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» URGENT APPEAL—AAO USERS PLEAD FOR BETTER HOURS AND CONDITIONS  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(September 6, 2010) The Archives of Ontario moved to York University from downtown Toronto more than a year ago. Dampening the thrill of a wonderful new space were several changes to the operation, most notably of which are much restricted hours than previously. A group of respected archivists has started a campaign to request user-friendly changes. Please mobilize your heritage organization to join the campaign of persuasion. [Read more]
» BOWMANVILLE’S VETERANS AVENUE BUILT FROM CAMP 30  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(September 6, 2010) In all the interest shown in Camp 30 regarding heritage, preservation, tourism and redevelopment plans, Wayne Preston has never seen a mention of Veterans Avenue where he has lived for 22 years. Mr. Preston has unearthed the history of this street and its close connection to Camp 30. He has shared with his neighbours, and now with us, the story of these homes, which were constructed for World II married veterans. [Read more]
» CELEBRATE CANADA’S YEAR OF THE BRITISH HOME CHILD IN BRANTFORD  [EVENT] 

(September 6, 2010) Come and celebrate Canada's 2010 Year of the British Home Child in Brantford. The Brantford County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will hold an open house on Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday October 24th. Between 1869 and 1948, over 100,000 juvenile migrants were sent to Canada from Great Britain during the child emigration movement. [Read more]
» WAR OF 1812 CASUALTY SITE IN DEVELOPMENT  [HISTORY ON THE INTERNET] 

(September 6, 2010) A War of 1812 Casualty Internet Site is being built to commemorate the upcoming Bicentennial and to remember War`s dead. Sabres rattled, armies mobilized and shots rang out across the border between Canada and the United States during the two and half year conflict known as the War of 1812. Countless men lost their lives in defense of Canada. Now they will be remembered. [Read more]
» SEPTEMBER 25TH IS NOW FRANCO-ONTARIAN DAY  [HERITAGE] 

(August 23, 2010) The Franco-Ontarian Day Act was adopted unanimously in April by the Legislative Assembly. It proclaims September 25 of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day. This day will officially recognize the contribution of Ontario's Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province. September 25th is the anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian Flag in 1975. [Read more]
» FUNDING FOR WAR OF 1812 WRECKS STUDY  [HERITAGE INVESTMENT] 

(August 23, 2010) The site of the Hamilton and Scourge, two of the most complete wrecks from the War of 1812, which were discovered near St. Catharines, Ontario in 1979, will be managed in a systematic fashion. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $10,415 towards the creation of a management plan for this important national historic site. [Read more]
» AFRO-CANADIAN CONFERENCE OPENS BUXTON’S 86TH HOMECOMING  [EVENTS] 

(August 23, 2010) The Buxton Historical Society and York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples will co-host the 13th annual US/Canadian History & Genealogy Conference on Friday, September 3, in the small historical African-Canadian community of Buxton, just outside of Chatham. The conference opens the 86th Homecoming Celebration in Buxton, which runs from September 3 to 6. [Read more]
» CULTURAL TOURISM SYMPOSIUM  [CONFERENCE] 

(August 23, 2010) The Culture & Heritage Institute at Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture hosts a Symposium on Cultural & Heritage Tourism for the fourth year, October 5 and 6 in Toronto. This year's Symposium is “Intercultural Dialogue in Tourism:  2020 Vision" and is dedicated to and in collaboration with UNESCO's International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and International Year of Biodiversity. [Read more]
» 125 YEARS OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN TORONTO AREA  [ONLINE EXHIBIT] 

(August 23, 2010) Toronto Archives' most recent web exhibit – An Infectious Idea: 125 Years of Public Health – is now online. The exhibit focuses on the history of public health initiatives in Toronto and the neighbouring municipalities from the passing of the revised Public Health Act in Ontario in 1882. Particular attention is paid to pioneering social activists, such as Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Hastings. [Read more]
» GLENGARRY WOOD FAIR AND AUCTION  [EVENT] 

(August 16, 2010) For the second consecutive year, wood lovers are invited to come and enjoy the magic of wood. The Glengarry Wood Fair and Auction takes place Saturday, August 21 from 10 am to 5 pm and is a joint venture between the Glengarry Pioneer Museum and the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Certified Forest Owners. Don't miss the Fair’s highlight, the Glengarry Wood Auction at 1 pm. [Read more]
» LOGO CONTEST FOR BRANTFORD’S CANADIAN INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE CENTRE  [NEWS] 

