Cold War History

2022 Cold War Speaker Series: Canada, the Cold War, and the Korean War

2022 Cold War Speaker Series: The LGBT Purge

On October 6, 2022, we held the second session in our Cold War Speaker Series, where we were honoured to welcome Michelle Douglas and Christos Pantieras who presented their topic, The LGBT Purge: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow through Personal Experience and Visual...

2022 Cold War Speaker Series promotional image with Michelle Douglas and Christos Pantieras in the middle and "The LGBT Purge" text underneath.

The Concrete Cores of the Diefenbunker

With August coming to an end, we would like to highlight one more artifact from within our collection for Archaeology Month. This blog post will discuss the concrete cores of the Diefenbunker and will examine their archaeological and architectural impact. ...

Rebar and the innerworkings of the Diefenbunker mid-construction.

Spies Among Us: The 75th Anniversary of the Gouzenko Affair

“The Gouzenko affair crippled Russian spy efforts in North America for more than a decade.”-Vasili Mitrokhin (former KGB archivist) In the waning days of the Second World War, Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko was becoming disenchanted with the Stalinist regime;...

Photo of Igor Gouzenko

Ever wonder how to heat and cool a nuclear Bunker?

. Did you know that there is no heating and cooling machinery inside the bunker to support day-to-day operations? The Bunker relies on the geothermal system from the earth around it for heating and cooling.Fun facts: The coolest day of the year inside the Bunker on...

Air conditioner

The Eames Chair

Written by: Mat Dunne   Are you tired of re-upholstering your old dingy couch? Are you fed up with bleh designs and mute colour patterns for your furniture? Are you looking for a non-flammable piece of military grade fiberglass to park yourself in? Well then, look...

Eames chair

The Bank of Canada Vault

​In 1960s, the Cold War neared its zenith. The members of the NATO alliance faced the eventuality of a nuclear war with the Soviet Bloc. As the possibility of this reality formalized, nations considered how to strengthen their defense and plan for future...

Bank of Canada Vault

Duck and Cover: How one desk could save your life

On August 29, 1949, the Soviet Union detonated their first nuclear weapon, bringing them into the nuclear arms race that defined the Cold War era. This moment in history brought Cold War anxieties to the forefront in the United States – they were no longer the only...

Over 15 students ducking and covering under their school desks.
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