The Burlington Historical Society Merchandise

All shipment and inventory is handled by:
Different Drummer Books
Store: 513 Locust Street Burlington Ontario  L7S 1V3
Phone: (905) 639 0925

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David Davidson, DVD, 2007. A recording of Davidson’s talk at a meeting of The Burlington Historical Society. The Davidson family had a long history of farming in the area of Maple Avenue. Numerous family photos appear on the Burlington Images web site.

Peggy and Les Armstrong, 2000. 89 pages, illustrated. A compilation of the origins of the street names of Burlington. This book is the only record detailing the naming of this city’s streets.

Claire Emery Machan, 1997. 341 pages, 18 colour and 145 b/w illustrations. This updated version of From Pathway to Skyway is a comprehensive history of Burlington from the Pleistocene Era to 1996. It is an invaluable aid to research in Burlington History.

Dorothy Turcotte, 1992. 272 pages, illustrated. This book continues the history of Burlington as it developed through the 20th century. Brief biographies of early families and their accomplishments.

Dorothy Turcotte, 1989. 216 pages, illustrated. A history of the early pioneers, both United Empire Loyalists and immigrants from the British Isles, who settled in the Burlington area. Many of the names in this book are to be found among present-day families in Burlington. Covers the period from 1780 through the 19th century.

Peter Fisher, edited by Helen Langford with an introduction by Murray Fisher, 1984. 48 pages, illustrated. A brief notebook of reminiscences of his life in nineteenth-century Burlington by a member of a well-known area family.

edited by Vicki Gudgeon, 1981. 61 pages, illustrated. A glimpse into the everyday life of a young wife and mother during six months in 1850. We see her coping not only with her own, eventually fatal illness, but those of her own children, family members and friends. Insights are also gained into Methodist piety including Catherine’s own spiritual struggles, as well as her relationship with her husband and the general routines in the lives of a large, extended family.

Television Documentary. Written and produced by John Best. This highly entertaining DVD contains historic film footage and photographs, recordings and audio tapes which bring to life this fabulous entertainment venue and the exceptional showman who made it all happen. During the first half of the 20th century the Brant Inn featured almost every famous entertainer and Big Band of the era. The Brant Inn thrilled patrons with performers the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Sophie Tucker, Fats Waller, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman … a list of luminaries that seemed to go on forever. This highly entertaining documentary features well-known celebrities and many others with their interesting and often humorous reminiscences of this fabulous place.

by Stewart Brown. 2008. John Murray Anderson turned the Brant Inn into a nightclub that grew to be internationally renowned and put Burlington on the map. With his personal connections with the Brant Inn, local writer Stewart Brown was able to bring the many memories of this once vibrant nightclub alive. Brant Inn Memories recalls stories ranging from the entertainers to the Inn’s employees, from the club’s owner to the building itself, in a way that will take the reader back in time to the dancing era when big bands, swing and jazz were the essence of an evening out.