Newsletters

The Historical Society of St. Catharines newsletters are not only a platform for well researched articles about the city’s history, but also a historical document of the Society itself. Thoughtfully written and edited by Society members past and present, there is a lot to be discovered within. Enjoy!

The current year’s newsletters are provided to members of the Historical Society when these are published. The preceding years’ newsletters are archived here from the most current to the earliest in pdf format. When available, a table of contents for each issue follows the download link. There is also an index to topics covered in earlier issues from 1991-2010 completed by Paul Lewis.

To become a member of the Historical Society, fill out the form that can be found here.

  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: At Brock University – by Bill Stevens
  • The Statue Erected To The Memory Of Private Alexander Watson – by John Brenton
  • The Influenza Pandemic Reaches St. Catharines 1918 – by Elizabeth Finnie
  • Port Dalhousie Passenger Steamers: Lincoln – by Roger Bradshaw
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: Welland Canals Trail George Nicholson Trail Section – by Bill Stevens
  • Port Dalhousie Passenger Steamers: Lakeside – by Roger Bradshaw
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: The UEL Association of Canada Memorial Boulder – by Bill Stevens
  • Port Dalhousie Passenger Steamers: Empress of India – by Roger Bradshaw
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: Plaques in the Bill Burgoyne Memorial Arena – by Bill Stevens
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: Louis Shickluna – by Bill Stevens
  • Postcards From Port Dalhousie – by John Burniak & Roger Bradshaw
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: Plaque Honouring Richard Pierpoint – by Bill Stevens
  • Strangers, Kidnappings and St. Catharines, or, Beware of the Candy Man – by Brian Narhi
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta – by Bill Stevens
  • The Mysterious Mr. Raffles – by Brian Narhi
  • 175 Interesting Things To See In St. Catharines: The First Welland Canal at Port Dalhousie – by Bill Stevens
  • Abstinence And Active Pleasure – by Elizabeth Finnie
  • St. Catharines Newspapers – by John Brenton
  • 88th Anniversary Of The Opening Of The Fourth Welland Canal – by Roger Bradshaw
  • The Ships Behind The Story – by John Brenton
  • Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial – by John Brenton
  • Reimagining – The Brown Homestead – by Jennifer Humeniuk
  • Welcome To St. Catharines: Signs Of Our Times – by Gail Benjafield
  • Salem Chapel: A Contemporary History – by Gail Benjafield
  • Peanuts, Popcorn… And Chardonnay? – by Elizabeth Finnie
  • From The Archives – A poem by Fred Parnell, 1927
  • 1088 Lakeshore Road – by Brian Narhi
  • Catharine Welland Merritt and Oak Hill – by Elizabeth Finnie
  • Donation of a local history book: 1841 Report on the Welland Canal – by Elizabeth Finnie and Brian Narhi
  • St. Catharines in 1876 (Third Installment) – by John Burtniak
  • St. Catharines in 1876 (Second Installment) – by John Burtniak
  • A Confederate Lived Among Us – by Gail Benjafield
  • St. Catharines in 1876 (First Installment) – by John Burtniak
  • Welland Canal Facts – by Des Corran
  • The King’s Speech: An Account of a (Very Brief) Royal Visit to St. Catharines – by Dave Willer
  • Oh, What a Lovely War! The Coverage of the Opening Days of the Great War in the St. Catharines Standard – Dave Willer
  • St. Catharines in 1876 – John Burtniak
  • History Of Welcome Signs in St. Catharines – by Gail Benjafield
  • St. Catharines Industrialist Lachlan Ebenezer McKinnon – by Bill Stevens
  • The Decou House in the War of 1812 – by John Burtniak
  • St. Catharines in 1846 – by John Burtniak
  • Passing of Alun Owen Hughes – by John Burtniak
  • Past President Gordon Cline Merritt – by Bill Stevens
  • Canada’s Heroes, Heroines and Saviours in the War of 1812: A Reconsideration – by Wesley Turner
  • Korean War Honour Roll
  • Following Howard Engel’s Footsteps – by Elizabeth Finnie
  • Past President Charles Ashton Hesson – by Bill Stevens
  • Brock University Campus Map of 1822 – by Alun Hughes
  • Following in Laura’s Footsteps – by Alun Hughes
  • Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting
  • The Fisherman’s Path – by Alun Hughes
  • Special War of 1812 Edition
  • Where Did Brock Fall? – by Alun Hughes
  • Queen’s Plate in St. Catharines – by Bill Stevens
  • Yesterday and Today – Church Street in the 1860’s – by Dennis Gannon
  • Who Was Eugenie Hibbard – by Elizabeth Finnie with Susan Armbrust Suk
  • Laura Secord and the Prince of Wales – by Alun Hughes
  • Past President Sheila M. Wilson – by Elizabeth Finnie
  • St. Catharines and the War of 1812 Bicentennial – by Brian Narhi
  • History Detectives and the Parachuting Dog – by Elizabeth Finnie and Dennis Gannon
  • Secord, Servos and Niagara’s First Mills – by Alun Hughes
  • Past President Wesley B. Turner – by Bill Stevens
  • Darby Family Plaque – by Brian Narhi
  • Yesterday and Today – The Welland House Hotel – by Dennis Gannon
  • How Brock’s Shoulder Got To Brock – by Alun Hughes
  • Heritage Anniversaries of 2011
  • Harriet Tubman and the BME Church
  • Porter Adams and Grape Growing in Niagara – by Alun Hughes
  • The Sons of William Hamilton Merritt – by John Burtniak
  • The Women’s Literary Club of St. Catharines – by Bill Stevens
  • Johann Schiller: Father of Canadian Wine? – by Alun Hughes
  • 80th Anniversary of the Opening of the Fourth Welland Canal – November 22, 1930 – by Roger Bradshaw
  • The American Surrender at Beaverdams – by Alun Hughes

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