(August 16, 2010) The Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre (CIHC) is now accepting entries for its logo design contest, for the creation of an original and creative new logo for the non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Canadian industrial history. The goal of the Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre is to open an industrial history museum in Brantford. The winning logo will have potential national recognition. [Read more]
» 2010 TOP TEN ENDANGERED PLACES FROM HERITAGE CANADA  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(August 16, 2010) The Heritage Canada Foundation has released its Top Ten Endangered Places List drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada threatened with demolition. The List is compiled from nominations received as well as from news items that HCF has been following and reporting on. Of these top ten, four “Places” are present in Ontario. [Read more]
» ONTARIO IS HOME TO HALF OF CANADA’S 2010 WORST HERITAGE LOSSES  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(August 16, 2010) Three of the six sites on Heritage Canada Foundation’s 2010 Worst Losses List are in Ontario. Topping the list are the 41 predominantly mid-19th-century commercial buildings on Colborne Street in Brantford, tragically demolished in the name of “urban renewal” which cast aside viable opportunities for their reuse and recycling. Ontario also said goodbye to airport hangars and a historic theatre. [Read more]
» HELP SAVE MILTON’S ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(August 9, 2010) Heritage lovers in Milton are in the middle of a fight to save St. Paul's United Church and are seeking the help of the wider Heritage Community in Ontario. The United Church and a developer want to take down this lovely grand architectural building and put up a small single room church with an attached nine-story life-lease retirement building in Milton’s historic downtown core. [Read more]
» SURPLUS HISTORICAL FURNITURE AVAILABLE TO HERITAGE INSTITUTIONS  [MUSEUMS] 

(August 9, 2010) Parks Canada Ontario has surplus objects available and will make them available to the wider Heritage Community. This could be a wonderful chance for Ontario museums to fill in their collections and displays. The first group of objects available consists of furniture c.1820 – 1930, including chairs, tables, desks, beds, footstools, mirrors, washstands etc. The application process starts the second week of September. [Read more]
» RED LAKE PLAQUE FOR NORTHWEST ONTARIO RIVER  [NATURAL HERITAGE] 

(August 9, 2010) A plaque in Red Lake now commemorates the Bloodvein River’s national significance as a Canadian Heritage River and is “a prime example of our government's ongoing commitment toward conserving Canada’s rivers” according to Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment. The Bloodvein is wild and rugged river which roams for over 300 kilometres from its headwaters in northwestern Ontario to its mouth on Lake Winnipeg. [Read more]
» WORKING TOWARDS A TORONTO TRANSIT MUSEUM  [MUSEUMS] 

(August 9, 2010) The Toronto Historical Association is working hard to keep alive the idea of a Toronto Transit Museum with the Toronto Transit Commission. City Councillor/TTC Chair Adam Giambrone is also actively pursuing a Toronto Transit Museum and Visitor Centre. Last year, he outlined his vision directly to a meeting of THA members. The THA wants to support this endeavour as much as possible. [Read more]
» RACONTE-MOI OTTAWA! A DEFINITIVE WEB SITE ON FRENCH OTTAWA  [INTERNET] 

(August 2, 2010) The Raconte-moi Ottawa team recently announced the completion of the last phase of the project to double the web site's educational and historical content. Since 2007, the City of Ottawa's French Language Services Division, the Muséoparc Vanier Museopark®, the technical team at Virtuo.ca and the heritage specialist Jean Yves Pelletier have been developing a project to showcase Ottawa's French heritage. [Read more]
» ARCHIVIST OF ONTARIO RESIGNS  [NEWS] 

(August 2, 2010) As of July 30th, Miriam McTiernan has resigned as Archivist of Ontario and is leaving the Ontario Public Service. Ms. McTiernan was appointed Archivist of Ontario in March 2000. Since that time she has overseen several major initiatives, the most significant being the culmination of the organization’s move to a purpose-built facility on York University’s Keele campus. [Read more]
» CONFERENCE FOR ONTARIO’S NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES  [CONFERENCE] 

(August 2, 2010) You are invited to attend A Work in Progress, the 2010 National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario Conference, from October 4th to 5th at the picturesque Willowbank National Historic Site in Queenston. Christopher Newton, Founding Director of the Shaw Festival will be this year’s keynote speaker. NHSAO is a not-for-profit organization that links over 250 National Historic Sites located in the province. [Read more]
» HELP DECIDE FUTURE OF BLACK CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE NORTH  [CULTURAL HERITAGE] 

