. This beautiful totem pole, the Pole of Sag̱aw̓een, is a Haida artifact from the 19th century, which stands over 80 ft tall. It represents the origin of how the Eagle Clan migrated to the Northwest Coast of present day Canada. .
“If he was black or French or whatever, and you reach down to help him out of the water, you don’t say to him, oh, I’m not going to get him up, he’s not one of us.” – Randolph Hope.
Randolph George Hope served with the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. He escorted and unloaded cargo between England and South Africa. In his testimony, he remarked upon the fact that he did not experience discrimination in the Merchant Navy.
In the late 1990s, he participated in the merchant mariners’ hunger strike on Parliament Hill for compensation that had been denied. .
Mr. Hope is pictured leaning on a car he rented to drive to Montreal, Quebec after the war. Follow the link in our bio to hear about his wartime experiences. .