Musings

The legend of Arthur Cutten and his hidden fortune

Arthur Cutten was born and raised in Guelph and remains a figure of local legend and mystery with many reminders of him left throughout the city. Among them is Cutten Fields and an interesting story of a hidden fortune to go with it. Born and raised in Guelph, Arthur Cutten would eventually move to Chicago…

Guelph, Rome, and the origin of a History Myth

What do Guelph and Rome have in common? According to Guelph’s founder, John Galt, both cities are “fated with a high destiny.” And, as is often the case with great cities, both have been “the cause of quarrels.” Those familiar with Roman mythology know that Romulus killed his brother Remus on the same day he…

John Galt: the Finding and Founding of Guelph

There are certain benefits to having a novelist found your city. First of all, you can count on him or her to write a gripping story of your town’s origins. This is definitely true of Guelph, whose founder, Scottish novelist John Galt, told the story of the city’s beginnings in his autobiography. And told it,…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Deborah Dryden

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Guelph’s best worst poet

For James Gay, poetry wasn’t a solitary pursuit, reserved for quiet hours in the study. It was the stuff of everyday life. Gay would greet a familiar face on the streets with a quick rhyme: “Nice day—good day—James Gay—here today—soon away.” Born in England in 1810, Gay was trained in carpentry, but entered the hotel…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Bob McCorkindale

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Tea cup.

Three Tips for a Perfect Cup of McCrae House Blend Tea

The McCrae House Blend tea is a hardy black tea that is so popular we have difficulty keeping it on our shelves at the Hilltop Shop . Guelph Museums asked tea blender Michael Horst to create the tea in 1997. Horst, whose great grandfather fought in the First World War was honoured to take part, and…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Connie DeRuyter

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…