Railroaded: The Creation of Immigration Facilities in Halifax, 1889-1928

Wed., November 17, 2021, 7:00 pm (Atlantic)

Steven Schwinghamer: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Abstract: Pier 2 was the busiest historical immigration site in Halifax, serving the Atlantic passenger trade during the peak years of Canadian immigration before the First World War. Despite this significance, Pier 2 is invisible or distorted in public and academic histories. Exploring the development of the immigration sheds at Pier 2 illuminates the state of the port and city of Halifax, and of Canada’s immigration system, during a transformative period in Canadian history.

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Two Girls Named Blanche: Race, Gender, and Education in Turn of the 20th Century Halifax

Wed., December 8, 2021, 7:00 pm (Atlantic)

Judith Fingard

Abstract: The contribution to the black community in Halifax of two girls named Blanche was recognized in the April 1915 issue of the short-lived Atlantic Advocate. Blanche Roache was identified as “the first coloured young lady to enter the Conservatory of Music” and, the reporter noted, by “a singular coincidence, Miss Roache’s mother…was the first coloured lady to enter the Halifax Academy,” the city’s public high school. This paper explores some features of these ‘firsts.’

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