Maillardville: A Train Ride Home  September 1 to 30, 2017 at Poirier Library

Maillardville, a francophone community nestled just above the Fraser River, has long been a centre of culture, industry and history in Coquitlam. Over 100 years ago, a bustling sawmill sat on the river, aptly named Fraser Mills, where our French-Canadian community grew overnight. The first wave of French-Canadian migrants arrived at the train station on September 28th, 1909. A labour shortage at Fraser Mills combined with mounting anti-immigrant rhetoric in Canada during this time encouraged their migration into the community, forever changing the Coquitlam landscape. Join us as we explore artifacts and stories from one francophone family who came with the second wave of migrants in May 1910. Theirs, like many, is the story of coming home.  


A Man's World: 1900-1920 June 6 2017-October 7 2017

As a follow up to our Woman's World exhibit, Mackin House is proud to dedicate the summer of 2017 to men! The early 20th century marked drastic changes for societies and cultures all over the world. Canadian men across all classes, ages, and ethnicities had unique experiences during the period between 1900 and 1920. Come to Mackin House and explore the world men experienced in the early days of Coquitlam’s history.


A Woman's World: 1900-1920 February 7 2017-May 27 2017

The early twentieth century was a period of upheaval for societies and cultures across the globe. Canadian women across all classes, ages, races and sexual orientations had unique experiences during the period 1900-1920. Join us at Mackin House to explore the world women experienced during the early days of Coquitlam’s history.

Women were the heart of the home, providing nurturing care to their families while navigating an increasingly complex world. Who were the women who populated early Coquitlam? What was life like for women in the wilderness? How did women from different classes and across ethnicities navigate the increasing complexity of life in a new country?

The world of women changed drastically following the end of the Great War. With the success of the suffragette movement in Canada, women began to assert their independence both inside and outside the home. Visit Mackin House to discover how women navigated common issues of the time and to uncover how attitudes of the modern woman emerged.


Science & Social Change: Early 20th Century Medicine
September 7 2016 to November 1 2016

The early 20th century period reflected shifting social and scientific attitudes to healthcare. During this period, healthcare was forced to respond to unprecedented challenges, including a rapidly increasing population, urbanization, and major public health crises on a scale never seen before.

Scientific development lead to new discoveries in treatment and prevention. Simultaneously, public health was brought to the forefront of political thought, resulting in the founding of the first federal Department of Health and paving the way for healthcare as we know it.

Increasing mental health awareness led to the development of psychiatry and psychology as a part of medicine. Locally, this can be seen in the founding of the Hospital for the Mind in 1904. Now, the Riverview Hospital grounds stand as a reminder of our mental health heritage.