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History tidbits to get you through the holidays!
The activities and traditions of the holiday season are different for people throughout Canada. This year, we wanted to share some “Did You Know” tidbits about Canadian history for you to use at home or at holiday gatherings… actually, use them however you like!
Did you know that Canada has a history of witchcraft? Read more from Stephanie Pettigrew on Unwritten Histories.
Did you know that the Canadian Museum of History opened its new Canadian History Hall to the public on July 1, 2017? If you haven’t had the chance to check it out listen to this History Slam podcast episode, where Sean Graham, Aaron Boyes and Madeleine Kloske review the new Canadian History Hall.
Did you know that Mona Parsons was one of only a few Canadian civilians to be interned in Nazi prison camps? Read more from Andria Hill.
Did you know the women architects in Montreal during the 1960s changed the skyline and the profession? Read more from Annmaire Adams and Peta Tancred.
Did you know that Disney’s Snow White was inspired by a Winnipeg waitress named Kristin Solvadottir. Read more from Canada’s History Archive featuring Kayak.
Did you know that the seed of an apple will grow a different type of apple tree than the one it came from? Read more from Shane Peacock.
Did you know that a Saskatchewan soldier’s medals, including a Victoria Cross, were auctioned in the United Kingdom and sold for $550,000? Read more about selling Canadian war medals from Mark Reid.
He was an elephant so famous his name was a synonym for big. When he was felled by a locomotive in St. Thomas, Ontario, his death truly resounded.
The Grey Cup is over a century old, but the 1962 title tilt stands out as the greatest game no one saw.
Nancy Payne, editor of Kayak, speaks with Joseph Trivers, Music Acquisitions Librarian, about a song that at one time served as Canada’s unofficial national anthem, and a song from a Norwegian play sung by a celebrated Canadian soprano.
Howie Morenz was ranked by The Hockey News as the 15th best player in hockey history. Yet, with all that accomplished during his life, he is still more commonly known for his untimely death.