Members and visitors are welcome to this social, educational, and fun event. Remember to bring a friend – it’s free.

When: Second Monday of the month at 7 p.m., eight times a year from January through May and September through November. Exception is statutory holidays.

Where: Centennial Room can be found at the ground floor of the Burlington Public Library, Central Branch at 2331 New Street. It is accessible with ample parking space available on the North and South end of the Library.

Agenda: Meetings begin with general announcements of interest followed by our featured speaker, often a published author or a field expert. Presentations typically include visuals and materials and we encourage audience participation at the end. Meetings conclude at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Meetings for 2018:

  • January 8
  • February 12
  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 14
  • September 10
  • October 15 (one week later due to Thanksgiving)
  • November 12

Meetings for 2019:

  • January 14, 2019
  • February 11, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
  • September 8, 2019
  • October 15, 2019 (later due to Thanksgiving)
  • November 11, 2019


  • November 2018 General Meeting

    We are fortunate to have Robin McKee back with us to talk about Dieppe.

  • October 2018 General Meeting

    For our October meeting we have BHS’s own Linda Ploen, to talk about her trip to see Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach in France. The meeting is on October 15th due to the Thanksgiving long weekend.

  • September 2018 General Meeting

    Our guest this month is Don Crossley, a long time Burlington resident.

  • May 14 2018, General Meeting

    For May the speaker is Ron Danielsen. Our BHS member is also the Friends of Freeman Station president, and will talk to us about the history of railways in Burlington, including the historic station and the progress on its restoration.

  • April 9 2018, General Meeting

    Our April speaker is author Bill Freeman.

  • March 12, 2017, General Meeting

    We hope you can come out and spend the evening with us when we will have our own Mike McDonnell talk to us on the topic “Canadians in the American Civil War”

  • February 12 2018, General Meeting

    February of course is Black History Month, and this year we’re fortunate enough to have Dennis Scott. Among his many titles and awards he is chair of the Halton Black History Awareness Society. Join us on what will be an interesting evening.

  • January 8, 2018 General Meeting

    January’s meeting brings us Sherry Saevil. Of Cree heritage, Sherry will talk of the issues that have faced Indigenous people in Canada’s recent history. Sherry can tell about her family’s struggles with the ‘Sixties Scoop’ and other challenges in her work at the  Halton Catholic District School Board as the Indigenous Education Advisor.

  • November 13, 2017 General Meeting

    We’ll strike up the band because in November we will have… a band! The Burlington Teen Tour Band, that has proudly represented Canada and Burlington all over the world, will give us a bit of their history.

  • October 16, 2017 General Meeting

    Join us in October for a hot topic! Warren Corp was Burlington’s first paid fire-firefighter, and he will have lots of stories to tell.

  • September 11, 2017 General Meeting

    Dave Hobden will enlighten us and answer the question: Where’s Merton?      

  • May 8, 2017 General Meeting

    Cian Horrobin from the Monarchist League of Canada gave us an enlightening talk.

  • April 10, 2017 General Meeting

    Jennifer Maruno speaking on Japanese Internment in WWII Jennifer has been a teacher and principal, but her true love is writing. You can learn more about Jennifer and see the books she has published on her website.

  • March 2017 General Meeting

    Our Speaker for March 20th is former Burlington Alderman/Councillor, engaged Citizen and columnist for the Hamilton Spectator, Joan Little. Joan will talk about her half century with many Boards and Committees, the Waterfront being the start of her involvement in politics, along with the Beach Strip, Maple Avenue and Roseland and the political things that made […]

  • February 13, 2017 General Meeting

    Crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary II Our speaker this month is Tom Bochsler.  Through his 60 plus years of professional photographic career, he has captured many aspects of work, life and culture throughout Canada and beyond.   Bochsler PhotoImaging, in Burlington, is celebrating 60 years this year, specializing in commercial photography.  Tom has also published a book, […]

  • January 9, 2017 General Meeting

    Cal Millar will tell us the interesting history of how Crime Stoppers started. You can check out his book and more of his bio on his site.

  • November 14, 2016 General Meeting

    History of the Hamilton Spectator by Jeff Mahoney Jeff enlightens and entertains about a local newspaper For more information  

  • October 17, 2016 General Meeting

    Our guest speaker for October is Mr. Terry Hughes. Having grown up in a city with a logo where rails and water meet, it was inevitable that an interest in the Welland canal, great lakes shipping and the Canadian railways would occur. The history of the canal became an invaluable tool when teaching local studies […]

  • September 12, 2016 General Meeting

    Solo Pacific Crossing by John Beeden   For more information

  • May 9, 2016 General Meeting

    MacKenzie’s Flight for Life by Chris Raible Click here for more info

  • April 11, 2016 General Meeting

    In the footsteps of the Group of Seven by Jim and Sue Waddington   For more information on the book

  • March 14, 2016 General Meeting

    History of the Royal Botanical Gardens by Dave Galbraith   For more information

  • February 8, 2016 General Meeting

    The Life and Times of Sir John A Macdonald by Robin McKee   For more information

  • January 11, 2016 General Meeting

    Adelaide Hoodless by Bob Williamson   For more information

  • November 9, 2015 General Meeting

    Fire Canoe Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited by Ted Barris   For more information on the book

  • October 5, 2015 General Meeting

    The History of Yachting on Burlington Bay by Robert Mazza   For more information

  • September 14, 2015 General Meeting

    The CWH Lancaster visit to UK and the Battle of Britain by Tim Speed   For more information

  • May 12, 2015 General Meeting

    Canada’s First Refugees — The Loyalists by Ruth Nicholson

  • April 13, 2015 General Meeting

    Finding HMS Erebus by Scott Youngblut   Discovery crew member and Burlington resident Scott Youngblut discusses the finding of the HMS Erebus, which was abandoned in the Arctic in 1848

  • March 9, 2015 General Meeting

    The Art of C.W. Jefferys by Rev. Bob Brownlie   For more information

  • February 15, 2015 General Meeting

    Niagara Gorge Railway by Robin McKee   For more information

  • January 15, 2015 General Meeting

    The Friendly Games by Christine Lei   To learn about how M.M. Robinson brings the First Commonwealth Games to Canada, 1930

  • November 10, 2014 General Meeting

    Remembering to Remember by Tom Bochsler For more information

  • October 6, 2014 General Meeting

      The Story My Father Never Told by Ken Davy A poignant story of Ken’s father’s WW I experiences that only became known long after he had passed away.  It’s about young men going off to war, their heroism and sacrifice.  It is not the story of just one man’s experience, it is also the […]

  • September 8, 2014 General Meeting

    A Century Ago: the First World War comes to Burlington by Jonathan Vance For more information

  • May 12, 2014 General Meeting

    The History of the CCM by John McKenty For more information

  • April 14, 2014 General Meeting

    The Battle of Ridgeway by Prof. Peter Vronsky For more information

  • March 10, 2014 General Meeting

    Whiskey and Wickedness – Halton & Hamilton by Larry Cotton For more information on the book

  • February 10, 2014 General Meeting

    The Flight of the Silver Dart by My Grandfather by Col. Gerald Haddo See more information on the Silver Dart

  • January 13, 2014

    Journey to Paradise – The Burlington & Desjardin Canals by Bob Sears