Haldimand County Museum & Archives kicks off 2020 with a blast from the past at Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is pleased to offer four exciting events in January. Residents will have the chance to learn about a famous inventor from Haldimand, cultural cooking, Haldimand’s Black History and winter pastimes enjoyed by our ancestors. All programs will be held at the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre; registration may be completed online or in-person at any County office.

Life & Times Series: “P.L. Robertson” – January 14 (6:30 pm)
This special talk will highlight the life and times of Peter Lymburner Robertson, from Seneca, the inventor of the Robertson screwdriver. In 1907, while demonstrating a new slot headed screw driver for a Philadelphia based tool company, Robertson cut his hand badly when the driver – as it had time and time again – slipped out of the slot.  Always a tinkerer, he set himself the task of inventing a new screw that would not only be safer, but faster and more efficient than its outdated predecessor. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10323.

Exhibit Opening Talk: “They Came in the Night” – January 15 (1pm)
This talk will kick off the museum’s latest exhibit on the history of the Underground Railway and black settlements in Haldimand County. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early-to-mid-19th century. This network was used by African-American slaves to escape into free states and Canada, with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10324. The Exhibit will be open until March 25.

Workshop “Cultural Cooking” – January 22 (1 pm)
Shopping local is not a new thing. Our early ancestors had to adapt their cooking skills to what food was available. The food traditions that they brought with them from their homelands were adapted to work with what was on hand in Canada. This workshop will explore some of these early dishes and how they form what we now call ‘Canadian Cuisine’.   Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10343.

Heritage Series “Winter Pastimes” – January 25 (1pm)
This talk will focus on the winter pastimes our ancestors enjoyed and how our various cultures influenced our traditional games.   Cost $10/pp   Code: 10407

For more information contact the museum at 905-772-5880 or email: museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Haldimand County Museum & Archives is located within the  Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre, 19 Talbot St W, Cayuga.

Tim Horton’s Christmas free skates happening across Haldimand

Have some fun this winter with the Tim Hortons’ Free Skates program! Tim Hortons restaurant owners proudly offer complimentary skating during the winter season at local community arenas across the country. Below is a list of the FREE Skates in Haldimand County this holiday season. Be sure to check the events calendar for the most up-to-date program information (cancellations, etc).

 

December 23, 2019 -January 3, 2020 Tim Horton’s FREE Skate Schedule

December 23

Cayuga Memorial Arena: 1 to 2pm
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 2 to 3pm
Hagersville Arena: 10 to 11am

December 24

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 11am to 12:30pm (Almas Rink)
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 10:30am to 12pm
Hagersville Arena: 1 to 2pm

December 27

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 1:30 to 2:30pm (Almas Rink)
Cayuga Memorial Arena: 1 to 2:30pm
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 11am to 12pm

December 30

Cayuga Memorial Arena: 1:30 to 2:30pm

December 31

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 12pm to 1pm (Clark Rink)
Dunnville Memorial Arena: 10:30 to 11:30am
Hagersville Arena: 1 to 2pm

January 2

Haldimand County Caledonia Centre: 10 to 11am (Clark Rink)
Hagersville Arena: 10 to 11:30am

January 3

Cayuga Memorial Arena: 11am to 12pm

 

Edinburgh Square Hosting Special ‘Art Of War’ Presentation, P.A Day Program, Photography Exhibition & More This November

From photography exhibitions and guest speakers to special children’s and family programming, there’s something for everyone at Caledonia’s Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre this November.

Guest Lecture: ‘The Art of War’ with Ryan Graham – November 9 (2pm)
Join guest lecturer Ryan Graham for a special presentation titled ‘The Art of War’. Art is a reflection of the society that creates it, so what kind of art is produced when that society goes to war? ‘The Art of War’ discusses two artistic interpretations on the subject. The first, the ancient Romans who embraced war through their creative expression of state propaganda, and the second, a radical group of artists rebelling against art itself during WWI. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10387.

P.A. Day Program: ‘Jingle All The Way’ – November 15 (9am to 4pm)
‘Jingle All The Way’ is an entertaining full-day program for kids 5 to 10 years old. Kids will spend the day with Edinburgh Square’s elves and enjoy festive crafts/activities, including: making a snowman buddy, decorating cookies, singing songs and designing special tree ornaments for Light-Up Night. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $26.25 per child. Code: 10381.

