To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History opened the Canadian History Hall, offering a new take on Canada’s national story. Its narrative uses the subjective experiences of real people to examine all sides of Canada’s story, both the struggles and the achievements. Through sometimes startling artifacts and stories, the Hall invites visitors to explore the struggles, achievements and personalities that form the bedrock of our history. When viewing history through the lens of the individual, we can learn a great deal about the events and historical currents that make up our past, and shape our present. In a literary era when 'history of everything' books like Sapiens top the bestseller list, it is easy to forget that the simple story of one person can teach us as much about humanity as 12,000 years of history can.