Memories of Niagara

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

More Memories

The original aim of this project was to document the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake (including the villages amalgamated in 1970) from 1950-1970 covering various topics, collecting new images and preserving local stories and memories. It grew to include previous recordings made by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library as well as older recordings from the Museum’s collection. The project currently includes over 150 hours of digital recordings and transcriptions completed by museum volunteers spanning sixty years from 1920-1980. Those stories that did not fit into the main categories of the exhibit are gathered here.

The S.S. Cayuga

One of the fondest memories people from the Niagara Region share is of the Cayuga steam ship which traversed the route between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto daily carrying passengers, vehicles and fruit. During the war years it was used to bring troops to Camp Niagara to train for military service.

Mike Dietsch – The  S.S. Cayuga

Earl Muir – The Cayuga (Audio Only)

Sigmund Smith – Summer Activities, Cayuga, Swimming (Audio Only)

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Childhood and Teenage Years Spent in Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Cosmo Condina – Being a Teenager in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Audio Only)

Dan McCarthy – Children in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Audio Only)

Margaret Jennings – Children in the 1930s (Audio Only)

Ruth Boulton – Rural Childhood (Audio Only)

Terry Boulton – Youth Activities (Audio Only)

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The Niagara Institute 

Terry Mactaggart – The Niagara Institute (Audio Only)

Calvin Rand – The Niagara Institute (Audio Only)

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The Fire Department and Police Services

Gerald Whittaker – The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department 1 (Audio Only)

Gerald Whittaker – The Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department 2 (Audio Only)

Butch Grimwood – Police in Niagara on the Lake (Audio Only)

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The Niagara River 

Norm Howe – Margarita Howe  and Water Protection (Audio Only)

Terry Boulton – Ice Jams (Audio Only)

Pat and Fred Connolly – The Ice Jam of 1955 (Audio Only)

Margaret Jennings – 1920s Prohibition and Smuggling Across the River (Audio Only)

Earl Muir – Ice Jams (Audio Only)

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Even More Memories 

Harry Huizer – Shepherd Boats, Niagara Home Bakery, Baseball, Boy-scouts 

Alexander Wall – Trapping (Audio Only)

Al Derbyshire – Ice Delivery and Winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake (Audio Only)

Terry Boulton – The Train (Audio Only)

Ruth Boulton – Thanksgiving and Special Foods (Audio Only)

Hope Bradley – Parades, Dances and the Dock (Audio Only)

Henry Wiens – The Niagara Credit Union (Audio Only)

Doug Garrett – Childhood, Livestock and the Radio (Audio Only)

Dan McCarthy – Fidel Castro and Politics (Audio Only)

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2 thoughts on “More Memories

  1. Absolutely fabulous. Jim

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