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Pier 21

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Pier 21

Hello, fellow trippers! I'm interested in Pier 21 for personal and professional reasons--researching family histories. I guess this is a long shot, but I wondered if anyone on this forum has visited Pier 21 and would be willing to share their story with me. Also, Halifax experts, are there any stories about Pier 21 and the Westin hotel that you know of, or could you give me some leads? Thank you so much.

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Pier 21 is one of my favourite museums. (https://www.pier21.ca) The exhibits are extremely interesting and well done. Pier 21 became an entry point for immigrants to Canada in 1928 and my ancestors arrived in Canada in 1810. But my father did leave for WWII in Europe from Pier 21 and we have added his name to the Wall of Service. If you go on the website, some people/families on the Walls of Honour and Service have recorded their stories in the Story Collection. They are fascinating to read.

In the early 1950s, as a small child, one of my friends entered Canada through Pier 21. She was born during WWII in a German slave labour camp (she doesn't know which one) and doesn't have a birth certificate. She searched through the records at Pier 21 hoping that there would be some information that would help her get one. She did find the record of her mother's entry but it just had her mother's name "and child". So that was no help.

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Hi northerndancer, Pier 21 is one of my favourite sites in Halifax as well. My uncle from Toronto was deployed out of Pier 21 in WWII and a couple of years before he died, I got him a brick on the "Wall of Service" for Christmas. You'd think I'd given him a million bucks :-) He even got to visit it on his last visit to Halifax.

Anyway, there is a very helpful research department at the Pier 21 Society who I'm sure will do whatever they can to help you. 902-425-7770 is the general switchboard number.

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I too enjoyed Pier 21 when I visited Halifax in July. As already mentioned, the displays are well done and I found the video presentation to be very interesting. As a fourth-generation Canadian, I don't have a personal connection, although I have a couple of close friends whose parents and older siblings arrived from Europe via Pier 21 after WWII.

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I fully understand how people find Pier 21 interesting if they have relations/friends who came through it and are interested in finding out more.

However on our recent visit to Halifax we decided to split our last day between the Atlantic Maritime Museum and Pier 21 and I have to say that as an "outsider" I found the Maritime Museum far more interesting.

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