Museums and Galleries in Canada – Places for Discovery
Ever since I was very young, I have been drawn to history, fascinated by the stories of people and places around the world and close to home. In high school, my first visual art teacher opened my mind and my imagination to the great masters of art. I was captivated not just by their skill, but by their stories – their passions and motivations, how they were shaped by the forces around them. This is likely what drew me to complete an art history degree and later my Masters of Museum Studies. There, I discovered the powerful role that museums and galleries play in telling our stories, prompting people to come together to learn about our diverse histories and fueling critical and important debate.
I had the opportunity to learn about the early life of Italian Canadians when I helped plan a special exhibit at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. Located in the heart Hamilton (ON), near my hometown, this special place promotes the history of working people in Hamilton.
I started my career here at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, in Kleinburg, ON. As an educator, I had the opportunity to share my passion for the work of the Group of Seven and my eyes were opened to the talent and stories of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. This truly remarkable place is a ‘must see’ for Canadians. Originally the home of Robert and Signe McMichael, the sprawling grounds and impressive gallery are a showcase for Canadian art.
There is truly nothing else like the Diefenbunker. This public museum and historic site, located 75 feet underground in Carp, ON, is a physical reminder of Canada’s response to growing international tensions during the Cold War. Through my work at the National Trust for Canada and the Launch Pad Coaching program, I had the pleasure of working with the passionate staff who bring this history to life.
Hamilton, Ontario to
50 Great Saves: The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act
Duncan, British Columbia to McAdam, New Brunswick 10 places
In 1990, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act came into effect after years of lobbying with the help of the National Trust for Canada. The act has granted over 150 railway stations federal legal protection across the country including the Duncan train station in Duncan, BC and the McAdam Railway Station in McAdam, New Brunswick.
Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Histories
Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 35 places
geocaches that demonstrate the rich, diverse histories of Atlantic Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia to Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia 9 places
The geography of Black urban Halifax and Windsor encompassing the waves of Black migration
The Hidden Black Cityscape
Saint Marys Parish to New Brunswick 15 places
Explore Fredericton’s early Black history. Often missing from the modern cityscape.