Meetings & Lectures: In a volunteer organization such as the GHS,
meetings are social, educational and a lot of fun. At every meeting, the Guelph
Historical Society welcomes a guest to speak on an aspect of history. These
lectures take place on the first Tuesday of October, November,
December, February, March and April. Meetings are held in the hall of St. Andrew's Church,
at the corner of Norfolk and Suffolk streets, at 7:30pm, and are
followed by refreshments. All are welcome, although we do ask for a $5.00 donation
2013-2014 Lecture Series
October 2013 – Marva Wisdom on the BME, British Methodist Episcopal Church
November 2013 – Timothy McTague, grandson of Col. Charles McTague, Remembrance Day Lecture
December 2013 – Lisa Cunningham on Guelph Public Library, to be held at Guelph Public Library, Main Branch
(No lecture in January)
February 4, 2014 - Dr. Evelyn Bird - Barns and Coach-houses of Guelph
March 4, 2014 – Dr. James White - Rewriting History: The sinking of HMS Pathfinder in September, 1914
April 1, 2014 – Guest Speaker & Annual General Meeting
Kevin James, University of Guelph Scottish Studies Department - Great Scots! Four Centuries of Migration to Canada
All lectures are held on the first Tuesday of the month and commence at 7:30
pm; all lectures with the exception of that in December will be held in the hall
of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Norfolk and Suffolk streets.
2012-2013 Lecture Series
October 2, 2012 Lecture
"Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet"
Speaker: Bev Dietrich
Bev Dietrich is the Curator of Guelph Museums which includes the brand new
Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae house, birthplace of WWI poet John McCrae of “In
Flanders Fields” fame. Bev was the curator of the travelling exhibit “Sitting
Pretty: The History of the Toilet” that travelled to museums across Canada and
around Ontario for over eleven years. Bev has compiled the research and
photographs, and developed an interesting and somewhat humorous talk about the
history of not only the toilet, but outhouses, public washrooms, chamber pots
and toilet paper.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Annual Remembrance Day Lecture
"Commonwealth Cemeteries Across Europe"
Speaker: Gord Brown
Learn more about the final resting places of Canadian servicemen who fought
and died across Europe during World War I and World War II, including that of
John McCrae, who was laid to rest at Wimereux Communal Cemetery near Boulogne,
Raised in Fergus, Mr Brown joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1960. With
Forces integration, he served in all three branches of the military. During his
final tour of duty, he served as Chief of the Canadian National Liaison Staff to
Headquarters, Allied Forces, Central Europe. He retired from the Canadian Forces
in 1995, and now resides in Elora.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
"Underground Streams of Guelph"
Speaker: Jeremy Shute
Have you ever wondered what happened to the many creeks and streams that feed
the Speed and Eramosa Rivers? They are still there - some buried, some
artificially channeled, and others still visible. Come and find out where and
how our waterways functioned long ago.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
"Empires of Food"
Speaker: Evan Fraser
Evan Fraser, an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Guelph,
specializes in examining the relationship among economic forces, geography, and
food systems in a rapidly changing world threatened by climatic change.
Tuesday March 5, 2013
Topic: "Heritage Trees of Guelph"
at St. Andrew's Church (Suffolk and Norfolk streets); starting at 7:30pm
Speaker: Dr. John Ambrose
Dr. John Ambrose will discuss the Great Tree Hunt and give an overview of
Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) and the direction the City is headed with a
new urban forester.
Dr. Ambrose was Curator of the University of Guelph Arboretum 1974-1991 (as
well as an associated member of the graduate faculty (Botany since 1988), and
Curator of Botany and Manager of Horticulture at the Toronto Zoo (1991-
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
"Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestors"
Speaker: Susan Edwards
Susan Edwards of the Wellington County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical
Society will discuss resources for researching family history.