Haldimand Photography Club Exhibition Opening Reception – November 15 (6 to 8:30pm)
Edinburgh Square is pleased to welcome back the Haldimand Photography Club’s annual exhibition. The exhibition features a selection of unique photographic works created by talented artists. Stop by for the opening reception & see the Club’s amazing work. The exhibit will remain open until February 21, 2020. Admission is free.

Light-Up Night Festivities at Edinburgh Square – November 28 (6 to 8pm)
Stop by and enjoy the sounds of the season performed by local musician Phyllis Bryce and her students. Special tours of the Centre will also be offered, including a tour of the infamous jail cell. No registration is required for this event, and admission is free. Access to the concert area and jail cell are by stairs only.

Registration for The Art of War & Jingle All The Way may be completed online using the code provided or in-person at any County office. For more information on these programs or other Museum offerings, please contact Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre at esquare.centre@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-765-3134. A comprehensive schedule of all Museum programs is available in the County’s Community Guide.

Haldimand County Museum & Archives Announces New Commemorative Exhibit & November Program Schedule

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is hosting a number of programs this November, including two talks on WWI/WWII, a wartime records genealogy workshop and a session about obscure County by-laws from the past. All programs will be held at the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre; registration may be completed online or in-person at any County office.

Historically Speaking: WWI & WWII, A Defining Moment in History – November 6 (1-3pm)
This informative talk is dedicated to the men and women from Haldimand who served Canada during WWI & WWII. Attendees will learn about the renowned 114th Haldimand Battalion C.E.F, the formation of the Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles of Canada and the significant role Haldimand played in both world wars. A new exhibit – WWII: Defining Canada – will also be debuted at this event. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 8378.

Adult Workshop: Searching the War Records – November 16 (1 to 3pm)
Military records can often provide valuable information on the veteran, as well as on all members of the family. This workshop teaches participants how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files online, identify an individual’s military unit and consult various other digitized and archival resources. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10388. Light refreshments will be served.

Heritage Series: War and Remembrance – November 19 (6:30 to 8pm)
This talk will highlight the history of the military in Haldimand County & explore the roles of men and women in combat and on the home front during the War of 1812, the Boer War, Fenian raids, WWI and WII. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10234. Light refreshments will be served.

Heritage Series: Obscure & Strange Historic Bylaws – November 20 (1 to 3pm)
This talk will highlight some of the interesting and humorous bylaws that were passed in Haldimand County beginning in the 1850’s. E.G: Did you know that it was illegal for your cows to run free on the main street in Dunnville? Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 8379. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on these programs or other Museum offerings, contact the museum at museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-772-5880. A comprehensive schedule of all Museum programs is available in the County’s Community Guide.

Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Haldimand County is inviting residents and visitors to submit their photos of Haldimand’s beautiful environment, architecture and vibrant community life in the 7th annual Uniquely Haldimand photo contest. The contest opens October 15 and runs until December 1, 2019.

With 87km of gorgeous Lake Erie waterfront, the Grand River, sprawling countryside and charming towns, Haldimand County is one of the most picturesque destinations on Ontario’s southwest coast. Its abundance of outdoor recreation options, scenic lookouts, community events, historic sites and culinary experiences make it an incredible place to live, explore and photograph.

The contest is open to Haldimand County residents and visitors. To be eligible for entry, photos must depict a scene from within the boundaries of Haldimand County. They must be digital, high resolution photos no more than two years old. Participants may submit their photos via the online submission portal at haldimandcounty.ca/photo-contest. Photos must be submitted by Sunday, December 1 and comply with all rules and regulations.

A panel of judges will closely examine all submissions in December. Four winners will be announced prior in early 2020 with 1 Grand Prize, 1 Second Prize and 2 Honorable Mentions awarded. Prizes include gift certificates for unique culinary experiences, Haldimand County souvenirs and more. Winning photographs will be displayed within the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre and featured on a number of Haldimand County publications and marketing materials.

For additional information and to view past winners, visit haldimandcounty.ca/photo-contest.

Haldimand County Museum And Archives Announces Special October Programs At New Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre

This October, Haldimand County Museum & Archives will be hosting a number of ‘spooky’ events – from live musical performances to ghostly walking tours. All programs will be held at the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre.

