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2014-2015 Lecture Series

The next talk (Evening with History) will be on Tuesday October 7, 2014 in the hall of St. Andrew's Church starting at 7:30pm.

2014 Kirking



John Galt Day Sunday Celebration
Sunday, August 3, 2014
10:30 a.m.
Knox Presbyterian Church
20 Quebec Street, Guelph, Ontario

IN CELEBRATION OF JOHN GALT DAY, the Old Stone Churches and the Guelph Historical Society, are hosting the Seventh Annual John Galt Sunday Kirking.

"Kirking" is a Scottish ceremonial parade of dignitaries led by a piper as a prelude to a civic church service. The service recognizes the contribution of local leaders, expresses hope for their wisdom, and shows appreciation for their dedication to the local community. This ceremony was practised in John Galt's Irvine, Scotland at the time of Guelph's founding in 1827.

Civic leaders from many faiths, cultures and volunteer organizations will be "kirked" from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 161 Norfolk Street to Knox Presbyterian Church. The procession begins at 10:15 a.m. We invite you and a guest to join in the fellowship as Rev. Johan Olivier and the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church host the ecumenical service, in this their 170th Anniversary year. A lemonade reception will follow the service.

AS PART OF THE JOHN GALT DAY CELEBRATIONS, we encourage donations of non-perishable food items for distribution to Sister Christine's Welcome In Drop-in Centre and the Chalmers Community Services Centre. Both charities are supported by the ecumenical group known as CORE (Guelph Churches' Outreach). Donations will be accepted at Knox during office hours until August 3, please donate as the need in the summer is great.

If you cannot attend, please send someone to represent your constituency or organization. Please RSVP by July 23, 2014 to Libby Walker, GHS Kirking Co-ordinator (libwalker@rogers.com or 519-763-8280). Email RSVPs are preferred.

PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME TO WEAR TARTAN. Get our your kilts and sashes!

Please help make this a memorable and successful event.


David Cameletti
Guelph Historical Society
Email: david.cameletti2@sympatico.ca

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About the GHS

The Guelph Historical Society was founded on 21 February 1961 and is an affiliate member of the Ontario Historical Society. The objectives of the GHS are: to encourage and stimulate interest in the history of Guelph and its environs; to bring together individuals interested in the research, preservation, promotion and advancement of the history of the area; to hold meetings for the presentation and discussion of historical information relating to the Guelph area; to publish books, articles, papers, etc. about the history of Guelph; to identify local sites of historical interest; and to cooperate with other historical societies and related organizations. The GHS is based out of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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