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Breaking the Silence:
Stories of the British Home Children, 1869-1948

Breaking the Scilence - British Home Children

Imagine what it would have been like to travel across the ocean as a child to an uncertain future in a new country. Drawing on family stories, photographs and artifacts from community members and institutions across Ontario, this exhibit explores the experiences of some of the approximately 118,000 British Home Children sent to Canada between 1869 and 1948. See unique trunks children made to carry their belongings overseas, medals for Good Conduct and Length of Service that several Home Children earned, and the signal flags used by Home Child Arthur Clarkson in the First World War. Today, about one in ten Canadians is descended from a British Home Child, but most of us don't know it. Are you?
This exhibit was created by Black Creek Pioneer Village in partnership with the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association.


“They gave up themselves for the next generation”: The Working Lives of Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967.

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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

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.


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 way to experience history.

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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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