(August 2, 2010) Black Creek Pioneer Village is holding a public open house on August 17th for your input and feedback on the development of the Master Plan for Black Creek Pioneer Village North. This property is 16 hectares (40 acres) and is located at the northwest corner of Jane Street and Steeles Avenue. It is the last remaining cultural heritage landscape in the area. [Read more]
» PUT HERITAGE ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(July 26, 2010) Across the province this fall you will have the chance to vote for mayors and other local municipal candidates. The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario has collected suggested questions regarding heritage from a number of groups and consolidated them into a document. You can put a locally relevant selection of these questions to your candidates thereby raising political awareness of heritage issues. [Read more]
» TORONTO MAYORAL DEBATE ON HERITAGE AUGUST 30TH  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(July 26, 2010) On Monday, August 30th, Heritage Toronto and the Toronto Historical Association will host a public mayoral debate and forum at St. Lawrence Hall to discuss the state of heritage in Toronto in 2010. The heritage community has been working hard to put Heritage on the political agenda and make it more important in public policy in preparation for this evening. [Read more]
» EMANCIPATION DAY CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE PROVINCE  [EVENTS] 

(July 26, 2010) Emancipation Day on August 1st celebrates the ending of slavery in the British Commonwealth. There will be events across the province including at Grey Roots Museum in Owen Sound, Uncle Tom’s Cabin National Historic Site in Dresden Ontario and at the TD Irie Festival in Toronto. Read below for an exciting menu of historical memories and great music. [Read more]
» APPLY NOW FOR HERITAGE TECHNOLOGICAL FUNDING  [FUNDING] 

(July 26, 2010) The Ministry of Tourism and Culture is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Museums and Technology Fund. Eligibility for the Fund is open to collections-based heritage organizations, such as community museums, art galleries and public archives, as well as provincial heritage service organizations.  Last year, 43 organization received $1-million in funding-they are listed in the story following. [Read more]
» $100,000 FOR WILLOWBANK  [FUNDING] 

(July 26, 2010) A packed audience of Willowbank Friends and supporters received very welcome news on July 20th. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and MP for Niagara Falls was at Willowbank in Queenston to announce a federal commitment of $100,000 for immediate restoration work at the estate. Willowbank is both a School of Restoration Arts and a National Historic Site. [Read more]
» CALLING ALL BARN LOVERS!  [EVENTS] 

(July 26, 2010) Black Creek Pioneer Village is a participant in a worldwide “Celebration of Swiss Barns” on Saturday August 7. The 200-year-old Schmidt-Dalziel Barn at the Village is one of only 10 locations around the world where fans of barn architecture and culture can learn how the Amish and Mennonite fight for religious freedom created the core of North American Heritage Barns. [Read more]
» ARCHAEOLOGIST TRACED WYANDOT DESCENDANTS TO US MIDWEST  [ARCHAEOLOGY] 

(July 19, 2010) Charles Garrad at 80 is still working to document the history of the Wyandot people in the Collingwood area and beyond. The Wyandot include the Wendat (Ouendat), Huron and Peton. He celebrated his 80th birthday at Craigleith Heritage Depot in Collingwood recently. All presents were donations for the former railway depot, now the Blue Mountain Community Interpretation Centre a cause close to his heart. [Read more]
» HERITAGE IN ONTARIO’S FAR NORTH BY RAIL  [HERITAGE TOURISM] 

(July 19, 2010) Board the Polar Bear Express in Cochrane for a train ride down the Arctic Watershed through forests, past lakes, muskeg and tundra scrub brush all the way to James Bay. See the land the fur traders roamed, meet the Cree at home and experience the fur trading outposts in Moosonee and Moose Factory at James Bay. Moose Factory is Canada’s oldest English-speaking settlement. [Read more]
» FREE SUMMER WEEKENDS AT TORONTO’S MUSEUMS  [MUSEUMS] 

(July 19, 2010) Each weekend this summer - until Sunday, August 29, 2010 - enjoy free admission to Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery's Inn, Scarborough Museum, and Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre. These are the City of Toronto Museums. Programming features music, drama, crafts, heritage recipes to taste and other fun. [Read more]
» ONLINE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF GERMAN IMMIGRANTS & DESCENDANTS IN ONTARIO  [HISTORY] 

(July 19, 2010) The University of Waterloo has established an online database of documents relating to German-speaking people and their descendants in Ontario. It is freely open to all. The project is called the German Canadiana in Ontario Bibliography (GCO) and the staff hopes that the public will contribute to the database, which was first set up in 2007. [Read more]
» MAKING CENSUS VOLUNTARY WILL BLUR HISTORY  [ARCHIVES] 

(July 19, 2010) The Conservative Government of Canada has decided to make the filling-in of the long form by selected residents voluntary instead of compulsory. Paul Banfield, President, Association of Canadian Archivists has written a letter to Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, pointing out from a historical and archival perspective how this will weaken future generations’ understanding of the path along which Canadian society evolved. [Read more]
» PROMISED LAND SYMPOSIUM INVITES PARTICIPANTS  [CONFERENCE] 

(July 19, 2010) The Promised Land Project is calling for Participants in its Fourth Annual Symposium, which will take place May 6-8, 2011 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Potential participants at Revisiting the Promise: Time, Place and Contested Space in African Canadian Communities are being asked for submissions both in the usual form of papers, poster presentations but also in the form of artistic work and performance. [Read more]
» EMANCIPATION DAY, CELEBRATING FREEDOM IN CANADA  [BLACK HISTORY] 

