Musings

Favourite holiday memories from the community

With Hanukkah just ending and Christmas in full swing, the memories wall has been filling up inside the Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah: Traditions in Guelph exhibition! The exhibition explores celebrations from past and present, and invites visitors to share their own stories by posting on the wall. With so many special memories shared on the wall, we want…

Sports memories from the community

If you’ve had a chance to visit our Sports Guelph Played exhibition, you may have noticed the interactive Sports Memories Wall.  The exhibition explores many interesting stories about Guelph’s famous teams and players, controversy and scandal. But with such a long and rich sporting history, we know there are many untold stories. Visitors can share these…

George Sleeman, the Guelph Maple Leafs and the Americanization of Canadian baseball

As one of the first Canadian baseball presidents to hire American players, George Sleeman was credited (…or discredited) as being responsible for the Americanization of the Canadian game. In 1999, George Sleeman was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to Canadian baseball. His accomplishments included forming the first…

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…