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Bringing history groups together

The annual Meeting of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Local History Association will be held in the Compton Room of the Bradford Public Library on Saturday, December 8th, 1:30 p.m. The BWG Local History Association was formed 17 years ago, in the spring of 1990, and has retrieved and documented many of the details of the history of this area, supported the Local History Room in the Library, and recently, published the 2-volume book, "Governor Simcoe Slept Here." The Association is now taking on new responsibility as the umbrella organization for other history-related groups in the community - The Gwillim Group, which has brought the statue of Elizabeth Gwillim Simcoe to Bradford; the Scotch Settlement Historical Association; and the WEGWHIST Group. The arrangement will provide an affiliation with the Ontario Historical Association that will open the door for sponsorship and fundraising in support of the Town's historical features. The Association has been involved in book writing, editing and sales for the past 4 years; now that Governor Simcoe Slept Here has been completed, the focus is returning to researching and recording local history, and there are opportunities for residents to get involved. Are you interested in history? Do you have time to research on line, index and file, or set up and explore your own special local history project? Come to the meeting to discuss the opportunities.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

Office Window - Canadian Flag/ Schomberg Agricultural Society/ 404 Highway

Article features news on newspapers and opinions (via the Canadian flag debate), news on the Schomberg Agricultural Society annual fair, and historical information from a 1904 version of Toronto's Globe & Mail. It also features the purchase of Joseph Wolfe's farm on Hwy 88, and information on an extension of the 404.

Bradford Witness

Mural - The 1st Train, Confederation

Part of the mural on the south of 13 John St. This section depicts the arrival of the first train to Bradford on June 15th, 1853. The bottom postcard or the 'back' of the top one states: "Bradford was ten years old at the time of Confederation, having been incorporated as a village in 1857."

Peter Wilson

Mural - Andrew and Helen Cilipka

Part of the mural on the south of 13 John St. This stamp depicts the life of Andrew and Helen Cilipka on the Holland Marsh. Andrew and Helen were farmers on the land from 1938-1985.

Peter Wilson

No heritage designation for ca. 1850s home on 6th Line

"The long-awaited Heritage Assessment of the Armstrong - Van Voorst home on the 6th Line was presented to Bradford West Gwillimbury Council, in Committee of the Whole on May 2nd. Prepared by Su Murdoch Historical Consulting of Barrie, the Assessment was carried out as a condition of draft approval for Christina Homes Ltd.'s proposed 66 unit subdivision on the 10 acre property." ...

Bradford West Gwillimbury Times

C. Goode - Grain Merchant

Article describing the business and life of Mr. C. Goode, grain merchant and owner of the Goode Elevators. Article from 1906.

Bradford Witness

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