We respond to many requests from organizations who want us to share our knowledge of Burlington’s history.  We also work with the public to secure insight into Burlington’s past from those that were actually there.

We are engaged in activities such as:

  • Presentations to church groups, associations, etc. as well as public programs providing a series of in-depth presentations on a broad range of topics such as Agriculture, Brant Inn of Old, Brant Street, Spencer Smith – the Man and the Park, Villages of Burlington, Businesses and Commercial Enterprises
  • Oral histories which includes interviewing long-time residents to obtain personal and unique perspectives on Burlington’s earlier years
  • We participate in heritage activities such as Heritage Fair, Doors Open Burlington, Jane’s Walk, community book fairs, and Joseph Brant Day to name a few.  We also maintain active partnerships with other community heritage partners such as the Museums of Burlington, Heritage Burlington, Burlington Public Library, Halton’s Heritage Services, and other local historical societies.

To see more detail on our activities throughout the year, check out our Gazette newsletter. 

  • Southeast Burlington’s Canada 150 Party

    The BHS had a table at the event held on August 12th at Skyway Park, organized by St. Elizabeth’s Anglican Church. Pictured here are BHS members Pat, Joan, and Ed, plus in the middle is Councillor Paul Sharman.  

  • Burlington Historical Society Crossword

    For some fun, here is a crossword you can print out and try BHS crossword

  • June 2016 Outreach

    Congratulations Joan Downey! Hearty congratulations are in order for our volunteer Archivist Joan Downey on the successful completion (Honours Graduate) of a two year Records and Information Management Course from Mohawk College on May 3, 2016! Quite an accomplishment! For further details on this achievement, please reference the separate article prepared by Peggy Armstrong and […]

  • April 2016 Outreach

    The Heritage Fair on February 6th at BPL revealed yet another fine example of a couple of members busy at work during that day – Joan Downey and Peggy Armstrong.  Did you get a chance to talk with them on February 6th? Help us Save the Past project – as mentioned at the March General […]

  • September 2016 Outreach

    Yes, we’ve gone Social. This gives us an opportunity to reach out to an audience, both in Burlington and beyond, who live with their phones and iPads in their back pockets.  We can send out bite-sized messages about upcoming meetings, newsworthy items, or the arrival of an exciting postcard in the archives.  Our resident expert, […]

  • Summer 2016 Outreach

    Summer Break Knox Prebysterian Church In early June, Jackie Poppe, a BHS member and a long time member of Knox Presbyterian Church invited the BHS Archives volunteers – Joan Downey, Peggy Armstrong and Patricia Taylor to drop by the church. While there they had a guided tour and met the Rev. Emma Duncan. The purpose […]

  • May 2016 Outreach

    As you are well aware, we have the finest BHS members and executive.  What you may not know is that one of our own Executive, has recently become famous and a TV star. Tom Bochsler was featured on the AGENDA with Steve Paikin on Monday night April 4th. Here is proof positive that this event […]

  • March 2016 Outreach

    Proof positive that our BHS Team have been out in our community of late! 1.  Book Fair on November 28th at Milton- ‘manning’ our BHS table are Joan Downey and Patricia Taylor.  They were located in the Waldie Blacksmith Shop – note background. 2.  Heritage Fair on February 6th at BPL Our very own Joan […]

  • February 2016 Outreach

    Heritage Fair of February 6th at the Burlington Public Library Table Display from February 19 – 25 at the Burlington Public Library Burlington Heritage Group Display on June 4th at the Burlington Mall

  • January 2016 Outreach

    Speaker Microphone Follow-up:  At our November General Meeting, we made some changes so speakers could be better heard.  If you are still having difficulty hearing the speakers, please see Jane Ann Newson at the January meeting. 2016 Burlington Heritage Fair:  Joan Downey, our representative on this committee up, will date us on planned activities for […]