(July 12, 2010) August 1st is Emancipation Day, the anniversary of the date in 1834 when, “An Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies” went into effect. Natasha Henry, author of the newly published “Emancipation Day, Celebrating Freedom in Canada”, tells us about the history of this Commonwealth-wide celebration in Canada which is the origin of Toronto’s Caribana Festival. [Read more]
» A STRATEGY TO WIN AT THE OMB BY UNDERSTANDING IT  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(July 12, 2010) The Ontario Municipal Board appears to be an ogre because it regularly allows the destruction of heritage buildings—often in the face of local planning decisions. Michael Vaughan is a Toronto lawyer with much OMB experience. His letter to Built Heritage News lays out a new strategy designed to help heritage concerns win at the Board. [Read more]
» MYSTERY IN THE TIME OF WILLIAM LYON MACKENZIE  [BOOKS] 

(July 12, 2010) It was the Wild East back in 1836 Ontario. Take a ride with Ensign Marc Edwards as he goes undercover to solve what may be a political murder, an accident or an old-fashioned crime. Turncoat by Don Gutteridge is the first in a series of historical detective novels that will keep your attention and also give you an entrée into the hard-scrabble life of Ontario’s pioneers. [Read more]
» QUESTIONS FOR MAYORALTY CANDIDATES  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(July 12, 2010) In September, Heritage Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Historical Association, will be hosting a mayoral candidates’ debate on heritage issues. They had a series of meetings in Toronto with the public to help develop a set of topics for the debate. To stimulate discussion they prepared a list of questions of concern. They don’t apply only to Toronto nor just to mayors. [Read more]
» A VISION THAT WAS NOT TO BE IN BRANTFORD  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(July 12, 2010) Back in February, the Ontario Heritage Connection featured an article by Leisah Marie asking for help and support to save heritage buildings on the South Side of Colborne Street in Brantford. Unfortunately, all the support and help she and her fellow advocates received did not stop the destruction. Now she has described her vision that was not be for one of the buildings. [Read more]
» HATT-COOLEY CEMETERY CLOSURE PETITION  [CEMETERIES] 

(June 5, 2010) A Loyalist cemetery discovered more than six years ago is under serious threat in Hamilton on Lime Kiln Road. It contains the remains of the family of the founder of Dundas and his family, the Hatts and Cooleys. Marjorie Stuart, who is the Ontario Historical Society’s cemetery columnist, is promoting a petition to help save it from a developer. [Read more]
» LAKE SUPERIOR TIME MACHINE  [EVENT] 

(July 5, 2010) 3D is nothing new! Take a 3D Voyage Around the Lake in 1870 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on Saturday, July 10th. The show features the stereographs of B.F. Childs, premier photographer of Lake Superior. Jack Deo of Superior View in Marquette, Michigan rescued these photographs and he will show them in a 3D projection seen through 3D glasses. [Read more]
» MAANIJIDOWIN “THE GATHERING” IN PORT CREDIT  [EVENT] 

(July 5, 2010) For the first time since 2005, on the weekend of July 17-18, the Maanijidowin Native Pow Wow and Métis Rendezvous will take place. Join in to celebrate over 200 years of living history where the Credit River meets Lake Ontario at J.C. Saddington Park in Port Credit, Mississauga. Enjoy heritage entertainers, demonstrations and exhibitors, a Native Pow Wow, Métis Fiddlers, and a vendor marketplace. [Read more]
» CELEBRATE YOUR ANGO-CELTIC ROOTS!  [CONFERENCE] 

(July 5, 2010) Register now for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIGHSGO) Annual Family History Conference being held September 10 to 12. With a special focus on Ireland and special presentations to mark the year of the British Home Child, pre-Conference seminars, a marketplace of family history products and services, one-on-one consultations using electronic data sources, there is truly something for everyone. [Read more]
» TOWN AND DESCENDANTS UNITE TO RESTORE CEMETERY IN BADEN  [CEMETERIES] 

(June 5, 2010) This year the Township of Wilmot, which is located just west of Kitchener-Waterloo, and the descendants and friends of those buried in the Kropf/Baden Cemetery formed a partnership to preserve the invaluable genealogical information at this cemetery. The cemetery contains some of Baden’s most influential early pioneers. The partnership has organized a campaign to raise funds for the project. [Read more]
» BEAUTIFUL MODERNIST BUILDING TO BE RAZED FOR PARKING LOT  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 30, 2010) A Toronto building slated for demolition should be declared a heritage site, say members of the North York Preservation Panel. Canada Post acquired the former home of Oxford University Press last year and are preparing to tear down the facility. The building was designed by an architectural firm responsible for buildings at University of Toronto, Lakehead University and Trent University was completed in 1964. [Read more]
» WINGS AND WHEELS AND FAMILY FUN AT TILLSONBURG  [EVENTS] 

(June 30, 2010) See a WW 1 Dog Fight sequence with six beautiful and rare aircraft from The Great War Flying Museum in Brampton at the Wings & Wheels & Family Fun Day at Tillsonburg Airport on July 24. The full day event is organized by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association. Have fun, learning about and experiencing our Air, Automobile and Motor Cycle Heritage. [Read more]
» NCC’S CANADA DAY PRESENT IS RARE ESSEX COUNTY HABITAT  [NATURAL HERITAGE] 

(June 30, 2010) The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s ninth annual Canada Day gift to Ontario is 128 hectares of woods and wetlands near Kingsville in Essex County on the shores of Lake Erie. The gift, known as the Armstrong Property, Essex Forests and Wetlands, ensures that some of the area's depleting marshes and wetlands can be reserved and protected for migrating birds. [Read more]
» AN ARTIST’S RECORD OF ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 30, 2010) For over three decades, Laurel Campbell has drawn inspiration from Canada’s heritage sites and landmarks, working primarily in the media of watercolour and pen and ink. Her upcoming July and August exhibition at Campbell House in Toronto features works from her long career in the heritage field, including the loan from a private collection of a winter view of Campbell House. [Read more]
» ORGAN FESTIVAL DRAWS ON MUSICAL HISTORY OF TORONTO  [CULTURAL HERITAGE] 

(June 18, 2010) Toronto will host an extraordinary Organ Music & Historical Festival from July 9 to 12.  Along with concerts, the festival will offer an exceptional walking tour that highlight the city’s musical history. Other treats are visits to both  to the oldest Organ in Toronto at St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church and the S.R. Warren Organ at St. James Cathedral. [Read more]
» THE ANCIENT ART OF WOOD GRAINING  [HERITAGE CRAFTS] 

(June 18, 2010) Wood Graining is an ancient art that can make cheap wood, or even other materials, look like luxury wood. It has advantages that make it environmentally sound. It can also often be a time saver. Lori Harding is an Interior Decorating Consultant living in Carrying Place near Trenton who has mastered this technique and has written an article about it for us. [Read more]
» NEW HISTORY SITE FOR PERTH AND AREA  [INTERNET] 

(June 18, 2010) The Perth Historical Society has launched a new website for Perth and neighbouring townships following months of research and development. Society Chair, John Fowler, said that the goal is to make a broad selection of the area’s best historical documents and photographs easily accessible to the public. This is in line with the Society’s ongoing work researching and popularizing the area’s rich history and culture. [Read more]
» OHS REWARDS EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT  [AWARDS] 

(June 18, 2010) On June 12, The Ontario Historical Society held its 2009 Honours and Awards Ceremony, honouring significant contributions to Ontario's heritage. Chris and Pat Raible were the recipients of the prestigious Cruikshank Medal, which is rarely given. Among their many contributions to the heritage and historical community of Ontario, they have together edited the OHS Bulletin's "From the Bookshelf" feature since 1993. [Read more]
» BURLINGTON COUNCIL ABANDONS BELEAGUERED FREEMAN STATION  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 18, 2010) Burlington’s historic Grand Trunk Freeman Station, built in 1906, has been abandoned to its fate by local city council. Five years ago the station was saved from demolition and moved to a temporary location until a new home could be found, but none has. Dave Morris, President of The Burlington Historical Society has written a moving piece about this loss. [Read more]
» HONOUR HERITAGE HEROES  [AWARDS] 

(June 18, 2010) Do you know or have you worked with an individual or group who volunteers their time to protect, preserve or promote Ontario’s built, cultural and natural heritage? The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for nominations for its 2010 Recognition Programs. The three programs are the Heritage Community Recognition Program, Young Heritage Leaders Program and Community Leadership Program.
Nomination deadline is July 16. [Read more]
» BUILDINGS IN KITCHENER’S TANNERY FACE DEMOLITION  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 14, 2010) No public discussion is required before four old empty buildings in Kitchener’s Tannery District are approved for demolition. This will make way for a parking lot that will serve tenants of the former Lang Tannery. The buildings are part of a group of industrial buildings that made up the Lang Tannery complex, the largest tannery in the British Empire at one time. [Read more]
» FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DISOWNS CANADIAN LIGHTHOUSES  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 14, 2010) The Federal Government has declared surplus almost all of its lighthouses across Canada, both inactive and active. Under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act this means that if local communities want to preserve their historical value, they have to take the structures over themselves. The Heritage Canada Foundation has condemned this action. In Ontario, 173 lighthouse structures are affected. [Read more]
» HALIBURTON OPEN – MUCH MORE THAN COTTAGE COUNTRY  [DOORS OPEN] 

