Heritage and Culture

Haldimand Museums offer a unique and tangible connection between the past and the present through the interpretation of material, heritage & culture, stories and lives of real people who once lived in our community. Together, the Museums provide a variety of opportunities and experiences that enrich the lives of our citizens.

Early patterns of settlement in Haldimand County are still visible in the landscape and architecture, spanning from the pre-Contact era to the proclamation of the Haldimand Land Grant for the Six Nations and the subsequent migration of Loyalist settlers – Americans, largely of German descent and Mennonite tradition. Throughout the 1800’s, an influx of immigration from the British Isles contributed significantly to the area’s development, as did the small but industrious Black community of the late 19th Century – many descended from ex-slaves of the American South.

Since the post-war years of the 20th Century, a significant stream of immigration from the Netherlands has also added to our ever-expanding mosaic of cultural identity, as have the age-old traditions of our Indigenous neighbours – the Six Nations and New Credit communities.

This mosaic has inspired a rich and matchless inventory of significant objects, experiences, sites, structures, features, activities, memories, traditions, creations, relationships, performances and celebrations that help to identify today’s Haldimand County.

You’ll find a wealth of historical artifacts to explore at Museums located in the communities of Caledonia, Cayuga and Selkirk.

Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre

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Haldimand Museum and Archives at the Cayuga Library and Heritage Centre

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Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum

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August, 2019

01Aug9:00 AM4:00 PMChildren's Workshop-Mad Science 29:00 AM - 4:00 PM Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre, 80 Caithness St E, Caledonia, ON N3W 2G6

02Aug9:00 AM4:00 PMChildren's Workshop-The Beach9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, 3513 Rainham Road, Selkirk, ON N0A 1P0

08Aug9:00 AM4:00 PMChildren's Workshop-Something Fishy9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, 3513 Rainham Road, Selkirk, ON N0A 1P0

09Aug9:00 AM4:00 PMChildren's Workshop-Cartoon Camp9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum, 3513 Rainham Road, Selkirk, ON N0A 1P0

10Aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSweet Cheek Baby Pageant9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Selkirk Community Park, 17 Main St W Fisherville, ON N0A 1G0

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Haldimand Museums Advisory Board

The Haldimand Museums Advisory Board assists, advises, promotes and furthers the objectives of Haldimand Museums (Haldimand County Museum & Archives; Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre; Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum).

For further information, please contact (905) 318-5932, ext. 6516

Young Canada Works

Haldimand Museums gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Young Canada Works in Heritage program.

The Young Canada Works grant is delivered by the Canadian Museums Association and allowed both the Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum and Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre to employ summer students who assisted with collections management tasks including: scanning, cataloging, data entry and exhibition installation.

Rachel Berry will be attending the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr where she will be undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education.
Benjamin Vaillancourt will be returning to Brock University for his final year in the History Co-op program.