The topic or our second Winter Forum is Celebrating 50 Years Of Tartu College…Estonia and Toronto with Piret Noorhani, Chief Archivist, Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU). The history of VEMU’s collections reaches back to the beginning of the 1970’s when the Tartu Institute Archives and Library was established at Tartu College. These archives include art, films, significant artifacts that convey the cultural history of Estonians in Canada. Eventually, a new museum will be constructed adjacent to Tartu to host these collections.
Piret Noorhani has been the Chief Archivist of VEMU for a dozen years. She has developed expertise in helping non-Estonians explore the rich culture and contributions the Estonian community have made in Canada and continues to develop research for students and faculty who resided at Tartu College during its early years.