The MMC Program’s Mini-Exhibit Open House is now open! It is running today (December 16th) and tomorrow (December 17th) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
My mini-exhibit, Onwards to Canada, features a Barnardo Children’s Trunk. In 1923, it was given to a Barnardo Home Child, Lottie Helen Heald, when she was sent to Canada. She was 13 years old.
The panel features information about Dr. Barnardo, the Home Child Emigration Movement, the trunks the home children received, and details about the life of Lottie Helen Heald.
The trunk is set up to display objects from the time period that would have been packed in the trunk – including a bible, a hymn book, a dress, an apron, towels, and handkerchiefs.
This mini-exhibit teaches visitors about the Home Children, and asks them to reflect on the concept of being sent to a brand new country. If you were about to leave home for a strange, new land, what is the one object you would bring with you?