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Belgian horses

WCHS participated in the Centre Wellington Doors Open Even On June 17, 2017. We were located at the Rosedale Farm and spoke with visitors from as far away as Welland. Our booth was located in the historic barn overlooking the pasture housing the Belgium horses who were the models for the horses that were reproduced and are stabled in the Wellington County Museum barn.

Wellington County Historical Society booth at Rosedale Farm

Sara Dix and WCHS president Ron Hattle.

This years winner of the David Beattie History Award is Sara Dix from Fergus. WCHS president Ron Hattle presented the award to the graduating student at the Centre Wellington District High School Graduation Ceremony, held on Thurs, June 29, 2017. As well as the cash award, Sara was also presented with this year’s History Journal – Vol. 30.

2017 executive with a Canada 150 flag

Members of the Wellington County Historical Society board, elected at the annual general meeting on June 5, 2017. Left to right: Ron Hattle, Helen Aitken, Ev Robson, Ian Easterbrook, Bev Henderson, Kathy Bouma, Willa Wick and Cindi Rabstein. Absent from photo: Judy Howard.

The guest speaker at the AGM was Elske deGroot, photographer.  Elske presented visuals (slide presentation and framed photographs) and spoke on the disappearing barns in rural Ontario’s landscape.  Her objective was to photograph as many barns as possible before they fall down or are torn down.

Elske deGroot

Writers Contest – Award Winners 2017 Topic ‘Canada’s 150th – What It Means To Me’

Back row: 1st place - adult category – Silvana Sangiuliano, Belwood. Front row (L-R): Jonah Doupe, Belwood – 3rd place –Youth categary ; Joshua Doupe, Belwood – 1st place – Youth category; and presenter Willa Wick.
Heather Gregory, Rockwood receiving her 2nd place (adult) certificate from presenter Willa Wick.
Caroline Sealey, Alma, receiving her 3rd place (adult) certificate from presenter Willa Wick.
Kate Wadsworth, Elora receiving her 2nd place (youth) certificate from presenter Willa Wick.

The Wellington County Historical Society is pleased to announce our 2017 Writing Contest. This year's topic is Canada's 150th -- What it Means to Me.

Is it pioneers, clothing style changes, progression of farming practices, evolution of forest to cities, decades of various government leaders, entertainment, how money has changed, diversity of a population, memories of 1967, or stories your grandpa used to tell you about the “good ol’ days”? What does Canada’s 150th conjure up in your mind? Tell us your story.

  • the competition is open to all ages in both youth and adult categories
  • your story should be 500 – 2000 words in length
  • typed double spaced submissions are preferred but handwritten is acceptable
  • include your name, full address, telephone number and email address on a separate sheet
  • all entries become the property of the Wellington County Historical Society and will be stored at the Wellington County Archives (and on-line) for all to enjoy
  • winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on June 5th, 2017 at which time cash awards will be presented in both youth and adult categories

For information phone: (519) 546-3450
Deadline for receipt of entries: April 15th, 2017
email entries to: (preferred)
2017 Writing Contest
Wellington County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5, Fergus Ont. N1M 2W7

View the 2017 Writing Contest Poster (PDF)

Large number of students posed on the front steps of the Wellington County MuseumThe WCHS sponsored the Local History Day hosted by the Wellington Museum & Archives staff on November 4, 2016.  This event was in memory of Steve Revell, past board member of our society and a history teacher from Erin Public School.  Approximately 70+ students attended from Elora Public School.  The day consisted of touring the museum and archives (plus a tour of the back rooms where all the works takes place),  talks and discussions and workshops.  Thanks to the museum and staff for hosting this informative event for our young students.

Tatjana ZumbachThis is Tatjana Zumbach from Erin District High School, winner of the Arthur Brecken Visual Art Award. This award is to a graduating student who has demonstrated a passion and commitment to visual arts in the school and community and who is pursuing a career or post-secondary studies in visual arts. Presented at the EDHS Commencement ceremony on October 6, 2016, the award is in celebration of Arthur Brecken, who was a local artist and teacher.  (Sponsored by the Wellington County Historical Society & the EDHS Art Council).


Deborah Whale, Ron Hattle and Katherine MacDonald in front of the wall of fame portrait gallery.On September 25, 2016 at the Wellington County Museum & Archives Harvest Home Festival the Wellington County Historical Society unveiled its newest inductee, Deborah Whale, to its Wall of Fame.  Deborah Whale was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame earlier this year and the original portrait hangs in their Hall of Fame at the Guelph headquarters.   As a tribute to any inductee coming from from Wellington County, the historical society and its partners place a reproduction portrait on the wall at the Wellington County Museum & Archives.  Deborah was nominated by the Poultry Industry Council for her immeasurable contribution to the agricultural industry.  Deborah along with her husband and 2 sons run a successful dairy and poultry business near Alma in Wellington County.  The farm is in its 7th generation of continuous farming.   In the photo (left to right) : Deborah Whale, WCHS President Ron Hattle and Katherine MacDonald, a Director on the board of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association.   Deborah’s portrait sits along side her father George Edwin Jones who was inducted in 2006.

Currently (and until the end of August 2016) is a display of "Antique Bikes and Vintage Trikes" at the Harriston Library. On Thursday evening, August 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (3rd floor library), the collector Glen Norcliffe of Kincardine will give a presentation on the evolution of the bicycle from the early 1800s.