Volume 48

Building Guelph's Loretto Convent

November 29, 2018 — Author: Dr. Gil Stelter Publication Date: 2009   From the time that Guelph founder John Galt chose the most prominent location in the new town site for the institutionheaded by his friend Bishop Alexander Macdonell, what became known as "Catholic Hill" has been a place of special significance for the entire community. A. important part of the eventual complex of...

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Caring for Body, Mind and Soul: The Legacy of the Ladies of Loretto

November 29, 2018 — Author: Dr. Debra Nash-Chambers Publication Date: 2009   Dance class at the Loretto Convent, 1947.   Photo courtesy Guelph Museums   Women religious from the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) have a long record of service in Guelph that dates back to 1856 when Father John Holzer invited the Lorettos to establish a filiation in the burgeoning town...

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The Royal City Goes to War: How the Guelph Evening Mercury covered the First World War

November 29, 2018 — Author: Jenn Annis Publication Date: 2009   Any Guelphite who was awake and downtown at midnight on Tuesday, August 4, 1914 would not have noticed anything different about the town as the massive hands on the clock aligned at the top. Howevecr by the dinner hour on Wednesday, few citizens would not know that Britairy and by extension Canada was...

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A Fire in Quebec City, A Burning Question for Guelpg: Who Was George Wallick, The Hero of St. Sauveur?

November 29, 2018 — Author: Dr Jason F. Kovacs and Dr. Brian S. Osborne Publication Date: 2009   What Started It All About midnight on 16 May 1889, a fire broke out in St. Sauveur, a village to the west of Quebec City.1 the population fled their homes as the fire raged through the wooden houses, virtually undrecked by the feeble efforts of the...

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The Role of Education in the Early Years of the Women's Institutes

November 29, 2018 — Author: Andrea Gal Publication Date: 2009    This postcard shouts the Macdonøld lnstitute (Ieft) and HalI (right on the Ontario AgriculturaI CoIlege cmpus.       Image appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives, Macdonald Institute and Hall, ca. 1900 (C6-0-0-0-0-73L)   The Women's Institute (WI) began as a farm women's organtzation, inaugurated in Saltfleet, Ontario in\897. The mythology of the founding...

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The First Stone Schoolhouse in Guelph and the Matthews Family

November 29, 2018 — Author: Henry Law Publication Date: 2009   In 1827, John Galt, an agent of the Canada Company, founded the hamlet of Guelph. The first tree was felled at a site now located west of the junction of Wellington and Macdonell streets. It was here that the plans for the future town of Guelph were laid on 23 April 1827. In...

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Soldiers of the Future: The Militarization of Boys within the Ontario Public School System, 1857-1937

November 29, 2018 — Author: Jennifer McCulloch Publication Date: 2009   Last Boy Scout Troop, Guelph, circa 1905.    Photograph appears courtesy of the Guelph Public Library Archives, Group Photo of 1st Boy Scout Troop, Guelph, ca 1905 (C6-0-0-0-0-948   A strategic and progressive militarization of boys occurred within Ontario's school system from the late 19th to the early 20th century in order to instill...

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