This Day in Guelph History: August 5, 1908

To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph have teamed up to present This Day in Guelph, Ontario, Canada History – Old news gets a modern twist as we revisit news stories from the past 150 years.


August 5, 1908

Guelphites celebrated Old Home Week. Also known as Old Boys Reunion, the event saw former Guelph residents return in droves to partake in the festivities.

Monday, Citizen’s Day, began with a League Baseball match followed by a “Gathering of ex-Guelphites and Public Reception of visitors at Depots and Central Registration Booth at City Hall. A general reception committee composed of reception committee of City Council and reception committee of Old Home Week Association will meet all trains to extend a hearty welcome to all ex-Guelphites and visitors.”

Other activities during the week included a Grand Band concert, fireworks displays, various sporting matches, and multiple Grand Parades.

The official Old Home Week Programme boasts, “Accommodations for all, and a good time for all. Reduced railway rates from all points on all lines. Passenger Agents will cheerfully furnish all information.”

Photo: Old Home Week Parade, St. George’s Square, 1908 | ID: 1986.18.222

Old Home Week Parade

Posted by Sarah Ball on August 5, 2017

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