Welcome Gregg French!

The Portuguese Canadian History Project welcomes Gregg French (PhD candidate, Dept. of History, Western University) to our team. Gregg will be the PCHP delegate at Western University and in the Portuguese community of London, Ontario, looking at potential collaborations and ways to expand our community outreach model to that part of the province.

Good to have you on board Gregg!

The Greek Canadian History Project is created. Partners with the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections

The PCHP is thrilled to announce the creation of the Greek Canadian History Project and their recent affiliation with the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries. Much like the PCHP, the GCHP is a non-profit archival community outreach initiative that seeks to preserve immigrant histories in Canada, and is motivated by the same egalitarian principles of democratizing access to historical knowledge as we are. We are currently studying ways to support each others’ work and develop joint projects in the future.

The Portuguese Canadian History Project congratulate our colleagues Chris Grafos (PhD candidate, Dept. of History, York University), and Dr. Sakis Gekas (Dept. of History, York University) for starting this worthy project and wish them the best of luck in their endeavors.

St. Christopher House Centennial Celebrations, 1912-2012: public history exhibit

St. Christopher House – a neighbourhood center and multi-service agency in Toronto, with a long history with the Portuguese community in this city – is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. To kick-off its centennial celebrations, St. Chris is holding a public history exhibit, curated by Gilberto Fernandes of the PCHP, on Friday March 2nd, 1.00-8.00, and Saturday March 3rd, 12.00-5.00. The exhibit will reflect the history of the House and the people of its west downtown Toronto neighbourhoods, featuring historical photos and archival materials, as well as performances from the Music School and the Health Action Theatre by Seniors. All are welcome.

Welcome Dr. Emanuel da Silva!

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Emanuel da Silva has joined the PCHP|PHLC team. Emanuel has recently completed his doctoral studies in Sociolinguistics at the University of Toronto and has done considerable research on the Portuguese communities in Canada. His initial focus will be the organization of a conference on the role of the arts in the Portuguese migrant experience in Canada – more on this issue to follow.

Welcome Emanuel!

‘Identity, Civic Engagement, Multiculturalism and Transnationalism: Portuguese-Canadian Immigrant Descendants in Canada Symposium’ @ York University schedule and registration

The schedule for the ‘Identity, Civic Engagement, Multiculturalism and Transnationalism: Portuguese-Canadian Immigrant Descendants in Canada Symposium’, taking place on October 11-12, at Winters College, Keele Campus, York University, has been announced. Check the link below for the schedule and registration


Singular by Gilberto Prioste – May 5th, Portuguese Consulate General, Toronto

The Portuguese consulate in Toronto is hosting a photo exhibition by Gilberto Prioste, titled ‘Singular’, at the Almada Negreiros Gallery, 438 University Avenue, 14th floor, Toronto. The opening will be on Thursday, May 5th, 2011, at 6.00 pm. The exhibit is comprised of twenty one 24 by 26 inch Black & White photographs in various themes. The images will be on display from May 2nd through to June 30th, included in the Contact Photography Festival (http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/open-exhibitions/378), taking place in May 2010, with more that 1000 participating artists in upwards of 200 venues, scattered throughout the city of Toronto.

An online exhibit of the exhibition will be forthcoming for those unable to attend in person. All images will be available for purchase.

The Portuguese Canadian History Project | Projeto de História Luso-Canadiana

The Portuguese Canadian History Project | Projeto De História Luso-Canadiana (PCHP|PHLC) is a community outreach initiative that started in 2008, and is coordinated by Gilberto Fernandes, Susana Miranda, and Raphael Costa. It is committed to locating historical sources in the hands of private individuals and organizations in the Portuguese-Canadian community and having them placed in the care of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University.  Organizations and individuals like the Portuguese Interagency Network, the Portuguese Canadian Democratic Association, Domingos Marques, Ilda Januário, David Higgs have entrusted us with their collections.

While the PCHP|PHLC continues to pursue collections, we have begun to use some of the material collected to develop a curriculum for public viewing meant to showcase the Portuguese-Canadian experience.  This online display is one tool in that program.  The PCHP|PHLC can be reached at prtcan.history@gmail.com.