Permanent Exhibits

Lifestyles

Mine managers encouraged the miners, mostly from Britain, to participate in recreational activities by subsidizing colliery bands and providing band members with free coal to heat their homes.

Opera House: The three-storey brick building on Church Street, now the site of the Dorchester Hotel, was built in 1888. It operated as a hotel on the upper two floors and as a theatre on the ground floor.

It was complete with a mirrored rotunda, royal box and loges, upper and lower galleries, and an orchestra pit. The prime attraction in 1900 was a performance by the Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson. Chinatown also had a 400-seat opera house featuring touring companies from Hong Kong and China.

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