Posts Tagged ‘heritage events’

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Great War Forum and Militaria Auction

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Caradoc Community Centre, 565 Lions Park Drive, Mount Brydges, Ontario (map)

The Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Project is sponsoring a Great War Forum and Militaria Show. Forum speakers include, Dr Jonathan Vance of Western University, Arnie Kay lately of Library and Archives Canada, Al Lloyd 21st Battalion historian and Timothy Dubé Chairman of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. Vance, Kay and Lloyd are well versed in using on-line resources to research WW1 soldiers. Folks wanting how to information on finding out about their military history will gain greatly by attending.

Cost is $8.00 at the Caradoc Community Centre in Mount Brydges.

Along with the Forum, a militaria show and sale is available next door with a great number of displays by WW1 organizations and students. Find out about Middlesex’s Finest the 135th, St Thomas’s 91st Battalion and Oxford County’s 168th Btn along with other historical groups.

Militaria, books, medals, badges, etc will be on sale by various vendors.

On the evening prior to the Forum, November 16, Corring Auctions will be holding a militaria auction. Material from all conflicts will be on offer. If you’re trying to replace grandpa’s lost WW1 medals, this is probably a good spot to be.

More details are available on the event website:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events

Friday, November 9th, 2012


Playing the Past: The Officers of the London Garrison and the Theatre Royal

London’s military garrison left a legacy not of war, but of culture — painting the first views of London, organizing balls and steeplechases, and building London’s first theatre, the Theatre Royal. Join Mark Tovey and friends for a richly illustrated history of London’s garrison and its theatre, with theatrical embellishments, and a behind-the-scenes peek at what is involved in re-enacting productions from the past.

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm 4:00pm

Location: Eldon House Interpretive Centre, 481 Ridout Street North, London (map)

Contact Info:

Admission by Donation


Campbell House Museum and the Culinary Historians of Canada Lecture: Food Will Win the War

In this special lecture, presented a few days after Remembrance Day, Ian Mosby will discuss the importance of food and eating to Canadians’ everyday experience of the war on the home front. He will look at some of the different ways in which ordinary Canadians mobilized food to both show their support for the war effort and also to deal with the ever-present reality of rationing and shortages. At the same time, he will explore the contradiction between popular memory of the war as a time of austerity and the reality that, throughout the war years, Canadians on the whole were eating more – and better quality – food, than they ever had before.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

$12 regular admission; $10 CHC members. Includes war-time refreshments!

To pre-register, contact:

Campbell House Museum

By email: @CampbellHouseTO

Phone: 416 597-0227 ext 3



Anishinaabe First Nations in the War of 1812

Alan Ojiig Corbiere, former Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeng, Manitoulin Island, comes to Toronto to detail his research, including interviews with elders, to uncover the names and experiences of Anishinaabe combatants in the War of 1812 – often left nameless in historical records.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Native Canadian Centre 16 Spadina Road (west side, north of Bloor)  map

Seating limited to 75 people. RSVP to

Upcoming Heritage Event: Celtic Studies Speaker Series

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The Celtic Studies Department at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, is hosting another installment in their Celtic Studies Speaker Series. This one will be of particular interest to Genealogists!

Topic: “Broken Down by Age, Sex and Religion: the Irish Census Online”

Speaker: Catriona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland

Date: Thursday, November 22, 2012

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Robert Madden Auditorium, Room 100, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College, 100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto (map)


Free admission. All welcome. No registration required

Heritage Events for the Weekend of: October 27, 2012

Friday, October 26th, 2012

It must be Halloween! Several Ontario Museums are hosting ghoulish events this weekend:

If you are going to be in the Newmarket area this Saturday, October 27, drop by the Elman W. Campbell Museum, between 7:00 and 8:30 pm, and join in their Spooktacular Halloween Party.  Children aged 4 to 10 are invited to come in costume for games, craft, costume parade and a Hallowe’en story.

Admission is $5.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Museum is located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, please call (905) 953-5314 or email

Over in Kirby, the Clarke Museum is holding its 10th Annual Historic Pumpkin Bee.  The Clarke Museum is located at, 7086 Old Kirby School Road, Kirby Ontario.  The event runs from 11:00 am – 4:00pm. 

Throughout the day, you can watch a blacksmith work, carve your own pumpkin for Halloween, have your face painted, make a pioneer toy, or play traditional games from the 1800s. Treat your palette to seasoned pumpkin seeds roasted over an open fire. Tour our traditional one-room schoolhouse, sit at an antique desk, and try writing on a genuine slate board.

Admission to the event is $4.00 per person.  The Museum Gift Shop will be open with a selection of local history books and unique Canadian handicrafts.

For more information, call the Museum office at 905-623-2734 or see our website

Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? Now’s your chance.  On Sunday, October 28th, Eldon House in London, Ontario, is hosting the Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt.  Tour the house with a special “ghost map” and visit Roxanne Lutz and Alex Chartrand in Eldon House’s Interpretive Centre to discover more about the most famous Eldon House ghost, Wenman Wynniatt.

You can hunt for ghosts between the hours of 1:00 pm – 4:00pm.  Admission is by donation.

Eldon House is located at, 481 Ridout Street, London ON N6A 5H4 (map)

For information about Eldon House: Tel: 519.661.0333, or visit their website at:

Have a spooktacular weekend!

