Reading Galt

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the restructuring of our colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. We are committed to…

Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Dewa’áo’:gajíhgwa’e’ is the Cayuga Nation word for lacrosse, which has multiple meanings: “they play with webbed sticks” and “to throw or pass the ball” and “hitting their hips. Lacrosse was…

Rotary in Guelph 1920–2020: 100 Years of Service Above Self

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Image: Rotarians of Guelph, 1921 The Beginning of Rotary in Guelph: On February 23, 1920, 25 local business leaders hosted a meeting to organize a Rotary Club in Guelph. Under…

Every Child Matters

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Acknowledging the legacy of Canada’s Residential School system and its impact on Indigenous communities, past, present and future. What is Residential School? The term “Residential School” refers to the education…

Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

In fall 2019, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) approached Guelph Museums about an exhibition that would mark the 75th anniversary of CFUW Guelph. Through the stories of local…

Scholar, Soldier, Spy: Captain John Kenneth Macalister

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Between 1939 and 1945, the Second World War was an international conflict fought on land, on sea and in the air. Canadian soldiers played a major role in the war,…

Liberation of Holland 1945: Trooper Clarence Oliver James

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Between 1939 and 1945, the Second World War was an international conflict fought on land, on sea and in the air. Canadian soldiers played a major role in the war,…

Fred Hallett and The Sewing Machine Factory

Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Alfred “Fred” Thomas Hallett was born in October 1863 in Lewisham, Kent, England – over 150 years ago! His parents, William and Eliza, moved their family to Canada in May…