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Small Stories, Big Ideas
Canadian Museum of History
January 19, 2020, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
The most powerful encounters with history begin with a single story.
A compelling tale can spark our imagination, foster empathy, and connect us with the past.
Beyond that, these seemingly small stories can lead us to understand big histories.
The tragic story of a young girl named Hazel who died from the Spanish Flu in Dundas, Ontario, helps students understand a global health crisis that took place a century ago.
A visit to a one-room schoolhouse in Nova Scotia sparks intergenerational conversations about segregation, discrimination, and the experiences of people of African descent in Canada.
What can a single story tell us about our community, our country, or our society? What questions can we ask to reveal larger patterns and themes? How can personal histories fill in the gaps created by traditional, historical narratives? How can small stories make complicated histories more accessible to learners of all ages?
The 12th Canada’s History Forum features the recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards to share their experience of making the personal stories big and the big stories personal.
This event took place on January 19, 2020 at the Canadian Museum of History and was livestreamed via Facebook. View the event programme.
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