Apr 012014
 

Fuze Timer2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One while the month of April marks the 97th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This famous battle during was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together as one formation during a battle and was successful in capturing it from the German army. It was fought in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France against divisions of the German Sixth Army. More than 10,000 Canadians were killed and wounded during the battle that occurred on April 9th until April 12th. A portion of the former Vimy Ridge battleground has been persevered as a memorial park and is home to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

This month we will look at an interesting artifact that belonged to a local Clarkson man who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

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Mar 012014
 

F2013_2_29 boy scout photp The Scouting tradition started in 1907 when Lt. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell took a group of boys camping in United Kingdom; scouting in Canada soon began shortly after.  The Boy Scouts have a long history in promoting independence and leadership in young boys with Scouts Canada celebrating its Centennial in 2007.  This month’s podcast connects one of the younger members of the Harris – Sayers family who was part of the First Boy Scout Troop in Clarkson. 

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Feb 012014
 

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Every year the Credit River freezes over creating a skating and hockey rink for locals of the Port Credit and Clarkson area. A hundred years ago though before the invention of the refrigerator, the Credit River would have been bustling with workers harvesting ice for local families and businesses. The invention of the refrigerator caused this winter job to fade out but this month’s artifact is a reminder of the workers who used to provide ice for the locals of Toronto Township.

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Dec 022013
 

F2009_16_4 sledSledding 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.

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Nov 042013
 

F2005_5_1 mazo's diaryDiaries 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.

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Oct 072013
 

F2008_12_50 Pinchin apple crateAreas 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.

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Sep 012013
 

F2007_5_1 organ pipesSoon 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.

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Aug 012013
 

Gas throttle assembly 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. 

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Jul 012013
 

F2010_8_1The 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’. 

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