October 15 – Culture Club – Music by Canadian folk band ‘The Treeline’ – 6:30 to 8pm
Canadian folk band ‘The Treeline’ will treat attendees to a lively performance full of harmonies and story-driven songs with a variety of instruments. Music is reflective of the people, landscape and changing seasons of our country. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10231. Light refreshments will be served.

October 22 – Ghostling Walking Tour of Cayuga – 6 to 8pm
Take a guided stroll through the historic village of Cayuga and explore its most ghostly haunts. Stories of murder, mayhem and ghost sightings will be part of this evening – especially surrounding the Cayuga Courthouse which was the site of several hangings. The program will be held rain or shine (if inclement weather occurs, the talk will take place at the Heritage Centre). Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 8377. Light refreshments will be served.

October 29 – Escape the Museum – 1 to 3pm
Do you have what it takes to escape from the museum? An unsolved historical murder, missing artifacts, and a dastardly archeologist set the stage for this interactive program. Participants will have one hour to uncover the evidence of the crime and escape the museum before the suspect returns. Put together a team or come on your own and try to solve the mystery! Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10386. Light refreshments will be served.

October 30 – Historically Speaking Halloween – 1 to 3pm
Join in on the museum’s annual “spooky” Halloween celebration. Fresh scones, tea, raspberry jam and other sweet treats will be served followed by a talk on some of the most interesting haunted places in Haldimand County and the surrounding area. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10012.

For more information on these programs or other Museum offerings, contact the museum at museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-772-5880. Register for any of the above programs here. A comprehensive schedule of all Museum programs is available in the County’s Community Guide.

Haunted Haldimand – Renowned Paranormal Investigator Visiting Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre

Believe it or not, ghosts are REAL! So says Peter Roe – author and Assistant Director of renowned Canadian paranormal research team The Searcher Group. Roe will be visiting Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 5 to discuss his popular book Haunted Town Halls. The Centre, which once served as Caledonia’s Town Hall, is located at 80 Caithness Street East.

The Searcher Group is a team of individuals involved in the study of parapsychology – a field of study that investigates paranormal or “psychic” phenomena that cannot be explained by current scientific knowledge. 2019 marks the group’s 40th anniversary of paranormal investigation.

In March 2014, Roe arranged for The Searcher Group to apply their collective skills at the Acton Town Hall Centre, launching what became the first of several stops on a two and-a-half-year ‘Town Hall Tour’ throughout southwestern Ontario. Peter felt these investigations would make  an interesting experiment to see how the team fared in a number of historic buildings that once served the same purpose.

The results of this experiment and his book Haunted Town Halls will be the focus of Roe’s presentation on October 5. Roe will lead a special presentation, followed by a question and answer session and book signing. Roe points out that “…one doesn’t need to be a complete believer to enjoy a good ghost story.”

The cost for this program is $10.00 per person; it’s suitable for mature (13+) audiences. Registration may be completed online at link.haldimandcounty.ca using program code 10315 or in-person at any County office.

For more information on this program or other museum offerings, please contact Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre at esquare.centre@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-765-3134. A comprehensive schedule of all museum programs is available in the 2018-19 Community Guide.

2019 ‘Neighbour Nights’ Will Bring Caledonia Residents Together At Haldimand County Public Library

Haldimand County Public Library’s popular ‘Neighbour Nights’ program is returning to Caledonia this fall. The monthly social and educational program – hosted out of the Caledonia Library – is geared towards new Caledonia residents, newly retired individuals, new parents and residents with a desire to learn more about their community.

Each Neighbour Night session is themed and centres around various aspects of Caledonia’s vibrant community. The overarching goal of Neighbour Nights is to create and cultivate social connections between community members and local organizations, service clubs, agencies and businesses for the purpose of increasing community engagement and public awareness of programs, services and business.

The 2019 Neighbour Night schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 26: Lifelong Learning

Thursday, October 24: Volunteering

Thursday, November 21: Local History & Culture

“Neighbour Night is a great opportunity to learn more about the vibrant offerings in Caledonia and Haldimand County,” noted Lindsay Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator at Haldimand County Public Library. “Neighbour Night, and the library as a whole, provides a comfortable atmosphere for making connections – whether those connections be with fellow residents, information or community services,” she added.

All Neighbour Night programs takes place at Haldimand County Public Library’s Caledonia Branch from 6 to 8 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend the free program, mix and mingle with fellow residents and learn about what’s offered locally. Registration is not required.

