Sep 012014

F979_6_30 Fairchild washer dryerThis month’s featured artifact is a common household appliance that we take for granted.    Earliest forms of doing laundry including pounding clothes on rocks and rubbing them with sand in local streams.  In some places, ashes that contained animal fat were used as washing soap.  Washing machines has come a long way since the scrub or washboard that was invented in the late 1700s.  Let us have a look into an early 20th century washing machine used by a local family.


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Aug 012014

F979_6_523 Harris trunkTravelling in the 19th and early part of the 20th century was much more different than what we experience today.  Many people travelled for extend periods away from home when going to boarding school or educational trips abroad.  Travelling chests or trunks needed to be more rugged and substantial to carry people’s personal belongings for several weeks as opposed to a weekend.  To learn about the person who owned this trunk please listen to this month’s podcast.


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Jul 012014

F2014_9_1_AshtrayJuly 2014 marks the 47th Anniversary of Montreal Expo 67, which occurred during the 100th birthday celebrations for the nation of Canada.  The Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition, a crown company, was created to build and run the exposition and involved partners from all three levels of government.  “Man and His World” was chosen as the central theme; Ile Ste-Hélène – a park located in the centre of St. Lawrence was expanded and the new island of Ile Notre-Dame was created to accommodate the site.  Tune into this month’s podcast to learn more about an artifact associated with this event.

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Jun 022014

F981_5_1a honey tinEvery June the Streetsville area of Mississauga hosts the Bread and Honey festival to celebrate its unique history and its ‘bread’ and ‘honey’ roots. William Couse (1859-1947) was important to the village’s history but was more than just a beekeeper; he was a pillar of the community. To learn more about this incredible man and all he accomplished, listen to this month’s podcast.

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May 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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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

SignpostF2012_26_4Every year on March 21, UNESCO celebrates World Poetry Day to ‘support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities’ (

In this month’s podcast, we feature the life of former Clarkson resident and famous Canadian poet Dorothy Livesay.

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Feb 012014


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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