Brampton Historical Society

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​December 2021 – No monthly meeting – Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Meetings are held on-line the 3rd Thursday of every month

 September to June, except December

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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(Annual Membership $25.00 and ​Guests $5.00)


​​​​​​​​UPCOMING 2021 SPEAKER WEBINARS:

December 2021 – No monthly meetingEnjoy the Holiday Season!



UPCOMING 2022 SPEAKER WEBINARS:


January 20, 2022 - Aidan Nault, Student and 2021 BHS Paul Hunt Bursary Award Winner, will be giving a wonderful and unique presentation on the "History of Hockey in Brampton and Bramalea."  Come join us as Aidan shares many exciting facts about hockey in our area! 


February 17, 2022 - Steafan Hannigan, Irish Musician/Author/Technical Director, will be giving a unique presentation on the "History of Irish and European Bagpipes."  Learn about the different types of bagpipes throughout Europe and in the Celtic world of the British Isles.  Come join us for this fun-filled and exciting presentation!


March 17, 2022 - AGM General Meeting, City of Brampton Heritage Update and State of the Nation Presentation!


April 21, 2022 - TBA


May 19, 2022 - TBA


June 16, 2022 - TBA


July and August - No Meetings


September 15, 2022 - TBA


October 20, 2022 - TBA


November 17, 2022 - TBA


December - No Meeting



2021 PAST SPEAKERS:


November 18, 2021 - Members Show & Tell VIA ZOOM, Join us for a fun-filled evening with a variety of interesting artifacts, stories, photos etc.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.  Come join us and share something of interest with our members!


October 21, 2021 - Randy Barber, Historian & Collector, will be presenting a fascinating history of barbering and shaving which goes back at least 5000 years.  He will sprinkle his talk with examples of Barberiana from his collection of almost 3000 items dating back to 400AD.  Please join us for this interesting and exciting presentation!


September 16, 2021 -  Professor Mark Rector, Author / Public Speaker / Educator, will be giving an inspiring talk about Canadian Women Inventors taken from the pages of his best selling book "OH CANADA!  Our Home and Inventive Land!"  Professor Rector will make you proud of our women's achievements, amazed at the talent, skill and bravery of their accomplishments and having you laughing in the aisles at some downright funny anecdotes. Join us and don't miss his presentation, "Eureaka!!!  She's done it EH!"


July and August - No meetings


June 17, 2021 - Annual General Meeting and a STATE OF THE NATION City of Brampton Heritage Update


May 20, 2021 - Lynne Golding, Lawyer and Author, will be giving an extraordinary online presentation on her second book "The Beleaguered" in her Beneath the Alders series.  It tells the story of Jesse Stephens, a young Canadian girl coming of age in a time of war.  This historical fiction series is based on stories relayed to and gathered by Lynne Golding who was born and raised in Brampton.  Come join us for this special presentation!


April 15, 2021 - Professor Mark Rector, Author / Public Speaker / Educator, will be giving an inspiring celebratory talk celebrating Victory in Europe (May 8th) day with a focus on Canada’s Military triumphs and military inventions! From the Avro Arrow to the gas mask invented by a Doctor from Newfoundland that saved 100,000s of lives in WWI, and Sir Fredrick Banting whose research after insulin, helped win the war AND made it possible for NASA astronauts to fly in space!


March 18, 2021 - Marc Tomei, BHS Member, come join Brampton Historical Society Board member Marc Tomei for PART 2 OF 2 of a unique exploration of Brampton and surrounding regions presented online in aerial archival photographs. Marc will share his many insights on how you can explore aerial  photography from the 40’s, 50’s 60’s and more. Fasten your seat belts and join us as we discover Brampton of the past from the air!

February 18, 2021 - Marc Tomei, BHS Member, come join Brampton Historical Society Board member Marc Tomei for PART 1 OF 2 of a unique exploration of Brampton and surrounding regions presented online in aerial archival photographs. Marc will share his many insights on how you can explore aerial  photography from the 40’s, 50’s 60’s and more. Fasten your seat belts and join us as we discover Brampton of the past from the air!


January 2021 -  Professor Mark Rector, Author / Public Speaker / Educator, will be giving an exciting on-line presentation on his recent book, "OH CANADA!  Our Home and Inventive Land."  Come join us for this inspiring presentation about Canadian inventors and some of the greatest inventions of all time!  The presentation has been seen across the country and garnered standing ovations.  The book is a smash bestseller now in its 4th printing with over 1800 copies sold.  Books may be purchased by contacting Professor Rector at:  mark@professormarkrector.com (Signed copies also available for Christmas!)