(June 14, 2010) Haliburton’s first ever Doors Open is June 19 & 20. Take the opportunity to see behind the lovely scenery and visit the engines of today’s community – a radio station, fish hatchery, health centre, schools, churches, farm, hotel, lumber mill, maple winery (with maple wine tasting), newspaper, a sewage treatment plant, town hall, and even a funeral home—everything that makes the community tick. [Read more]
» WRECKING BALL DEMOLISHES COLBORNE STREET IN BRANTFORD  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 14, 2010) Demolition got underway on the 41 heritage buildings on the south side of Colborne Street in Brantford last week. Local Council decided to forego a Federal government stimulus grant for the demolition maintaining that the street is an eyesore, hopeless to rehabilitate and a blight on the city’s public face. The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Heritage Canada have decried the destruction. [Read more]
» HEALING AND WELLNESS – AN IROQUOIAN PERSPECTIVE  [EVENT] 

(June 8, 2010) 'At Husking Time', a Women’s Conference, takes place Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Chiefswood Museum and National Historic Site. Join in this outdoor day-long event in as participants explore topics related to healing and wellness from an Iroquoian perspective. An awesome set of workshop facilitators, entertainment (Six Nations Women's Singing Society), and a fabulous traditional lunch will are lined up. [Read more]
» BURLINGTON’S FIRST DOORS OPEN AND ART FESTIVAL  [DOORS OPEN] 

(June 8, 2010) Celebrate Burlington’s cultural history and mark June 12 and 13, 2010 in your calendar as the City of Burlington participates in the first Doors Open Burlington event. A Fine Arts Festival in and around the Burlington Art Centre is one of the many special events and sites. Take a look at the Antique Fire Truck and enjoy lunch on the waterfront too. [Read more]
» HISTORY CHANNEL TRIES TO SAVE HOMER WATSON HOUSE  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 8, 2010) Water has been destroying the Kitchener building where Canadian landscape artist Homer Watson once lived and which is now home to an art gallery and school. The hopeful rescuers are the subject of a History Channel show on June 26th as they work to save the structure and the heritage qualities of the building, including a frieze painted on the walls by Watson. [Read more]
» UPCOMING TRAILS OPEN EVENTS FOR BEAUTIFUL DAYS  [NATURAL HERITAGE] 

(June 8, 2010) Across the province, Trails Open events will be held on weekends until July 17, when the program takes a breather until the cooler days of September. From Moonbeam, near Kapuskasing, to North Bay and Port Hope, get to know the open outdoors of your province with local guides providing hospitality. [Read more]
» BOOK FAIR FOR UPPER CANADA HISTORY BUFFS IN PERTH  [BOOKS] 

(June 1, 2010) If you love to read and you love history, then save the weekend of June 26-27 for the Upper Canada Book Fair at ECOTAY Education Centre in Perth. Meet famous authors, hear them tell their stories, listen in on their panel discussions and get autographed copies of their books. A highlight will be Charlotte Gray speaking on her book, Sisters in the Wilderness. [Read more]
» SECOND LIFE FOR RARE FORMED CONCRETE BUILDING IN DONALD  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(June 1, 2010) A rare formed concrete building in Haliburton County dating back to 1909, will turn into a co-op centre for small contractors and green builders. Once a Standard Chemical distribution centre it has been abandoned for many years. Now Leora Burman and the owner, Jim O’Connor, are working to prevent it from becoming Landfill and save this Landmark for the area’s small contractor community. [Read more]
» DELTA’S OLD STONE MILL CELEBRATES 200 YEARS  [EVENTS] 

(June 1, 2010) On the weekend of June 4 to 6, the Bicentennial of Delta’s Old Stone Mill will be marked with a gala reception, “Under the Millstones” dinner theatre and an antique road show where you can get your heirlooms evaluated. Years of restoration work and “Down by the Old Millstream: Celebrating Life on the Beverley Lakes”, a new exhibit, will be unveiled. [Read more]
» CLARINGTON’S FIRST DOORS OPEN JUNE 6  [DOORS OPEN] 

(June 1, 2010) The Municipality of Clarington is holding its first Doors Open on Sunday, June 6th. Clarington is a large area and the sites are spread wide with a focus on Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono and Tyrone. A highlight is a guided tour to Bowmanville’s Prisoner of War Camp 30. Also see the homestead where R.S. McLaughlin, founder of GM Canada was born. [Read more]
» LANE NAMING PROJECT HONOURS HISTORY, GUIDES FIRE TRUCKS  [COMMUNITY HERITAGE] 

