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Heritage Matters in Burlington

by Guest Writer

Our lovely city of Burlington has a rich heritage-structural, oral and cultural. If you’re looking to learn more about your community and its local heritage, there are some great opportunities happening all month long. Take some time in February to explore all the events happening in celebration of Heritage Month and Black History Month in Burlington.  The celebrations have grown from a one day Heritage Fair to a month-long series of events held across the city.

Historic Homes

Take a walking tour of Downtown Burlington with Alan Harrington on Feb. 2 at 10:45 a.m. We start at the Tourism Burlington Visitor Centre at 414 Locust St, rain or shine, for a lively informative tour. Dress appropriately for the weather!historic photo Brant St. heritage in burlington

Join local historian Gary Evans on Feb. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Burlington Central Library for a walk down memory lane and reminisce about Brant Street.

freighter passing under lift bridge next to lighthouse

The Beach Canal Lighthouse Group will have a display at Central Library starting on Feb. 1 and their monthly meeting is on Feb. 10 in the Holland Room at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend and learn about the plans for this historic building.

Also on Feb. 12, at 7 pm join the Royal Botanical Gardens Head of Science Dr. David Galbraith at Burlington Public Library who will be speaking on the cultural landscapes of the RBG. 

Rob Green- Director

The Burlington Historical Society opens its doors for its monthly meeting on Feb.11 at the Central Library at 7 pm for those who would like to hear speaker Rob Green, of the Ontario Black History Society.


Visit Ireland House Museum for a Family Day Open House on Feb. 18, 1-4 pm. Participants can look forward to exploring the Ireland family home, lemon shortbread cookie demonstrations and sampling by the hearth and creating a family keepsake craft.  Cost is $15/family  (2 adults and up to 4 children) and no pre-registration is required.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre with public art Stella at front entrance

For the first time Heritage Month is offering a free concert at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Fiddler, Singer, and Composer Anne Lederman will be performing with folksinger, songwriter and instrumentalist Ian Bell on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Event is free however you must register in advance at the box office.

Freeman Station Diorama model train station and teaching tool

The Freeman Station is hosting a diorama show on Feb. 16 at the station located on 3023 New St. (next to the Central Fire Station). Showtimes are 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon. Now that the Lower Level of the Burlington Junction Station is almost complete, a dedicated team of Friends of Freeman Station volunteers has begun assembling a unique and special model railway and a historic diorama depicting life in the village of Freeman in the early 1900s.  The teaching diorama recaptures the nostalgia of the times, depicting early Twentieth-century bucolic life in Freeman, now a part of the Burlington.

Central Library is always a busy spot during Heritage month with everything from films (Show Girls) to Don Giovani (SOLO) to Genealogy Club to Samurai Sword Making.  This year local heritage organizations and groups will set up displays on the second floor throughout the month. On Thursday’s at 2 pm. the Burlington History room will open its doors and feature a speaker each week; Feb 7 – Pauline Grondin on Indigenous farm workers of Aldershot: Feb 14 Joan Downey on Pioneer Families; and Feb. 28 Zig Misiak on Joseph Brant.  

Did you know that the Art Gallery of Burlington has family open studio on Sundays from 1-4pm?  Bring family and friends to AGB’s FREE drop-in art studio in the GWD Foundation for Kids’ Creative Hub. Facilitators offer ideas as sources of inspiration to encourage visitors to engage with art and craft making.  (Children must be accompanied by parents or adult caregivers.)


For more details check the Burlington Post on Jan 31 for the Burlington Heritage Month Insert or go to the Burlington Library site for all the dates and times.

Heritage Does Matter!

by Martha Hemphill UE

Chair, Burlington Heritage Month Committee


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