2020 PAST SPEAKERS:

January 16, 2020 – Members Show & Tell, Join us for a fun-filled evening with a variety of interesting artifacts, stories, photos etc.  Please email Monica a brief description of your item you wish to bring at monica.polley@rogers.com.  Everyone is encouraged to participate!


February 20, 2020 - Monica Polley, BHS Member, will be giving a special PowerPoint presentation on historic photos provided by our members.  The collection of local photos will include a brief description and/or some interesting facts.  Come join us for this "One-of-a-Kind" presentation!


March - June 2020 - MEETINGS POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19


July and August 2020 - No Meetings


Oct 22, 2020 – ​ 1st Zoom Annual General Meeting (AGM) and City of Brampton "State of the Nation" Heritage Update.  Join us for our first ever BHS virtual member meeting and fantastic City Heritage update.  No masks required for this one!  Every member should have received an email with the information package and documents.  Pre-registration necessary.  Sign in for meeting at 7:00 p.m. online.   Please email us at calc90@hotmail.com if you need assistance!


November and December 2020 - No Monthly Meetings - Enjoy the Holiday Season!



2019 PAST SPEAKERS:

December 2019 – No monthly meeting – Enjoy the Holiday Season!


November 21, 2019 - Saul Svirplys, Architectural Historian/Suburban Geographer, will be giving a special presentation on the History of Bramalea, Canada's first suburban satellite city.  Saul Svirplys has a passion for suburban housing design and grew up in Bramalea/Brampton.  Come join us as Saul shares some astonishing archival images and documents he has gathered over the years.


October 17, 2019 - Glenn McFarlane, Musician/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist, will be presenting an extraordinary and musical presentation about his family's 200-year history in New Brunswick.  Glenn, the President and co-founder of the Brampton Folk Club, will be sharing songs from his new CD "Bayside," which is a chronicle of six generations in a rural community.  Come join us for this entertaining presentation!  ​​


September 19, 2019 - David Neelands, Dean Emeritus of Divinity, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "In Search of a Better Life: the Graham-Reed Settlements from New York City to Peel County in 1819."  Dr. Neelands grew up in Peel County and is the great-great-great grandson of Joseph and Mary Graham, leaders of the settlement.   Come join us for the fascinating presentation!


July and August - No meetings

June 20, 2019 – Dave Patterson, Inspirational Speaker and Author, will be giving an astonishing presentation on, "The Extraordinary Number of Indian Gifts to the World."  Author of the book entitled, "500 Years of Lies:  Discover the Extraordinary Number of Native Indian Gifts to the World."  Come join us for an evening filled with fascinating true accounts of where things stood prior to the arrival of Columbus!  Books for sale.

May 16, 2019 – Geoff Acheson, Historian, will be giving a unique presentation on "Lighting of the Past" featuring his very own collection of historic lamps dating all the way back to the early 1800's.  Come and learn about the history of early lighting.​


April 18, 2019 – Lynne Golding, Lawyer and Author, will be giving an extraordinary presentation on her book "The Innocent - Beneath the Alders Series."  A historical fiction based on stories relayed to and gathered by Lynne Golding who was born and raised in Brampton.  Come join us for this special presentation!


March 21, 2019 – Annual General Meeting – City of Brampton Heritage Update


February 21, 2019 – Paul Willoughby, Historian and BHS Board Member, will be giving an outstanding PowerPoint presentation on the "History of the Haggert Family & the Haggert Brothers Manufacturing Company."  Learn about John Haggert who came to Brampton Upper Canada and learn about the largest business in Brampton that existed for many years!​


January 17, 2019 – Members Show & Tell, Join us for a fun-filled evening with a variety of interesting items, stories, photos etc.  Please email Monica a brief description of your item you wish to bring at monica.polley@rogers.com.  Everyone is encouraged to participate!​


December 2018 – No monthly meeting – Enjoy the Holiday Season!


2018 PAST SPEAKERS:

November 15, 2018 - Martin Howard, Collector and Historian, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on typewriters from the very beginning of the typewriter industry (1880s & 1890s).  The collection contains many rare and historically important typewriters, showing the remarkable diversity and beauty of the world's first typing machines.
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July and August - No meetings


October 18, 2018 - Sandra McNamara, Historian, will be giving a presentation on the "Life and Times of the United Empire Loyalists."  Discover the plight and circumstances which the Empire Loyalists endured in their lifetime.  Learn about who they were and how they suffered for their loyalty to the Crown. 