(June 1, 2010) In 2006, the City of Toronto announced a lane-naming initiative taken up with enthusiasm by the residents of the city’s Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District. The impetus for this project was to be able to provide directions for emergency and municipal services vehicles in a place where many lanes are unnamed. But the project has meant important citizens and local icons can be remembered. [Read more]
» EXPLORE 200 YEARS OF RURAL ARCHITECTURE  [CONFERENCE] 

(May 25, 2010) The 2010 Ontario Heritage Conference, sponsored by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and Community Heritage Ontario, looks forward to welcoming you from Friday June 11th to Sunday June 13th to explore together 200 years of rural architecture through “Rural Roots” and “Rural Routes”. Registrations will be accepted until June 4th. The conference takes place at Guelph University’s Ridgetown campus. [Read more]
» WAR OF 1812 WEB SITE HAS DIGITAL IMAGES OF THE TIME  [ARCHIVES] 

(May 25, 2010) A new website makes Brock University and Niagara Region records and artifacts from the War of 1812 available to everyone. University Special Collections and Archives partnered with Niagara region heritage and educational groups to launch the 1812 Online Digitization Project. More than 1,000 items have been digitized and 22,000 images have been compiled. Other organizations are being invited to contribute their materials. [Read more]
» OLDEST HOME IN NW ONTARIO RECEIVES FUNDING  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(May 25, 2010) The Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at the Ermatinger House National Historic Site of Canada in Sault Ste. Marie, which is believed to be the oldest surviving house in northwestern Ontario. Charles Ermatinger built the House between 1814 and 1823, when Sault Ste. Marie was still a small fur trading post on the Upper Lakes. [Read more]
» SACRED TREE FUND  [NATIVE HERITAGE] 

(May 25, 2010) The First Nation Toronto Purchase and the Brant Tract Claims are in the process of being approved. Members of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will vote May 29th. To mark the settlement of the Land Claim, a project is underway to plant “Sacred Trees”, the White Birch. Jane Beecroft, the President of Toronto’s Community History Project, is very involved. [Read more]
» DESERONTO GETS GRANT FOR PARTICIPATORY HISTORY WEB SITE  [ONLINE] 

(May 25, 2010) The Deseronto Archives has received a grant of $16,000 from Ontario’s Museums and Technology Fund for the development of a new website called ‘About Deseronto’. This project is going to be an interactive community website where people can share their memories and images of people, events, artefacts and pretty much anything relating to the history of the town of Deseronto and its surroundings. [Read more]
» JANE JACOB’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOURS BILL DAVIS  [AWARDS] 

(May 25, 2010) During more than 25 years in public life, former Ontario Premier William “Bill” Davis made extraordinary contributions to the public realm in at least three distinct areas: education, urban development and the environment. For this he has been awarded the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award which will be presented at the Canadian Urban Institute’s annual awards ceremony on June 3rd. [Read more]
» CRUISE AND DINE ON TRILLIUM FERRY IN ITS 100th YEAR  [CONFERENCE] 

(May 17, 2010) Toronto's much loved ferry boat, the Trillium, celebrates her centenary this year! Join Heritage Toronto and author Mike Filey, a champion for the ferry's restoration, for dinner and a cruise of Toronto harbour in honour of the occasion on July 2. As we cruise, hear Mr. Filey's stories of the harbour, Toronto Island, and how the ferry was rescued from a watery grave. [Read more]
» ARCHIVING PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE DIGITIZED WORLD  [CONFERENCE] 

(May 17, 2010) From Daguerreotype to Flickr: Grappling with the Archival Image in an Era of Technological Change is the theme Ontario archivists will be discussing in Barrie from Wednesday June 16th to Friday June 19th. There is still time to register. The Program Committee is very excited about the high calibre, inter-disciplinary sessions with attendees from diverse professions. [Read more]
» LEARN ABOUT AND SAMPLE PIONEER FOOD AT OHS AGM  [ANNUAL MEETING] 

(May 17, 2010) The Ontario Historical Society’s 2010 Annual General Meeting and Honours & Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday afternoon, June 12 at the North York Civic Centre in Toronto. This year's keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Dorothy Duncan, author and historian. Her talk is titled: "From Forests to Farmsteads to Fields to a Neighbourhood Garden: Our ancestors' one mile diet". [Read more]
» FREE NATIONAL PARK AND HISTORIC SITE ACCESS FOR GRADE 8s  [NEWS] 

(May 17, 2010) Grade 8 students can  experience Canada’s national parks and historic sites for free, announced Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister. The launch of “My Parks Pass” on Earth Day, a program in partnership with Nature Canada and The Historica-Dominion Institute, will allow Grade 8 students to enter Parks Canada administered national parks and historic sites for free for twelve months starting in September. [Read more]
» CHORAL EVENING REMEMBERS THE PIONEERS  [EVENT] 

