Members and visitors are welcome to this social, educational, and fun event. Remember to bring a friend – it’s free.
When: Once a month at 7 p.m., eight times a year from January through May and September through November. Exception is statutory holidays. Traditionally we met on the second Monday, but for 2020 we are transitioning to the second Tuesday.
NOTE: During these Covid times, we are hold Zoom meetings on Mondays, hope you can join us from the comfort (and safety) of your own home.
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.
Hope you are able to come out and hear some good taxi stories!
This month’s meeting won’t be scary – just entertaining and informative.
You are all invited to a party!
“I feel that we’re all lighthouses, and my job is to shine my light as brightly as I can to the darkness.” – Jim Carrey (former Burlington resident)
For our meeting this month, we’re going to paint the town red!… and blue, and green and many other colours.
How to see attend our March where out meeting will be the picture (or video) of fun
Hope you and your special Valentine join us for at this month’s BHS meeting.
We’re excited to hear from a descendant from one of our founding families!
A lot to look back and reflect on. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nash (Ret’d.). will talk about his military career that spanned all around the globe.
Strike up the band – we have a great speaker for you this month!
We are happy to have Chris Mallion-Moore back to tell us some more local history – this time about Elizabeth Simcoe.
Dr Robin McLachlan, will be talking to us a bit about the Klondike.
April’s speaker is Ken Armson R.P.F., and will talk to us about the book he wrote entitled “The Legacy of John Waldie” and sons”
We are Frantic about our upcoming guest, Rick Green.
Order in the court! Order in the court! (Order of Ontario that is) BHS celebrates Black History Month. You are invited to our February Zoom webinar with Linda Carter who will share with us the story of her father, George Ethelbert Carter, the first Canadian-born black judge.
We are very honoured to have former mayor Rick Goldring to speak with us (via Zoom) on Burlington’s more recent history.
(If the meeting is not cancelled/postponed due to the pandemic, it will be on a Tuesday)Please check whether the library is open before coming out, and of course if you are not feeling well stay home. Our speaker is Robert Hayworth, who is going to tell us the story of his sister, in World War […]
We are looking forward to having back Dr. David Galbraith, to talk about the history of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
We are excited to have this month Colina Phillips, who is not only a member of the Halton Black History Society, but a musician and a film maker. Colina will tell us the story of John Ware– a freed slave from South Carolina who became a legend in the history of Alberta.
Happy New Year to all ! So with this new year, and this new decade, we have a new… hope that we don’t have another blizzard like on the evening of our last planned meeting. :-(This month’s speaker is Liz Benneian who we looking forward to hear her talk about the Trumpeter Swan Coalition. Also […]
In November we’re excited to have Liz Benneian come to talk about the Trumpeter Swan Coaition, and a bit about the history of these beautiful birds that call Burlington home.
This month we have a double treat with two speakers! Talking about the Terry Fox Run, and the Around the Bay Road Race.
We are excited to have back with us Ted Barris, talking about his new book “Rush to Danger”
Barbara Teatero will share the news about the Joseph Brant Museum. Barbara Teatero has been involved with Burlington’s museum for a number of years and we’re anxious to hear the latest news about the exciting redevelopment of the Joseph Brant Museum.
Aside from welcoming Spring, we are also glad to have Dorothy Kew come to talk to us.
Drive on over when we’re fortunate enough to have Ron Foss come to talk about his grandfather George Foote Foss, the designer and manufacturer of the Fossmobile.
We hope to see you at our February meeting with our guest speak: Rob Green
Bang in the new year when Gurth M. Pretty comes to talk to us about some naval history
We are fortunate to have Robin McKee back with us to talk about Dieppe.
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.
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.
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.
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
Our Speaker for March 20th is former Burlington Alderman/Councillor, engaged Citizen and columnist for the Hamilton Spectator, Joan Little.
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” Related is a CBC story about 5 Canadians from that war:https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/the-u-s-civil-war-and-the-role-5-canadians-played-in-it-1.3025162 And here is another story of Mike’s researchhttps://www.simcoereformer.ca/news/local-news/waterfords-civil-war-legacy Historian Mike McDonnell of Waterford […]
Crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary II Our speaker this month is Tom Bochsler.
Cal Millar will tell us the interesting history of how Crime Stoppers started.
History of the Hamilton Spectator by Jeff Mahoney
Our guest speaker for October is Mr. Terry Hughes.
Solo Pacific Crossing by John Beeden
MacKenzie’s Flight for Life by Chris Raible
In the footsteps of the Group of Seven by Jim and Sue Waddington
History of the Royal Botanical Gardens by Dave Galbraith
The Life and Times of Sir John A Macdonald by Robin McKee
Adelaide Hoodless by Bob Williamson
Fire Canoe Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited by Ted Barris
The History of Yachting on Burlington Bay by Robert Mazza
The CWH Lancaster visit to UK and the Battle of Britain by Tim Speed
Canada’s First Refugees — The Loyalists by Ruth Nicholson
Finding HMS Erebus by Scott Youngblut
The Art of C.W. Jefferys by Rev. Bob Brownlie
Niagara Gorge Railway by Robin McKee
The Friendly Games by Christine Lei
Remembering to Remember by Tom Bochsler
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.
A Century Ago: the First World War comes to Burlington by Jonathan Vance
The History of the CCM by John McKenty
The Battle of Ridgeway by Prof. Peter Vronsky
Whiskey and Wickedness – Halton & Hamilton by Larry Cotton
The Flight of the Silver Dart by My Grandfather by Col. Gerald Haddo
Journey to Paradise – The Burlington & Desjardin Canals by Bob Sears