Meetings and Events

All EHS meetings are open to the public at no charge!

Upcoming  Meetings 

Wed. Nov. 9, 2022     THE TOWN OF GEORGETOWN                                                     The centenary of the Town of Georgetown  and the eve of Georgetown’s bi-centennial will be explored by local historian John Mark Rowe.   KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

December  2022        No public meeting is held in December.

Wed. Jan. 11, 2022     HERITAGE HALTON HILLS                                                             Updates on the recently designated buildings in Halton Hills will be given by Heritage Halton Hills members John Mark Rowe and Ray Denny.     KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Past Speakers and Events 

Wed. Oct. 12, 2022     TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT AND PROHIBITION                                                                                  IN HALTON COUNTY                                                            The evils of drink and prohibition victory of the Temperance movement in Halton County will be explored by local historian John McDonald. The benefits and consequences of this period will be examined.     KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Sept. 14, 2022     THE QUEEN OF WALKING TOURS                                        Queen Victoria, arriving at the Grand  Trunk Station, would have enjoyed this tour of the historic street named in her honour!  Join EHS historian John Mark Rowe as we explore the architecture and people that helped shape Queen Street since it was laid out in 1854.                    GEORGETOWN GO STATION parking lot, 55 Queen Street, Georgetown  7:00 P.M.

Fri. July 1, 2022     GLEN WILLIAMS WALKING TOUR – Canada Day celebrations return to the Glen this year. Join John Mark Rowe for a walking tour of Main Street, lasting just over an hour — you’ll be able to return to your favourite perch in time to watch the parade go by.      WILLIAMS MILL parking lot,  515 Main St., Glen Williams   10:00 A.M.

Wed. June 8, 2022     WALKING TOUR – PIONEER CEMETERY AND                                                                                                              PROSPECT PARK                                                 We will meet in the parking lot at the front of the Dufferin Centre at Prospect Park, 30 Park Avenue, Acton in  Acton. It is an early starting time.  –   7:00 PM

Wed. May 11, 2022   AMUSEMENT PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS IN HALTON       Perhaps Halton is not at the top of the list in people’s imaginations if the question is asked “Where might the local population find fun things to do with their leisure time?” But with a little reflection, a rather long list of sites that have offered some form of recreation can be developed. Not surprisingly, the type of recreation that has been offered has changed over the last nearly 180 years. Bill McIlveen will review the variety of activities that have been available to take our attention away from the  more mundane working-day life.                                                           KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. April 13, 2022      HALTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE & GAOL                                 Sensational trials and public hangings put the Halton County courthouse and gaol in the spotlight. Lawyers, judges and clerks worked at the Milton Courthouse since it opened in 1855. What stories those walls can tell!  John McDonald will regale us with some tales at our spring meeting.                  Knox Presbyterian Church,  116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. March 9, 2022      LIMEHOUSE HERITAGE                                                             Heritage Halton Hills members John Mark Rowe and Ray Denny will update members on the latest Heritage endeavours and will focus on heritage in Limehouse, especially recent designations.              KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. February 9, 2022   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING                                              This will be an in-person meeting at Knox Church at 7:30 p.m.?  Proof of vaccine and wearing a mask will be required. There will be a maximum 35 people. No refreshments will be served.  A microphone and speaker will be used to aid in hearing due to wearing a mask.

Wed. January 12, 2022        CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Wed. November 10, 2021     RECENTLY POSTED LOCAL HISTORY                           The November newsletter will feature links to several on-line
presentations featuring local history. You may, of course, view these
items at your leisure or on our usual meeting date!                                                                            We will not meet in person. Your place! 

Wed. October 13, 2021    TRAINING HOMES FOR JUVENILES                                Local historian Mark Rowe will provide an introduction to the
philosophy of training homes for young people, that were established
in Georgetown.  Beginning with the unique experiment of bringing
Armenian refugees to Cedarvale, the talk will also explore the
Bernardo Boys,  Cedarvale School for Girls, Notre Dame de
Beauregard and the Canadian Jewish Farm School. Bring your lawn
chair, blanket and umbrella?? as we gather in the new Library Plaza.
A speaker system will be used.
GEORGETOWN LIBRARY, 
9 Church Street at 6:30 p.m 

Wed. 8th September 2021    WALKING TOUR OF GEORGETOWN                           Join local historian Mark Rowe on a walking tour of downtown
Georgetown. We will gather in the new public square at the
Georgetown Library.  A speaker system will allow for greater
distancing between walkers.
GEORGETOWN LIBRARY,  9 Church Street, 7:00 p.m.