(May 17, 2010) On June 2, the Toronto Choral Society will present “The Resting Place of Pioneers”, a work of historical fiction that celebrates the pioneers who braved adversity and privation to found Toronto. Many were buried in Potter’s Field between 1826 and 1855. The concert follows the TCS tradition of blending music and narrative to create a vivid impression of the city’s life in earlier times. [Read more]
» BRANTFORD HERITAGE ADVOCATE PUTS RECORD STRAIGHT  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(May 10, 2005) Colleen Armstrong a long-time Brantford heritage advocate protests in a recent note to the Ontario Heritage Connection that it is not true that nothing was done locally to attempt to save the buildings and streetscape on Brantford’s Colborne Street. Her letter is reprinted here. The real problem may be more that outside help has to be enlisted when the opposition is so formidable. [Read more]
» MORIYAMA & TESHIMA ARCHITECTS EXHIBIT  [BUILT HERITAGE] 

(May 10, 2010) The Archives of Ontario’s new gallery exhibition, Architectural Dialogues: Moriyama & Teshima, showcases original records from one of Canada’s most prestigious architectural firms. It consists of concept drawings and photographs from the Moriyama & Teshima collection that was donated to the AOO. The firm conceived nationally celebrated buildings such as the Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. [Read more]
» RECOGNIZE PUBLICATIONS THAT PRESERVE NORTHWESTERN HISTORY  [AWARDS] 

(May 10, 2010) The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is seeking nominations for its 2011 publications awards These awards will recognize efforts to preserve the history of Northwestern Ontario and its communities through recent publications. And continuing its own long publication tradition, the museum is launching the book "From Thunder Bay Through Ypres with the Fighting 52nd" by William C. Millar on May 25th. [Read more]
» AFTERNOON OF HISTORY AND HERITAGE IN BRANTFORD  [HISTORY] 

(May 10, 2010) Join the Canadian Industrial Heritage Centre (CIHC) for an afternoon of history and heritage in Brantford. On Saturday, 12 June 2010, the CIHC will be hosting an afternoon of presentations at Laurier Brantford's Odeon Theatre at 50 Market Street in Brantford. The event is free and open to all. It starts at 12:30 pm and runs to 5 pm. [Read more]
» FORT FRANCES HERITAGE TOURISM PROJECT CELEBRATION  [COURSE] 

(May 10, 2010) The iSchool Institute, formerly the Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, starts a new series of lectures and workshops. The next one is Museums and Intangible Heritage in Sustainable Tourism. It is led by Amareswar Galla the internationally recognized expert in cultural tourism of the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development, University of Queensland, Australia. [Read more]
» FORT FRANCES HERITAGE TOURISM PROJECT CELEBRATION  [HERITAGE TOURISM] 

(May 6, 2010) You are invited to join in celebrating the Completion of Phase II of the Fort Frances Heritage Tourism Project. It begins on Friday June 4th, with a 10 am reception at the Ontario Travel Information Centre. The project was mapped out in 2004 and uses the Fort Frances Museum as a centre point to make the whole Rainy River region a Heritage Tourism destination. [Read more]

» ONTARIO’S MANY OLD GROWTH FORESTS  [NATURAL HERITAGE] 

(May 6, 2010) The story of Ontario's old-growth forests is now being told in a new book. Author and naturalist Michael Henry has teamed up with old-growth ecologist Peter Quinby to produce the book Ontario's Old-Growth Forests published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Most people in this province live within an hour's drive of an old growth forest, but do not know it. [Read more]

» EXPERIENCE HISTORY WITH FLY DAYS AT TILLSONBURG  [AVIATION HERITAGE] 

(May 6, 2010) The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association members want to share their enthusiasm for the best known training aircraft of all time. You can book a flight on six upcoming fly days over the next few months. The Harvard was used as an advanced trainer by 137,000 aircrew who came from all over the world to learn to fly in Canada during WWII. [Read more]

» MAY IS MUSEUM MONTH  [MUSEUMS] 

(May 6, 2010) All over the province museums are putting on special shows and events to mark May is Museum Month and to entice the people of Ontario to come and see how interesting and exciting a museum visit can be. Take a look at what is planned where you live. On International Museum Day, (marked around May 18th), 2010 admission is free to many museums. [Read more]

» ACO CALLS FOR PROVINCIAL AWARD NOMINATIONS  [AWARDS] 

(May 6, 2010) The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario has put out its annual call for nominations for its 2010 ACO Provincial Awards. Who do you know that is doing great things for heritage? Who deserves to be honoured? The awards program is designed to honour preservation leaders and/or projects that are considered valuable on a provincial scale to the architectural conservation movement in Ontario. [Read more]

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