Posts Tagged ‘heritage event’

OGS Represented at New Archives of Ontario Speaker Series

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Archives of Ontario is hosting a series of engaging talks designed to connect Ontario residents with archival records related to the war. Admission is free. These talks are for Scholars, family historians and history buffs as a valuable aid for further exploration of the Archives’ extensive resources related to the First World War.

The first speaker is Jane MacNamara. Jane is an OGS member, an author, and a genealogy instructor. She will be presenting Inheritance Interrupted: WWI reflected in Ontario Estate Files on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

The Great War cut short many lives and disrupted the expected passing of property and goods to the next generation. Drawing from estate files from across the province; this presentation will show examples of these changes and demonstrate how reading between the lines and understanding the process and implications of inheritance records can enhance family and local history — in any era. For more information and to register, visit the Archives of Ontario website:

British Home Child Day in Ontario

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

On September 28th, Historic Black Creek Pioneer Village will be hosting British Home Child Day in Ontario.

Events include:

  • Performances by members of Barb Perkin’s HOMECHILD Musical, Folk Singer Marion Parsons, as well as Highland and Irish Dancing – and of course, there will be bagpipes and drums!
  • Author Marjorie Kohli will give a presentation on the contribution British Home Children made in the First World War.
  • Rose McCormick Brandon will host an open mike session with British Home Child stories including two British Home Children.
  • A multi-media installation inspired by the lost childhood of British Home Children by international artists Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey
  • BOOK LAUNCH of Belonging, Sandra Joyce’s sequel to The Street Arab – The Story of a British Home Child
  • The British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association’s display of diverse and precious artifacts
  • Genealogists will be on hand to give tips on research
  • MP Judy Sgro, York West, former Minister of Immigration, will also be on hand to help in the celebrations
  • This day will culminate in a SPECIAL DINNER to be held in the Village: reserved tickets, including parking, admission and a three course meal,will be available soon

A special dinner package is being offered to the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association for forty dollars including a three course meal, admission to the day long event and parking. Seating is limited and tickets must be bought in advance. For those not wishing to attend the dinner, admission tickets may be purchased from Black Creek Pioneer Village directly on the 28th. The dinner will be held in the Canada West Room at 5 pm sharp.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Historic Black Creek Pioneer’s website at:

Loyalist Descendants in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada the Sir Guy Carleton Branch will conduct a tour of Beechwood Cemetery featuring the lives of some Loyalists and their descendants who are buried there.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Location: Beechwood Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa ; meet in front of the Main Office by 12:50 pm

Light refreshments will be served after the tour. All are welcome

To book your place on the tour please contact: by September 4, 2014

Beechwood Cemetery was established in 1873, and is recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in Canada. It is the final resting place for over 75,000 Canadians, including our Canadian Forces Veterans, War Dead, RCMP members, Governors-General and Prime Ministers and our everyday Canadian heroes, our families and our loved ones. Beechwood is the home of the National Military Cemetery and the RCMP National Memorial Cemetery, and is a National Historic Site. In 2009, it was designated the National Cemetery of Canada by an Act of Parliament.

2014 UELAC Annual Conference

Friday, May 16th, 2014

A Centennial Celebration

Join the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary!

Date: Thursday, June 5th – Sunday, 8th, 2014

Location: The Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Ontario

For more information and to Register, please visit the UELAC website at:

Join OGS for Archives Awareness Week at the Archives of Ontario

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The Archives of Ontario is pleased to be celebrating Archives Awareness Week in partnership with the Archives Association of Ontario, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and York University’s Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections. We’ve got a great day of on-site activities planned for Thursday, April 10th from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit the Archives of Ontario where you can:

• learn about our collections and services
• explore our partners’ information tables
• attend presentations on archival research and preservation
• tour the building

Admission is free! You can register online at 

FYI: Upcoming Beach & East Toronto Historical Society Meeting

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Kew Gardens in the Beach, August 7 1914

Kew Gardens in the Beach, August 7 1914

The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society and The Toronto Public Library are pleased to present award winning author and historian, Jean Cochrane.

