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.