Saturday Snapshot–Celebration of Community

January 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm 32 comments


Waterloo Region Museum, a celebration of community and the many people who make up Waterloo Region











The Conestoga Wagon, pulled by horses, brought many people to our community from the USA, Mennonites, and more












Arrival at Pier 21 in Halifax, and then across country to Ontario and other provinces












The Grand Trunk Railway Line. The intersection in the middle of the hallway, but of course the train does not run through that line anymore.











Travelling trunks from many countries around the world











Let’s not forget the Home Children, who were sent here—not by their own choice—but who also make up a  section of our community.











People settled here and worked together to build a community with those who were already here.


The Storytelling Series at the Museum, this winter and spring, feature stories of immigrants coming to any part of Canada


This meme hosted by At Home With Books. To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken, then go to the site and connect with the page by our host, Alyce. Happy Saturday, travelling from one blog to another.


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  • 1. Esme (@cococroissants)  |  January 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I am originally from Ottawa-and went to Law School in Windsor-there is a huge Mennonite population in Southern Ontario. Looks like any interesting display.

  • 2. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Yes, we have a great deal of Mennonites here in this community, some of them founders of this city. They put a lot of effort into their community. Check Joseph Schneider Haus, for instance.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I love to have guests.

  • 3. trish  |  January 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    What a wonderful place to visit! I should try and get out that way next time I’m in the area.

    • 4. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Is it a great distance for you to come. Contact me if you are coming. I can show you other places too.

  • 5. Susan  |  January 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I would love that museum … amazing the changes in technology and in human population demographics that changed during the 19th century isn’t it ? Our countries were built by all that change!

    • 6. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Yes, they were, Susan. Amazing how people can work together for good when they are inclined. Plenty still do that.

      • 7. Eugenia  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm

        Like! (there wasn’t a tab so I just typed it in instead)

  • 8. Sheila (Book Journey)  |  January 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Love the wagon pick, this would be a fun place to see.

    • 9. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I love the wagon too. Citizens were asked to help with sewing the cover for that wagon. I had a new granddaughter that year and my daughter needed some support so I did not volunteer. So much to see there that it is better to take two visits. The pioneer village is there too.

  • 10. sim@chapter1-take1  |  January 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    We lived in Niagara Falls when I was aged 7 through 14 in the 1960’s. I don’t think this museum existed back then or I’m sure our school would have gone on a field trip. The one we took to Balls Falls lives in my head to this very day. Do you ever get out there?

    • 11. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      This museum is only a few years old, and not all the exhibits were opened right away. No, we have not been to Balls Falls. Is it a good museum?

  • 12. Christine Harding  |  January 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Goodness, I .love that covered wagon, and the notion of people working together tp build a community. My Snapshot is at

    • 13. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      The wagon looks good, yet I imagine after miles and miles on rough roads, settlers would be glad to arrive at their destination. Thanks for stopping by.

  • 14. Eugenia  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    What a great museum! Never seen a covered wagon live but have read so much about the pioneers (mostly the ones in what became the US – not Canada, though).

  • 15. Brona  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love places like this that bring history to life. My own knowledge of this area is limited to my childhood viewing of Little House on the Prarire and reading Mitchiner’s Centennial!
    I love the Conestoga wagon.

    • 16. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      I loved Little House on the Prairie stories too, I read them to my daughters and we still have the books. Thanks for stopping by.

  • 17. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    United Empire Loyalists came to Canada from the US.. Barbara Scmucker and an another children s author wrote about the journeys.. Here is an old manuscript for the Trail of the Conestogas,from utenburg Press
    No pictures, but you can read the stories.

  • 18. storygal  |  January 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Ack, a letter got erased by accident. It is Project Gutenburg.

  • 19. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks)  |  January 27, 2013 at 12:54 am

    That looks like a fascinating place to spend an afternoon. So much history there!

    • 20. storygal  |  January 27, 2013 at 1:51 am

      There’s so much one cannot do it justice in an afternoon, then there’s the outdoor pioneer village just out the doors where the train track goes.

  • 21. irene  |  January 27, 2013 at 1:03 am

    thanks for sharing that amazing history.

    • 22. storygal  |  January 27, 2013 at 1:52 am

      We’ve had several tours of the village too, and the museum by itself is rich in history. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • 23. laurelrainsnow  |  January 27, 2013 at 2:42 am

    What a wonderful historic memento! Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • 24. storygal  |  January 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

      There’s so much to see in that museum that we need to go back. You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by mine too.

  • 25. Jess - A Book Hoarder  |  January 27, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I love the trunks. My mom bought one from an antique store recently…I want one so bad…I might have to steal hers.

    • 26. storygal  |  January 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

      What sort of trunk would you want?
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • 27. lmkazmierczak  |  January 27, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Always impressed by the pioneers and their perseverance ♫

    • 28. storygal  |  January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Yes, and their ability to work wit what’s available to them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • 29. Paulita  |  January 28, 2013 at 1:00 am

    It’s pretty amazing to think what people went through to build our communities. And we take them for granted. It’s nice you all were commemorating. Here’s Mine

    • 30. storygal  |  January 28, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion. The museum is going to have a special interactive science exhibit starting February 9th on the topic Circus! Looking forward to it.

  • 31. MarthaE  |  February 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    The wagon reminded me of thoughts when we drove across Texas a few years back. We just marveled wondering how people managed in wagons and with no real roads to follow. How brave they were.
    I love the trunk photo too. Thanks for sharing.

    • 32. storygal  |  February 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      It would have been rather challenging finding their own way, I agree. Loved that wall with all the trunks. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


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