Archive for the ‘Heritage Events’ Category

Must See TV:A Desert Between Us &Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

On Saturday, October 5th, at 9:00 pm, tune into TVO and watch as Ontario Visual Heritage brings to life a story that has been two hundred years in the making.

Narrated by R.H. Thomson, A Desert Between Us &Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812, is a 120 minute cinematic documentary that explores the stories that make the War of 1812 a”modern war” by stepping back in time to experience the conflict through the eyes of the people of Southwestern Ontario, who spent several years living in a War Zone.

For a sneak peek of A Desert Between Us & Them, click on the link to view the trailer:

In addition to the TVO broadcast, viewers can also attend a series of free community screenings in Southwestern Ontario in the Fall of 2013 and throughout 2014. Visit for the most up-to-date screening information.

DVD and Blu-ray copies will also be for sale starting on October 6th, 2013 at: .

FYI:Upcoming Heritage Event: 3rd Annual Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Beginners and experts alike are invited to KPL’s third annual Genealogy Fair. Attend workshops, speak with experts and enjoy more than 25 exhibits and vendors.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Kitchener City Hall Rotunda, 200 King Street W., Kitchener (map)

Speakers include:

  • Genealogy and the Law in Canada
    with Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson, University of Western Ontario
  • Do Local History & Family History Mix?
    with Ruth Burkholder, RMB Genealogical Services
  • Roll Up Your Sleeves! A Trip to the Archives
    with Amanda Hill, Archives Association of Ontario

Free admission. No registration required – simply drop by and enjoy the day!

Please visit the Kitchener Public Library website for more information.

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Russell Heritage Festival 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, join in the fun and help celebrate the history of Russell and Area (1827-2013) at the Russell Heritage Festival. Activities include:

  •  Bronze casting demonstration by Gary Briggs, Sculptor, Leyline Studio
  •  Quilting demonstration by Victoria Quilts
  •  Wagon Rides & Historical House Tour
  •  Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, by Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Don’t forget to visit the Keith M. Boyd Museum and check out their Historical & Genealogical Resources, as well as their local Family Histories.

Click here to download the official Russell Heritage Festival Poster

For more information about the Festival and to contact the Keith M. Boyd Museum, visit their website at:

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:

FYI: Upcoming BIFHSGO Family History Conference

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will be holding their annual Family History Conference from September 20-22, 2013.

For information about the conference, the conference program, and online registration, please visit the BIFHSGO website at:

BIFHSGO Family History Conference Poster

FYI:Upcoming Heritage Events for the Weekend of: May 11, 2013

Monday, May 6th, 2013

If its spring it must be time for another season of Doors Open Ontario.  This weekend we are off to Norfolk and Richmond Hill.


Along with architectural treasures such as the Lynnwood Campbell/Reid house and La Salette Historic Church, Norfolk is also showcasing its rich heritage in the Arts.  Simcoe Little Theatre and Lighthouse Festival Theatre are just two of several venues that will be opening their doors to the viewing public. Click here for more details and a full list of Norfolk Doors Open venues.

Richmond Hill:

Burr House and Guild Hall, Cober-Johnson General Store and Thomas Boynton House are among the approximately 20 heritage and cultural sites participating in Richmond Hill’s Doors Open event.  A full list of all the Richmond Hill sites can be found here.

Happy Touring!

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:

FYI: Ireland Reaching Out holds first ever ask an Expert session on April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Those of us immersed in the all consuming hunt for our Irish ancestors likely already know about this, but for those who may not, there is a huge movement going on right now to reconnect Ireland’s diaspora with their ancestral roots.  Ireland Reaching Out has been set up as the go to resource for those researching their Irish ancestors.  Along with an army of volunteer parish liaisons spread throughout the country as the main point of contact for researchers, Ireland Reaching Out has announced their first ever online Expert Ireland family history Q&A session.

While Ireland Reaching Out is hosting the event, those wishing to participate and post queries should go the Ireland Family History facebook page:  Details about the event may be found here as well.

Please note: According to the instructions posted on Ireland Family History, the start time for the Q&A session is precisely at, or after, 13:30 (1:30) pm GMT and runs until 18:30 GMT.

If you do post a query, please consider sharing the response and/or your experience with us.

FYI: News Release From Heritage Toronto

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

“Heritage Toronto is excited to announce the launch of its 2013 Tours program!


We will be kicking off a fantastic tour season on Sunday April 28th – and there is something for everyone!


Many Torontonians know how great our walking tours are – we’ve been putting them on for 19 years. Heritage Toronto Tours in 2013 will be a bit different. It’s not just walking tours that we’ll be offering – we’re excited to be expanding our usual walking tour program to include bus, bike, family and boutique tours too!


This year’s Tours program will run from the end of April until October and have 58 in total, including 26 new tours.


You will be able to reserve a spot for our new paid and pre-registered tours via our website


Join us on a tour – we’d love to show you some hidden gems, tell you about some fascinating stories and share with you Toronto’s amazing heritage!”

Contact Info:

Click here for a brochure of the 2013 Tours Program


FYI: Heritage Event at Pickering Museum Village

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

If you like pudding, then this is the event for you! The Pickering Museum Village and the Culinary Historians of Canada are presenting a workshop on ” The Pleasures of Puddings.” Learn all about the variety of traditional puddings made from ingredients available in the mid to late 1800s. Sampling is of course included!

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Pickering Museum Village, Redman House Program Centre (map)

Pre-Registration Required

Register now at


$30 per person, $25 for Culinary Historians of Canada members.

For more information or registration assistance, call 905.683.8401 during office hours

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