Topic: 100 Years Ago in the Beach

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: The Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E. Toronto

Admission is Free. All are Welcome!

Photo courtesy of The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society

FYI: Important Information Regarding the Canadian Archives Summit

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

“Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory”

A National, Regional and Online Discussion

OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, recently received the following communique from Ian E. Wilson, former Librarian and Archivist of Canada:

The leaders of the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Council of Canadian Archives, L’association des Archivistes du Quebec and the Committee on the Archival System Task Force (CAST) have been planning a special Canadian Archives Summit, to be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on January 17, 2014.  This is a unique opportunity for the Canadian archival community and our key partners to discuss, envision and create the archival services Canadians need and expect as we become a digital society.

The proceedings will be live streamed to 15 or 20 locations across the country where regional groups will listen to the series of 7 minute presentations and form their own discussion circles to feed ideas into the national conversation.  We see this as one step in a longer term process to develop consensus and allies on the future of archival services.  The proceedings will be kept live online for a month or two with a moderated discussion to allow all who are interested to voice their views; then we will prepare a report for consideration at annual meetings of various constituencies in May-June.

Genealogists and Family Historians are a key stakeholder group throughout Canada’s Archival community. As such, we have a vested interested in the future of our Archives. The OGS continues to be in close communication with the Summit’s organizing group, and will participate where opportunity permits.

Here are some links should you wish to learn more about this important Archival Summit:

The Canadian Archives Summit Program: 

The Association of Canadian Archivists:

The Archives Association of Ontario:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Celtic Studies Speaker Series, University of Toronto

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael’s College, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto (map)

Topic: “Creative Tensions: The Irish of the Ottawa Valley”

Speaker: Sean Conway, former MPP and Minister for Education, instructor with the Celtic Studies Program

This is a free event – no registration required.

Contact Info:

For more information about this and other St. Michael’s College Celtic Studies events, please visit their website:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Interested in vintage baseball? Can’t get enough of the War of 1812? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then drop by Fanshawe Pioneer Village this July and take in the following events:

London Tecumsehs Vintage Base Ball 

Date: Saturday, July 13

London Tecumsehs vs Northville Eclipse from noon to 2:00 pm


Northville Eclipse vs Woodstock Actives from 2:30 to 4:30

Cost: $7

Location: All games will take place at Tecumseh Field, located at the Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

Event details and contact info:

Choose, but Choose Wisely

An 1812 Play by Jeff Culbert


Tuesday to Thursday, July 16, 17, 18

Tuesday to Thursday, July 23, 24, 25

Tickets: $15 each, admission included

Book on-line at or through the Fanshawe Pioneer Village website:

Event details and contact info:

Celebrate Ontario’s Heritage and Mother’s Day at Ireland House in Burlington

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Looking for something different and unique to do for Mother’s Day this year? Museums of Burlington’s Ireland House, is holding a special Mother’s Day Downton Abbey Tea & Springtime Celebration:

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Ireland House, highlighting the life and times of the women who inhabited the Historic House through the generations! Enjoy FREE ADMISSION throughout the grounds and museum, take in historic cooking, gardening and craft workshops, artisan demonstrations and other outdoor activities such as our new nature trail!

The Mother’s Day Tea will include premium tea and Edwardian refreshments such as Gougeres, savoury fig tarts, finger sandwiches, also served will be scones with cream and preserves and other sweets such as Madeira Cake, Treacle Tarts and Wellesley Fudge, among other recipes and themes inspired by Downton Abbey, all with a special surprise host from the past! Don’t miss it!

Tea Tickets: $20/Adults, Child (5-12yrs) $15, (under 5yrs free)
 Tickets for tea times must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased by credit card over the telephone by calling 905-332-9888 or in person at Ireland House Museum.
         Tea runs at hourly intervals, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Limited Spaces. Group maximum is 28 people.  

Call to register and to purchase tickets in advance for Tea Time.

For more information, please contact:  
Sylvia Hentz, Special Events Programmer
P. 905-332-9888  E:

Valerie Amaral, Special Events Assistant

P. 905-332-9888  E: