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
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.
Our guest this month is Don Crossley, a long time Burlington resident.
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.
Our April speaker is author Bill Freeman.
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 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’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.
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.
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.
Dave Hobden will enlighten us and answer the question: Where’s Merton?
Cian Horrobin from the Monarchist League of Canada gave us an enlightening talk.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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.
History of the Hamilton Spectator by Jeff Mahoney Jeff enlightens and entertains about a local newspaper For more information
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 […]
Solo Pacific Crossing by John Beeden For more information
MacKenzie’s Flight for Life by Chris Raible Click here for more info
In the footsteps of the Group of Seven by Jim and Sue Waddington For more information on the book
History of the Royal Botanical Gardens by Dave Galbraith For more information
The Life and Times of Sir John A Macdonald by Robin McKee For more information
Adelaide Hoodless by Bob Williamson For more information
Fire Canoe Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited by Ted Barris For more information on the book
The History of Yachting on Burlington Bay by Robert Mazza For more information
The CWH Lancaster visit to UK and the Battle of Britain by Tim Speed For more information
Canada’s First Refugees — The Loyalists by Ruth Nicholson
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
The Art of C.W. Jefferys by Rev. Bob Brownlie For more information
Niagara Gorge Railway by Robin McKee For more information
The Friendly Games by Christine Lei To learn about how M.M. Robinson brings the First Commonwealth Games to Canada, 1930
Remembering to Remember by Tom Bochsler For more information
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 […]
A Century Ago: the First World War comes to Burlington by Jonathan Vance For more information
The History of the CCM by John McKenty For more information
The Battle of Ridgeway by Prof. Peter Vronsky For more information
Whiskey and Wickedness – Halton & Hamilton by Larry Cotton For more information on the book
The Flight of the Silver Dart by My Grandfather by Col. Gerald Haddo See more information on the Silver Dart
Journey to Paradise – The Burlington & Desjardin Canals by Bob Sears