Memories of Niagara

A joint Oral History Project from the Niagara Historical Society & Museum and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library

About the Project

Welcome to the Memories of Niagara Digital Exhibit.

This exhibit is a joint project between the Niagara Historical Society & Museum and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library. The exhibit features the stories of individuals who have lived in the Town and Township  of Niagara-on-the-Lake since the early 1900s. To date over 130 hours of digital recordings have been collected, please check back often as we continue to add new recordings to the site. If you or someone you know has stories, or memories they would like to have recorded by the Museum and added to this collection please contact us.

The Niagara Historical Society and Museum wishes to express thanks to all of the volunteers and interviewees who shared their time and memories with us! The Museum would also like to thank the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport who provided the funding necessary to develop this project!

Niagara Historical Society & Museum

Established in 1895, the Niagara Historical Society is dedicated to understanding the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The most important aspect of the work of the Society is the maintenance of the Museum collection which began in 1896 and is one of Ontario’s most important collections. Plan a visit to the Niagara Historical Society Museum to discover the unique stories of historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara on the Lake Public Library

On November 17, 1977, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library gained formal recognition as the first circulating library to be established in Upper Canada. In November of 2000, during the Library’s bicentennial year a new library facility was opened. Included in the new facility was the Janet Carnochan Collection, which was housed in the M.F. Jones Room following a donation from his son. Subsequently, the room has the M.F. Jones title above the French doors, of what is officially named the Niagara Historical Resource Centre. Since 2000, library membership has grown to over 10,322 members. (effective 2010)

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This is a sample of what we collect – explore the website pages to hear more recordings. 

Paul Bosc Jr. – A Final Reflection on Niagara-on-the-Lake (Audio Only)

9 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED MEETING AND CONVERSING WITH THE COORDINATOR MS HEATHER GEORGE, SUCH A WARM PERSONALITY MAKES IT SO EASY TO RELAX AND RECOUNT EXPLERIENCES AND SHARE FEELINGS ABOUT LIFE BOTH PAST AND PRESENT–ONLY SORRY THE INTERACTION WAS SO FLEETING..

  2. very well done for what I have looked at so far. Thanks

  3. Sarah Maloney is doing a great job here at the Museum

  4. Very nice, i liked the activity sheet and the box where you have to figure out where you put the key. Its really fun! I have never been to Niagara or Canada before so i like to see this. I just saw the dress up clothes and they look fun too!🙂 I am from Guernsey in the Channel Islands but like Canada too! My sister is at Brock here so we came over for a holiday!

  5. Great presentation…I find this fascinating

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  7. It would be wonderful if some of the old photos could be made available for us archival genealogy searching individuals. I have lived in NOTL since I was 6 years old… and would love to see some photos of the town in the early 1950-70s my childhood years. Are these available?

    • Hello Frieda!
      We have a large photo collection in our archives. These are not all available online (we are slowly working away at getting our collection online through our website but with over 40,000 artifacts and documents, this is a long process!). However, we do have all of our images digitized at the Museum and you are more than welcome to make an appointment to come by and search through our collection. Digital files are available to be purchased should you want a copy of any image for yourself.

      To book and appointment or for more information you can email us at contact@niagarahistorical.museum or call 905-468-3912. For your interest, you can also visit our website and search through the items we have online to date. By using the keyword search, you may find some items relating to your ancestors. http://niagarahistorical.pastperfect-online.com/33660cgi/mweb.exe?request=ks

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