The Laurier Era:
The Laurier Era in Canadian History is also commonly referred to as The Great Transformation. The true-life story of the Nicholsons of Richmond, Quebec in Tighsolas:House of Light, revealed through family letters, photographs, illustrations, and rare, even unique documents (over 700 pages and 600 pictures and including many hard-to-find public domain articles and postcard illustrations for background ) is a clear snapshot of Canadian life; farm, town and big city; in the era of Nickelodeons, Model T Fords, the militant brick-throwing suffragettes and corsets and BIG Hats. This website reveals how EVERY family is part of history - whether they know it or not. To fully make sense of the crazy, tumultuous times we live in, and to think critically about the changes happening around us, it is important to understand 100 years ago, an era the BBC refers to as The Birth of Now.
The Nicholson Family Saga
MILK and WATER:In 1909 Montreal had a typhoid epidemic. In 1927 Montreal finally did something about it.Watch the YouTube video.
Fashion: Fashion is connected to women's happiness in more ways than the obvious one.
Transportation: aeroplanes, automobiles; trains, and those 'hotels' on water, ocean-liners. Titanic!
Home and Hearth: the rich, the middle-class, and the very poor.
Family Life: The world was changing, big time, and everyone was sensing the possibilities.
Love, Relationships and Courtship: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The World of Work (Men's and Women's): No job was out of bounds for women, except..¦.
Medicine: Still Victorian in practice, "The King of Death" was always lurking around the corner.
Pioneering on the Prairie: "This is young man's country."...still all kinds of folk went out there
Film and Entertainment and Music: people couldn't get enough of the new 5 cent picture shows. Why?
Politics: waves of change call for big ideas, but how to keep people in their proper place?
Women's Suffrage and the fight for rights: suffragists, suffragettes, 'new women' and
Education: educating 'new Canadians, while still giving 'old' Canadians the advantage
Inventions: with the car, phone, and aeroplane came many other peripheral inventions