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October 2020

History Bites – Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Join us for an online series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection. Guelph Museums curator Dawn Owen will be chatting about Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County, a display highlighting the contributions of women and organizations/groups who have advanced the status of women by leading the way towards a diverse and gender inclusive community. Created in partnership with University of Guelph College of Arts, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, Canadian Federation of University Women-…

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Military Lecture – Fighting for Citizenship: Black Union Soldiers on the Battlefield and in Politics

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
American Civil War coloured regiment recruitment poster. The painting is of eighteen Black soldiers wearing grey Union uniforms. There is a White man standing at the far left wearing a blue uniform. There is a small Black child at the far right who is holding a drum.

Image: 1864 Union recruitment broadside, P. S. Duval and Son, Philadelphia Guelph Museums’ 2020-2021 military lecture series is going digital!  Dana Weiner presents, Fighting for Citizenship: Black Union Soldiers on the Battlefield and in Politics. During the U.S. Civil War, African American men fought to join the Union ranks. Their struggle was just one operation in a much longer rights campaign that both free and enslaved people fought. Across the nation, thousands of Black men believed that they must join…

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Fourth Friday: Kim and Rajan Anderson

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
Free
Photo of Rajan Anderson playing the fiddle. His mother Kim Anderson is playing the piano on the right. They are playing together outdoors outside of the University of Guelph University Centre

*Tickets available Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m. Kick off your weekend and celebrate the Culture Days finale with a performance by Kim and Rajan Anderson. On the Fourth Friday of each month, enjoy free admission and an outdoor concert on the patio of the Civic Museum from 7 to 9 p.m. Performances start at 7 p.m. 19+ Cash bar. While admission is free, advanced registration is required. Individual and family/social circle seating will be assigned, respecting physical distancing protocols. Please book tickets together…

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Resonance: Guelph Chamber Choir at 40

October 27, 2020 - March 28, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photo of the Guelph Chamber Choir practicing. The large group is standing in a large semi-circle with their backs to the camera and are facing the conductor.

Experience the soul-stirring sounds of Guelph’s premier chamber choir through 40 years of recording and performance history. This exhibition shares the stories of the people whose lives have been touched by their involvement with choral music since 1980 and sets the stage for the next 40 years of Guelph Chamber Choir.

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November 2020

Liberation of Holland 1945: Clarence Oliver James

November 3, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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History Bites: Second World War Remembered

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
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Join us for a series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection. This History Bites session featuring the Second World War Remembered. History Bites is a free online event. Register in advance through Eventbrite (*link coming soon) to take part in the conversation from the comfort of home.

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Military Lecture – War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada

November 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Guelph Museums’ 2020-2021 military lecture series is going digital!  Dr. Alex Souchen presents, War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada. War Junk reveals the complex political, economic, social, and environmental legacies of munitions disposal in Canada. During the Second World War, Canadian factories produced mountains of munitions and supplies, including some 800 ships, 16,000 aircraft, 800,000 vehicles, and over 4.6 billion rounds of ammunition and artillery shells. Although they were crucial to winning the war, these assets turned into…

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December 2020

History Bites: Live from the Vaults

December 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Photo of a pear with a bite taken out of it. The event title "History Bites" is in blue text to the right of the pear.

Join us for a series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection. This History Bites session featuring a deep dive into the collection vaults. History Bites is a free online event. Register in advance through Eventbrite (*link coming soon) to take part in the conversation from the comfort of home.

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January 2021

History Bites: Lay of the Land

January 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Photo of a pear with a bite taken out of it. The event title "History Bites" is in blue text to the right of the pear.

Join us for a series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection. This History Bites session featuring current exhibition, Lay of the Land. The exhibit orients visitors in time and place through an installation of maps, spanning time immemorial to present day. Lay of the Land invites all visitors to understand our complex relationship to the land, past and present, and to the place that we now call Guelph. History Bites is a free online event. Register…

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February 2021

History Bites: Guelph Circa 1999

February 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Photo of a pear with a bite taken out of it. The event title "History Bites" is in blue text to the right of the pear.

Join us for a series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection. This History Bites session featuring Guelph Circa 1999. Like entering a time capsule, visitors will discover Guelph of 20 years ago. Told through the stories of the people who spent time at The Bookshelf, a cultural hub in this city since 1973. Featuring portraits of Andy the Barber, Ian Findlay, Jaqueline Gilbey, Diego Hadarits, Ajay Heble, Tom King, Grant Love, Mark McAlpine, Fred Mollison, Harri Palm and Molly Kurvink, Fredericka Potvin, Ryan Price, Joan Rentoul, Tannis Slimmon, Emma…

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