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Launched by a dynamic group of labour historians, artists, unions and community activists, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC) was created to address the need for a place where workers’ history could be celebrated. In 1995, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre opened the doors of its permanent home, the historic Custom House in Hamilton’s North End.

As a community museum and arts centre, WAHC provides an array of exhibitions, educational programs, guided tours, online exhibits and events in partnership with unions and community groups. Additionally, WAHC works with unions on a fee for service basis to document, archive and record their histories. Permanent exhibits include Workers in the Custom House; Punching the Clock, Working in Canadian Factories 1840s-1980; Made in Hamilton Industrial Trail; and 9-5: A History of Office Work. WAHC is also home to two contemporary galleries showing work by local and national artists that address the diverse histories and cultures of working people.

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Acknowledgments

The creation of Workers’ City was made possible by the efforts and support of many people. The first iteration of these histories began in the mid-1990s with walking tour booklets produced by Workers Arts and Heritage Centre; for a complete list of the many people and organizations that made that first project possible, please view the original acknowledgements.

The Workers' City online project could not have happened without the work of:

Rob Kristofferson, PhD, project writer and historian

Florencia Berinstein, WAHC Executive Director, project development

Simon Orpana, PhD, research support

Katherine Roy, project coordination

Jeff Howard, developer

Workers Arts and Heritage Centre would like to thank all of the funders who supported this project.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project was also funded by the Government of Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Our sincere thanks to the following people and organizations for their time, talents and contributions:

Research and Archival Support:

  • Hamilton Public Library, Local History and Archives Department
  • McMaster University, Labour Studies Department
  • McMaster University, Ready House
  • The Hamilton Spectator, Archives

Tariq Sami: graphic designer, promotional material

Carol Anderson: copy editing

Jon Sturge: photography

Dylan Jennings, Brian Kelly, Jack Lakich, D’Angeliena Mills, Nrinder Nann, Hitoko Okada and Kendra Wilson: models

Thistle Printing: promotion printing