“Richard Pierpoint and Lemuel Brown: Fight for Freedom” by Peter Meyler

Not even mountains of snow can stop the Historical Society! Thanks to our virtual meetings.

On February 25, 2021, Peter Meyler presented: “Richard Pierpoint and Lemuel Brown: Fight for Freedom.” A very timely subject for Black History Month.

This virtual meeting that was recorded and is available here and on YouTube:

January 28, 2021 Meeting – “Looking at the Early History of the Jewish Community in St. Catharines.”

Happy New Year from the Historical Society of St. Catharines!

As the pandemic carries on, so does the Historical Society.  But we are much more fun.

On January 28 starting at 7:30 p.m., local educator and author Dr. Howard Slepkov presented, “Looking at the Early History of the Jewish Community in St. Catharines.”  This talk stems from Dr. Slepkov’s recent publication of a book on this topic.  

This was a “Virtual Meeting” conducted via the ZOOM app. Here is a recording of this presentation.

Presentations – November to February 2020-2021

The presentations are back!

We have three virtual meetings lined up for November, January and February.  And more to come.

On November 26, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., Sarah King Head will be presenting on the history of Beaverdams including stories and characters that are from new archival resources.

This will be the Historical Society’s first “Virtual Meeting” conducted online via the app ZOOM. 

It’s a brave new world.  Thanks to everyone who worked hard to set this up.

Future meetings include: 

January 28, 2021, 7:30 pm – Howard Slepkov on the history of the Jewish community in St. Catharines.

February 25, 2021, 7:30 pm – Peter Meyler on Richard Pierpoint and Lemuel Brown.

There will be different links to these meetings in the coming months.

Historical Society meetings are cancelled for the immediate future

April 21, 2020

Dear members and friends of the Historical Society,

During this difficult time, your board would like to reach out to you with a few announcements as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in our various ways.

Not surprisingly, our next few meetings have been cancelled. Our March 26, 2020 general meeting did not take place. The April 23, 2020 AGM meeting has been postponed, and the May 28, 2020 and June 25, 2020 meetings have been cancelled. We hope to re-book our speakers at the earliest dates possible.

We are cautiously optimistic that our meetings might resume in September 2020. If so, then our annual general meeting could take place on September 24, 2020. Currently, we have a slate of presenters lined up for the fall months.

We will try to keep in touch with you regarding any updates, and our newsletter editor hopes to publish our May 2020 edition on time.

St. Catharines has weathered difficult times in our history and we have prevailed. We are all hoping and working toward the very best outcome.

In the meantime, we hope everyone will stay well. It will be interesting to compare experiences later. If you are keeping a COVID-19 diary, it will be part of our history.

Your HSSC board

Meetings – September 2019 to June 2020

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, 1932 Welland Canal Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario. Free admission. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., presentations begin at 7:30. Guests are welcome.

Lecture Program – September 2019 to June 2020. Programs are subject to change.

Thursday, September 26: Journalist and author Tiffany Mayer will talk about the evolution of fruit and farming in Niagara

Thursday, October 24: Lynda Wilson and Carol Dueck, Alumnis of the Mack Schools of Nursing, speaking on the history of the schools

Thursday, November 28: Historian Wes Turner speaking on Canada in the Great War and the effects on St. Catharines.

December: No HSSC meeting this month

Thursday, January 23: Annual Show and Tell meeting

Thursday, February 27: Don Alexander, former Regional Councillor, speaking on the history of the Regional Municipality of Niagara

Thursday, March 26: Sarah King Head, a historian with Heritage Thorold, will present on “Beaverdams and beyond” – CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, April 23: Dr. Steve Penfold of U. of T. author of “The Donut: A Canadian History” with emphasis on local donut history. – CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, May 28: To be confirmed – CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, June 25: To be confirmed – CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic