Mark on your calendar: Thursday, March 12, 2020 to attend
“The Burlington Ship Canal Lighthouse & Keeper’s Cottage”
The stone lighthouse at the Burlington Ship Canal has been standing for 161 years to guide ships into the canal. This lighthouse replaced an earlier structure that burned down in 1856. Together with its adjacent keeper’s cottage, these two buildings are the oldest still-standing structures on Hamilton’s “Beach Strip.”
Dundasian Stewart Patch will tell us the history of these buildings and their relationship with the nearby railway bridges that crossed the canal in this location. He’ll also talk about the present efforts of the Beach Canal Lighthouse Group to preserve these buildings and make them accessible again to the public. This is the third Speakers Night of 2020.
Presentation 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Members Free, Guests $4.00 pp
Mark on your calendar: Thursday, April 9, 2020 to attend
“A Railway History of Niagara on the Lake 1854 – 1959”
Before gaining recognition as a tourist destination, Niagara on the Lake was a notable railway town with both a steam powered railroad as well as an interurban electric line. Both railways had their own separate, parallel tracks running through the centre of the town. This an account of investment and change, of which, virtually nothing can be seen today. The presentation will explore the beginnings of the railway dating back to 1854 and the resulting economic and strategic benefits it had for travel, tourism, industry, agriculture and the military up until its closure in 1959. Others topics such as railway safety, construction and equipment will be included and the presentation will utilize period maps and many black and white photographs.