​September 20, 2018 – Paul Racher, Archaeologist and Historian, will be giving an informative and revealing presentation on The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) which offered chilling evidence that Canada’s history has not been as heroic as we might have wished in this 151 years since Confederation.  Come join us and learn about the 94 Calls to Action proposed in its final report, along with the recently-accepted United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which propose some serious changes to how archaeology and heritage is “done” in Canada!​


June 21, 2018 - Jim Leonard, Regional Archivist and Supervisor of Archives at PAMA, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on the extraordinary and unique Brampton Films produced by local photographer, Cecil Chinn.   Come join us, you don't want to miss the added footage from the early 1960's! 


May 17, 2018 - Jean Robinson, Author Historian, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on early one-room schoolhouses in Peel County.  Learn about these rural schoolhouses, their location, a brief timeline of their existence and an interesting historical gem about each.  Books for sale!


April 19, 2018 - Dr. Arne Kislenko, Historian and Professor, will be giving an extraordinary presentation on  the 19th and 20th Century International Relations, emphasizing on, "The History of Espionage and Intelligence Services."   Come join us and learn about international history!  


March 15, 2018 - Annual General Meeting - City of Brampton Heritage Report

February 15, 2018 - Catherine Carreiro, BHS Board Member, Brampton Library Community Engagement Co-ordinator will be giving a wonderful presentation entitled "Brampton Library 101" and explain about the types of genealogical and other resources available to you.  Find out about projects the library has worked on to bring history alive directly from the people who lived it !


January 18, 2018- Members Show & Tell  Join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of interesting items, stories and photos etc.


2017 PAST SPEAKERS:

November 16, 2017 - Linda Granfield, Historian and Author, will be giving a power point presentation on the beloved poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian poet and doctor, John McCrae.  Come learn about the poet’s life, the war on the battlefield and how it led to the poppy tradition on Remembrance Day.  Books for sale! 

October 19, 2017 – Barbara Dickson, Historian and Author, will be disook “Bomb Girls:  Trading Aprons for Ammo,” the historical record of Canada’s biggest WWII munitions plant, General Engineering Company Canada Limited near Scarborough Auditor.  Books for sale!


September 21, 2017 – Debra Porter and Claire Cooper, Historians, will be giving a unique power point presentation on the “History of Grace United Church.”  Come join us at Grace United Church and celebrate the 150th year of the Sanctuary!  Refreshments and tours will be available.


July and August - No Meetings


June 22, 2017 – Chris Raible, Retired Minister, Museum Historic Interpreter and Writer, will be giving a presentation on the “Life and Times of William Lyon Mackenzie and the 1837 Rebellion” – discover his hiding and being helped in the Brampton area.  

May 18, 2017 – Sandra Joyce, Journalist/Publicist, Teacher, Storyteller, will be giving a power point presentation entitled, “Finding Family at the Tower of London,” based on the true story of her discovery of her father’s past.  Books will be on sale!

April 20, 2017 – John McDonald, Historian, will be giving a power point presentation on the creation of the Halton/Peel County after the War of 1812 and the man behind the name “Halton.”

March 16, 2017 – Annual General Meeting - City of Brampton Heritage Report 

February 16, 2017 – Steve Collie, Historian and BHS Member - Come learn about “Hauntings” and about the research being done by Steve.  Also learn about one of the three paranormal tour companies in the GTA Area called “After Dark Tours” and join us for a fun-filled evening!

January 19, 2017 - Members Show and Tell - Join us for a fun-filled evening with a variety of interesting Canadian themed items, stories, photos etc.  Please email Monica a brief description of your item you wish to bring at monica.polley@rogers.com.  Everyone is encouraged to participate!


2016 PAST SPEAKERS:
November 17, 2016 - Craig Heron, Professor of History at York University, Author, will be giving a thoroughly enjoyable presentation on his book, "Booze: A Distilled History." Come learn about the history of Canadian drink and drinking from the European conquest to the present! Books for sale too!

October 20, 2016 - Jim Leonard, Regional Archivist and Supervisor of Archives at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) will be giving a presentation on a variety of interesting historic artifacts - come join us and be prepared to learn all about these treasures! 

September 15, 2016 - Andrew Welch, Actor, Improvisor, Designer, Director, Town Crier for Caledon and Erin, will be discussing the role of the Town Crier. Come learn all about this honourable and extraordinary profession which dates back hundreds of years!

                                                                    July and August - No Meetings

June 16, 2016 - Karen Millyard, Social Dance Historian, Consultant, Workshop Leader - Learn all about the history of social dancing in early Canada and be prepared to learn a simple dance as volunteers will be needed - members are invited to wear their favourite vintage dance clothing!

May 19, 2016 - Diane Reid and Sarah Walker, Historians - Come learn about "Getting Dressed in 1885" and join us for a fun-filled evening with different costumes and collections of vintage garments for women, men and children. Members are encouraged to proudly show off their favourite vintage clothing!