Heritage Event for the Weekend of: October 27, 2012

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Vankleek Hill Family History Weekend is taking place this Saturday, October 27th through to Sunday the 28th.  The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will be in attendance with some OGS publications and maybe an answer or two for some of your genealogical queries. Other activities to choose from include:

Antiques Appraisal at St. John Anglican Church Hall. 

  • Two Sessions:
    • Morning 10:00 am – Noon
    • Afternoon, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Appraiser: Janet Carlile, an independent, Sotheby’s-accredited antiques appraiser, best known for her tours with the Canadian Antiques Roadshow
  • Pricing: As a fundraiser in support of the Vankleek Hill Museum, $10 per item for a maximum of 3 items per person. With three items you get free entry to Sunday’s paper conservation workshop!
  • Tickets: Tickets for Janet Carlile are available at Scotiabank, Vankleek Hill or at the event door. Can’t make it to the Bank? Call the Museum to reserve: 613-678-2323.

Harold MacMillan brings ‘the Gaelic’ to life!

  • Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Location: Musée Vankleek Hill Museum
  • Time: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Overview: Harold returns to the Vankleek Hill Museum to introduce you to the unique history of this language in our region, and to teach you familiar Gaelic phrases.

Paper & Photo Preservation Workshop

  • Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
  • Time: 1 :30 p.m.
  • Location: Vankleek Hill Community Centre
  • Pricing: For $10, bring your paper-based treasures to learn more about care, keeping and preservation methods. 
  • Overview: Kyla Ubbink, an accredited and certified conservator who has helped restore art by Picasso and Warhol, will be at the Community Centre. This is a 90-minute workshop presentation on how to preserve your photos, albums, scrapbooks for future generations. It finishes with a question period.

Contact Info:

More information will become available as the weekend activities develop.

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

As part of their Special and Distinguished Speakers Series, the Humanities Research Group at the University of Windsor has 3 outstanding lectures coming up in early November:


  • Topic: Tecumseh and the Quest for a Native Homeland
  • Speaker: Author and Historian, Sandy Antal
  • Topic: The Impact of the War of 1812 on the Native Tribes, particularly on the Moravian Delaware of Fairfield.
  • Speaker: Daryl Stonefish, Member of the Moravian Tribe
  • Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
  • Time: 4:00pm
  • Location: McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall and Conference Centre (Map)


  • Topic: The Civil War of 1812 in the Detroit River Valley
  • Speaker: Alan Taylor, University of California Davis
  • Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Freed Orman Centre, Assumption University Building (Map)


  • Topic: Constitutions: the Struggle for North America during the 1780s and 1790s
  • Speaker: Alan Taylor, University of California Davis
  • Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Freed Orman Centre, Assumption University Building (Map)

Contact Information:

Yvette Bulmer

(519)253-3000 ext.3508

For complete information on these and other University of Windsor lectures and events, please consult their website: 

You will find the Upcoming Events Calendar on the bottom right of the page.

Heritage Event for the Week of: October 15, 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012

If you are looking for something to do in the Oakville area this Wednesday night, the Oakville Historical Society is hosting another of their Speaker Series events:

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: St John’s United Church at Dunn and Randall. Enter by the Randall St. entrance.

Topic: “Red Coated Ploughboys – the Volunteer Battalion of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada” and “A Call to Arms – the War of 1812″

Speaker: Richard Feltoe, living historian enactor and author.

Contact Info:

Heritage Events for the Weekend of: October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This is the final weekend for Doors Open events in Ontario.  Huron closes out the year with a variety of events and historic venues you can visit.  For all the details you need to plan your day, just click on the link:

If you are looking for something to do in the Toronto area this weekend, there is a unique event happening at Toronto’s first Post Office, located at 260 Adelaide Street East.  To wit:

Quill-writing workshop and tea

The inaugural meeting of the


and the

YRS Letter-writing Club

will be held at

Toronto’s First Post Office

(260 Adelaide Street East,

phone 416 865-1833)

on Sunday, October 14th, 2012, 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn how to write letters with a quill, just as they did in the early City of York (the 1812 era). Mail your own letter at Toronto’s First Post Office museum, complete with sealing wax! Enjoy afternoon tea, explore the museum, and meet other history enthusiasts. The meeting also includes admission to this gem of a small museum as well as afternoon tea and the chance to browse in the enchanting little gift shop stocked with many unusual items, including antique inkpots.

Admission for the workshop-meeting on October 14 is $20. This event is open to the general public: you do not need to be a member of the YRS to attend. However, tickets are available by pre-registration only.

 For information on registration and access to payment options click on the link:

Enjoy your weekend!

Heritage Events for the Week of October 8th, 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

If you are looking for a nice diversion on a fall afternoon, why not take a tour of Benares Historic House and enjoy Afternoon Tea afterwards.  The next Tea event at Benares is on October 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm.  Information about reservations, costs and location can be found here:

Heritage Events for the Weekend of: October 6th, 2012

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Looking for something to do in the London area this weekend.  Check out Fanshawe Pioneer Village and go back in time to see how our ancestors celebrated Thanksgiving. Watch demonstrations of weaving, blacksmithing, and woodworking.  Explore displays of agricultural equipment and bee keeping and watch busy farmwives put up preserves for the winter.  For the kids there are games, printing in the Print Shop and meeting the farm animals.

A great way to work off all that Turkey!

This will be the final open weekend of the Fanshawe Pioneer Village Season.

Contact Info: