Events

•Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7:30pm

Admission is $4 per person or free for DVHS members.

Dundas Museum and Archives – 139 Park St W

Thursday, February 14th 2019Rockton World Fair

Since All the World Comes to Visit”: A History of Rockton Agricultural Society and the World’s Fair

After a successful Fair, host Andrew Kernighan and a group of newspaper men reminisced about the 1878 show, all agreeing that there was no finer a fair in the province of Ontario. Jokingly, Jane Kernighan said it should be called the World’s Fair since all the world comes to visit. The newspaper editors and journalists agreed and the next day each of the newspapers titled the show “The World’s Fair at Rockton.”

While fair-goers today are no longer witness to contests such as “Best Head of Hair” or “Oldest Married Couple,” they can still enjoy agricultural displays, world-class livestock, heavy horse demonstrations, interactive educational exhibits, a thrilling midway, and delicious food. The Rockton World’s Fair has been an integral part of Hamilton and Southern Ontario history dating all the way back to the mid 1800’s.

In this presentation, learn about the history of the Rockton Agricultural Society. Discover the men and women, united by their livelihoods, their heritage in a rural community, and passion for country, education, and agriculture. Find out how the society started, developed, and evolved into one of the oldest and most successful agricultural societies in the province. Learn what an agricultural society does, discover all the community events they sponsor and host (in addition to the annual fair!), and meet all the characters that volunteer hours and hours of their time.



Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30pm

Admission is $4 per person or free for DVHS members.•

Dundas Museum and Archives – 139 Park St W

West Hamilton- 150 Years of Pride

Bamberger’s Farm. Binkley. Emerson. Broadway. Bowman. Ward. Holmes. Stroud. These and many other place names help evoke the rich history of the community of West Hamilton.

Originally part of Ancaster Township, West Hamilton rose from open farmland to become a small village quietly nestled between the Town of Dundas and the City of Hamilton. It formerly straddled the Hamilton and Dundas Radial Line that provided a link for residents to those neighboring communities.

Prior to it becoming a village, the land was owned by Samuel Bamberger whose family farmed it for 100 years. In 1908, the Burke Real Estate Co. bought it for its potential as a residential area.

The community gradually grew around St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, which had been built by some early residents in 1909. It was located south of the Hamilton and Dundas Stone Road, which is now Main Street West, and across from the Forsyth Farm, now the campus of McMaster University.

In 1930, West Hamilton was formally annexed by the City of Hamilton.

Barb Bambi remembers the area well, because she lived there. Barb, who is Recording Secretary of the Dundas Valley Historical Society, has assembled her research and her own memories of the community for her presentation “West Hamilton: 150 Years of Pride”. Among the sources she consulted was the book “West Hamilton a Village and a Church”, written in 1990 by David Jardine, who grew up in the community, and was a former local educator.

Barb will focus on the development of West Hamilton from the late 18th Century to mid 20th Century.

The presentation takes place on Thursday March 14 at 7:30 pm at the Dundas Museum and Archives located at 139 Park Street West in downtown Dundas.

 

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Admission is $4 per person or free for DVHS members.•

Dundas Museum and Archives – 139 Park St W

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