Sledding has long been a favourite pastime of children all around the world who get to experience colder and snowier climates. When snow starts to fall, they line up to slide down hills and paths. This month’s artifact is a particularly ingenious sled from 1912 which was used by many happy children from the Mississauga area. To learn more about the sled and the man who created it, tune in to this month’s podcast.
Diaries offer glimpses into the personal lives of private people. They tell how these people lived, what they liked to do, and so much more. Canadian author Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961) did not reveal much about herself or about her family to the public. To learn more about a diary that remains in the collection that contains snippets of information on what she did and who she spent time with please tune into this month’s podcast.
Areas all over Mississauga were once covered in fruit orchards and apples were one of the main crops produced by Mississauga farmers up until the early part of the 21st century. The legacy of the apple is seen in the names of streets and subdivisions in the city such as Applewood, Orchard Road, Courtland Crescent, and Melton Drive. To learn more about Mississauga’s apple growing past, listen to this month’s podcast.
Soon after their invention in the Middle Ages, organs became mainstays for much classical, sacred, and secular music, making it a must-have for most churches, synagogues, and other large public buildings. This month’s featured artifacts are three pipes from St. Andrew’s Memorial church. To learn more about these pipes, the company that built them, and the church they were built for listen to this month’s podcast.
Malton, located in the northeastern part of Mississauga, is home to the largest and busiest airport in Canada. The area was first settled in 1820 with a focus on agriculture during its first 100 years. It wasn’t until before the Second World War that the area experienced a great change. The village was chosen to be the site of a new airport and thus began its focus on aircraft manufacturing. This month’s podcast connects with Malton’s aviation history and tells the story of how it played its part during the war effort in Canada.
The City of Mississauga is now home to over 54,000 businesses and the City ranks as one of the largest head office centres within Canada. The Township of Toronto began as an agricultural rural based township and has evolved over the years into a world class city attracting profitable businesses and leaders. This month’s podcast focuses on one such business which was prominent in the Dixie area of Mississauga and part of the ‘Dixie Industrial Park’.
The summer months have always been a popular time for wedding celebrations; especially the month of June. The goddess Juno, whom the month of June is named after was the protector of women. Part of the month’s popularity for celebrations came from the fact that it was considered good luck for women to get married or give birth in June. Summer was also a time for annual festivals that took advantage of nice weather and the arrival of new crops and flowers to be used for those celebrations. This dress was worn by a female descendant of the Gooderham family of the famed distillers Gooderham and Worts. To learn about the love story of the woman from Meadowvale who wore this dress listen to this month’s podcast.
Long before the city of Mississauga was incorporated, or Toronto Township was formed, Native Canadians lived throughout the area that is present day Mississauga. The Credit River provided transportation, water and a place to hunt for food for the Natives, which explains the projectile point archaeologists found some 5000 years later on the banks of the Credit. The point which dates to around 3000 BCE could have been used for hunting or warfare and could be attached to an arrow or a spear. To learn more about this weapon from Mississauga’s past check out this month’s podcast.
This chain may look like the type of chain you might have in your garage or one that could easily be picked up at a home improvement store, but it is actually a precise measuring tool. Used in land surveying, chains like this were vital in measuring and marking property lines. These were especially important during the founding of the area, as properties could be hundreds of acres. This specific chain’s origins are somewhat of a mystery, but it has ties to a family who has been in Mississauga since the 1830’s. To hear the story of the chain, it’s purpose and it’s relation to Mississauga check out this month’s podcast.
This beautiful bowl comes from a true Clarkson institution, The Blue Dragon Inn. The inn was a Clarkson mainstay for over 25 housing the likes of signer Frances James and author Mazo de la Roche. The Inn was independently owned by and run by 3 women. A crucial waypoint between Hamilton and Toronto, the inn tells interesting stories, not just about the people who stayed there but about the incredible women that ran it. To hear the story of the women, the inn and this bowl check out this month’s podcast.