Guelph, mark your calendars—2017 will be a milestone year


Guelph, mark your calendars—2017 will be a milestone year

Guelph, Ont., Friday, November 18, 2016 – Guelph has much to celebrate in 2017.  While commemorating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Guelph will also mark its 190th anniversary.  That is a lot of history to reminisce about, and a great opportunity to inspire future dreams.

Guelph Museums is spearheading the City of Guelph’s Canada 150, Guelph 190 initiatives.

“Canada 150, Guelph 190 gives our community an opportunity to gather together to reflect on and celebrate our collective history,” says Tammy Adkin, Guelph Museums manager. “In doing so, we hope to cultivate community connections and a sense of place, and inspire future engagement and innovation.”

Confirmed Canada 150, Guelph 190 initiatives include:

Building Canada Lectures – Set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Guelph Civic Museum, this lecture series will feature topics about nation building.  Presented in partnership between Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph, Building Canada Lectures kick off Wednesday,  January 11 with Richard W. Hill presenting “Kanata to Canada: Ongoing Legacy of the Silver Covenant Chain.”

Oh Canada Concerts – Free concerts showcasing the diversity of Canadian talent will be held the fourth Friday of each month at the Civic Museum.  The series opens with Ojibway storyteller Aaron Bell, Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m.

This Day in Guelph, Ontario, Canada History – Old news gets a modern twist as this social media campaign revisits news stories from the past 150 years through Twitter and Facebook posts.  Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph have teamed up for this initiative.

Founders’ Day History at Night event – Guelph will celebrate its 190th birthday with nighttime history and art activations in downtown Guelph April 22 to 23.

To the Gathering Place – An exhibition focused on migration and immigration to Guelph from pre-Confederation to the present will run from June to December at Guelph Civic Museum.

Stepping into 150 Years – A self-guided walking tour to encourage families to explore historic sites, runs in July and August.  Presented by Visit Guelph and Guelph Museums, this initiative will be supported by an activity book and contesting.

The City has applied to federal and provincial funding programs to support sesquicentennial initiatives.  As funding is confirmed, additional Canada 150, Guelph 190 initiatives will be announced.


For more information:
Tammy Adkin
Manager, Guelph Museums
City of Guelph
519-836-1221 extension 2775
[email protected]

Posted by Dawn Owen on November 18, 2016