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Travel Back in Time

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Welcome to the one-room schoolhouses. Here, you can travel back in time to 1840 to visit a really early one-room-schoolhouse, then fast forward to 1900 to explore a different school. You can visit them in the reverse order, or even time travel back and forth. It's your choice!

Canada has always been a country filled with differences and times of change. In the 60 years that divide the two schoolhouses, many events and developments took place in our country. Immigrants from various parts of the world with different languages, religions and cultures were coming here to start a new life, rather like what is happening today.

The 1840 schoolhouse and the one from 1900 only begin to show some of these differences. They try to point out all the common day-to-day experiences that students faced. No matter what their background, language, ethnicity, or religion, students still went to school, learned the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, played in the schoolyard, and waited with anticipation for school to be over for the day.

So come and discover what it was like to be a student in 1840 and in 1900, and compare it to the way school is today. You might be surprised at what is different and what remains the same!