Organizations, service clubs, agencies or businesses interested in participating are encouraged to contact Lindsay Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118 or lthomas@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Additional information about Haldimand County Public Library

programs, resources and events can be found at HaldimandLibrary.ca and on the library’s Facebook page.

Haldimand Museums Hosting Oral History Workshop With Broadcast TV Icon & Internationally Recognized Filmmaker

This September, Haldimand Museums will be welcoming internationally recognized filmmaker Graeme Bachiu and iconic CHCH-TV news anchor Connie Smith to present an oral history/interviewing workshop.

The two-day workshop, to be held at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre on Saturday, September 14 & Saturday, September 21 (1pm to 3pm), will cover the skills needed to film and interview subjects to preserve oral histories.

“In every family, stories are passed down from generation to generation, occasionally graining details with each telling,” said Anne Unyi, Haldimand County’s Supervisor of Heritage & Culture. “Preserving those stories through film & one-on-one interviews has become much easier with technological advancements, but using these technologies and knowing how to ask the right questions are skills a lot of us need help developing,” Unyi added.

To begin the two-day workshop, filmmaker Graeme Bachiu will teach participants the basic camera and interviewing skills they will need to collect and preserve oral histories. The Oral History Workshop will present both technical and practical hands-on approaches to conducting interviews. On day 2 of the workshop, Graeme will collaborate with one of the best interviewers in the business – former CHCH-TV anchor Connie Smith – to teach a master class in interviewing.

Graeme Bachiu, an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker with over 25 years of film and TV experience. Graeme’s work has been shown on CTV, CBC, CHCH-TV, CNN and NBC and his documentary short films have been screened at film festivals around the world. Graeme has a deep interest in history and preserving stories of the past.

The workshop is available to anyone with an interest in undertaking an oral history project, learning basic principles of filmmaking or becoming a better interviewer. Cost for the two-day program is $60.00 per person. Registration may be completed online at link.haldimandcounty.ca or in person at any Haldimand County office using program code 10314.

Fall Museum Programming Kicks Off At New Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre

The new, state-of-the-art Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre (CLHC) opened to the public on August 6. All library and museum services are now co-located and available at the 19 Talbot St. W location, including popular heritage & learning programs.

Museum staff have announced their September lineup of heritage-focused workshops, which will continue to be offered year-round. The September schedule is as follows:

Heritage Series: Tales from the Grand River – September 10 (6:30 pm to 8:00 pm)
At this heritage talk, participants will learn about the history of the magnificent Grand River, its people and communities. Museum staff will highlight tales from the past and shine a light on the pre-contact era, the Underground Railway & the area’s earliest settlers. This talk is suitable for all ages. Cost is $5/person. Code: 10277.

Adult Workshop: Finding Your Roots – September 11 (1 pm to 3 pm)
This hands-on workshop will show how participants how to navigate microfilm, historical archives and other digital resources to find elusive relatives. Museum staff will explain how to look in unusual places to find items that will help unlock family history. Attendees are encouraged to bring their most difficult genealogy-related questions for museum staff to assist with. Enrollment is limited to 15. Cost is $10/person. Code: 10376.

Heritage Series: British Home Children in Canada – September 18 (1 pm to 3 pm)
From the late 1860s right up to 1948, over 100,000 British children believed to be orphans were emigrated to Canada to be used as indentured farm workers. This talk, led by museum staff, will focus on some of these children’s Haldimand stories. This talk is suitable for adults. Cost is $5/person. Code: 8371.

Culture Club: Historical Jeopardy – September 24 (6:30 pm – 8 pm)
Spend a fun evening exploring Haldimand’s past through a series of historic Jeopardy questions. Put together a team and learn all about Haldimand’s communities and their stories. Cost is $5/person. Code: 10229.

Historically Speaking: Life & Times of Jane Austen-September 25 (1 pm – 3 pm)
This afternoon is dedicated to author Jane Austen who was ahead of her time and one of the earliest women on the fringe of the suffragette movement. Homemade scones, tea and sweet treats will be provided during the talk. Cost is $10/person. Code: 8372.

Pre-registration is required for all paid events. Registration may be completed online at link.haldimandcounty.ca or at any County office using the code provided. For more information about
museum programs and events, contact museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

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