Saturday, 30 July 2011

Col. By Day

Just a reminder that the Workers' History Museum will be at Col. By Day! Col. By Day is on Monday August 1st this year. We have a table at the Bytown Museum, beside the locks of the Historic Rideau Canal. Stop by to say hello, ask us about our current projects, check out our new logo, and get to know us.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Meet Virginia and the Family Leave Project

Hello All,

Allow me to introduce Virginia. She is a graduate from the University of Ottawa and we are fortunate to have her as our Family Leave Project Researcher and Exhibit Developer for the summer. Virginia is hard at work looking into how different forms of paid leave, such as maternity leave and parental leave, came to exist in Canada. She is researching how unions across the country fought to have paid leave as part of their collective agreements, how the types of leave have changed since their establishment, and how far we could still go to ensure that parents are able to take the time to be parents to their children without fear of losing their jobs or the means to support their families.

For more information about the Family Leave Project, please email us at

Monday, 11 July 2011

Celebrate Working Class History

While on the internet we came across a bit of workers’ history on the Parks Canada’s website. Workers built Canada and played a significant role in shaping its history, laws, institutions, and social progress, yet their role is not always recognized by national institutions. So it’s always interesting when a government department like Parks Canada chooses to recognize our history. Check it out at

And on the subject of celebrating working class history, the Workers' History Museum will be outside the Bytown Museum on Col By Day on August 1st. So come down and say hello! We are eager to meet you and talk about the museum, our upcoming exhibition, and listen to your suggestions on what we can do better.

See you there!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

June Wrap-up

Hello All,

First I want to send out a huge thanks to everyone who reads this blog, and shared the blog with their friends via email, word of mouth, facebook, and twitter. Because of your support the blog had 358 views in June! So keep up the sharing and hopefully that number will go up in July.

Second, I want to let you know about our email addresses and what information should be directed to what address. The new addresses are linked and their uses are explained below.

1) - This is the generic email address for the Workers' History Museum. All general inquiries and information should be sent to this address.

2) - This is the email address for the Communications Committee. Any inquiries and information concerning the website (future website), blog, facebook and twitter accounts, newsletter, and promotional material about the museum should be sent to this address.

3) - This is the email address for the Exhibits and Education Committee. Any inquiries and information concerning exhibitions (both current and suggestions for future exhibits), public programming, walking tours, school programs, oral history programs, public information/promotional days (eg. Col. By Day, Heritage Day, Labour day, etc) should be sent to this address.

4) - This is the email address for the Fundraising and Membership Committee. Any inquiries about becoming a member of the museum, or about fundraising initiatives should be sent to this address.

That's it for now, and thanks again for your support!