Wed. 11th March 2020   A SHADOW OF ITS FORMER SELF:                                                                         MONO MILLS IN THE 19TH CENTURY    Today Mono Mills is a small hamlet that barely garners the attention of those who pass through it. However, in the 19th century Mono Mills was a busy village that played and instrumental role in the settlement of the Headwaters Region. Kurt McMurray will trace the history of Mono Mills from its origins in 1819 to its decline in the 1890’s, stopping at all the colourful moments along the way.

Wed. 12th Feb. 2020   VINTAGE ACTON: THE CALENDAR COLLECTION Anne McIntyre will present slides and stories from a historical book published this year to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the naming of Acton. ‘Vintage Acton: the Calendar Collection’ was created on behalf of Heritage Acton drawing on the articles written for their annual historical calendar for the years 2003 to 2019.  Anne is looking forward to the sharing of stories from those who are able to attend.                                                             KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 8th Jan. 2020    DISCOVER THE TOWN’S NEW TOUR PROGRAM
Catherine McLeod, Senior Arts and Culture Specialist with the Town of Halton Hills will present the Town’s new self-guided tour program ‘Discover the Hills’. Pilot tours of Glen Williams and Acton will be presented for discussion and input.
KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 13th Nov. 2019    EVENTS THAT CHANGED ESQUESING TOWNSHIP
Several members of the executive of the EHS will explore events that affected the people of Esquesing over the past 200 years of our history. The plank roads, 1837 Rebellion, Coming of the Railways, WWI, WWII and Regional Government are examples of events to be discussed.
KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 9th Oct. 2019     THE SETTLEMENTS OF ESQUESING TOWNSHIP
Ray Denny will continue the 200th anniversary celebration by exploring the settlements of the Township from Crewson’s Corners to Whaley’s Corners! What commodity did each community contribute to the economy of the Township?
ACTON TOWN HALL, 19 Willow Street, North, Acton, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 11th Sept. 2019    THE EARLY YEARS OF ESQUESING TOWNSHIP
John Mark Rowe begins the celebration of 200 years of settlement by exploring the pre-history, survey and first years of settlement in Esquesing township with a short walk and slide show in the cradle of Esquesing’s history.
ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 10996 Trafalgar Road, Stewarttown, 7 pm

Wed. 12th June, 2019   WALKING TOUR OF ACTON                                          A section of downtown Acton will be explored on foot under the direction of historian John Mark Rowe. Highlights will include the Town Hall Centre, McKinnon Funeral Home, Acton Optical, Moorecroft, St. Joseph’s Church and the post office. Wear walking shoes!
ACTON TOWN HALL CENTRE, 19 Willow Street North, Acton, 7:00 p.m.

Wed. 8th May, 2019   LOST HERITAGE TREASURES                                            Esquesing has been prosperous and growing throughout its 200-year history which means many buildings have come and gone. EHS executive members have selected several properties in our collection that have been demolished. Reminiscences on these properties scattered across the township will be welcome!                                                                                KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St. S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 10th April, 2019        THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF PETER JONES                  Peter Jones was a free-lance photographer in Georgetown who provided photographs for The Georgetown Herald for many years. EHS Archivist, John Mark Rowe, will share a selection of his pieces from our own photo archives.   KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St. S., Georgetown,  7:30 p.m.

Wed. 13th March, 2019        NOTABLE  TREES  IN HALTON                                Bill McIlveen will take us on a tour of notable trees scattered throughout Halton that have noticeable physical characteristics, special cultural significance or a combination of both.     KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St. S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 13th Feb., 2019      THE EXCHANGE HOTEL       Local railway historian Jim Waldbusser will share his extensive research into the Exchange Hotel, across from the Georgetown VIA Rail/ GO station.  Come and hear about the long and illustrious history of this landmark and the planned future for the 165 year old structure.                                     KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S., Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 9th Jan., 2019    DESIGNATED HOMES IN HALTON HILLS               Drawing from the Heritage Register compiled by Heritage Halton Hills, John Mark Rowe and Ray Denny will give a pictorial history of the designated buildings currently used as private residences throughout Halton Hills.     KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 116 Main St., S. Georgetown, 7:30 p.m.