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Events at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

St. Catharines Family History Workshops, 2017-2018

Family History Workshops

The St. Catharines Family History Workshops will offer the tools and resources St. Catharines residents need to gather, share, and preserve their family's story. The series of four workshops will be hands-on activity based and led by Museum collections and programming staff. 

Participants are asked to bring a family photograph or small object to each workshop for the activities. 

Each workshop is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. 

To register, or for more information, please visit  ePlay or contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email at 

A Picture Says 1000 Words: Family Photographs

Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am-12pm

This workshop will teach participants how to analyze family photographs to gather historical information. Activities will provide tools to help participants identify people, places, and  events in family photographs. Participants will also learn how to date photographs.

 Telling it Like it is: Oral Histories

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 10am-12pm 

This workshop will provide participants with resources and tools to conduct oral histories with family members. Topics will include the types of questions to ask, types of recording tools (written, audio, video etc.), and how to preserve oral histories for future generations. 

Preservation Techniques: Making Memories Last

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, 10am-12pm 

This workshop will teach participants how to care for and preserve their family heirlooms and keepsakes. Topics will include caring for textiles, silver, coins, artwork, among others. The workshop will include demonstrations to teach specific techniques. 

A Guide to Archives, Maps & City Directories

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10am-12pm 

This workshop will teach participants how to use archival records, maps, and city directories to find missing pieces in their family stories. This workshop will provide tools and resources to help participants effectively use these historical sources in their family history research.

Mitten Tree Campaign Launch - Saturday, Nov. 25, 10am-3pm

Mitten Tree

On Saturday, November 25, the St. Catharines Museum kicks-off our annual Mitten Tree Campaign in support of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold and Out of the Cold. We are celebrating the start of the holiday season and giving back to the community with a day of fun, family-friendly activities.

Bring your knitting needles and learn how to knit, enjoy our hot chocolate station, and craft a handmade gift for a special someone. We are also offering a special Mixed Media Memories workshop for families in partnership with Junior Creative Writers.

Our Mitten Tree Campaign launch runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm. 

The Mitten Tree at the St. Catharines Museum accepts winter clothing donations through to January 7, 2018. All donated winter woolies (hats, mits, scarves, socks, gloves and more) will be given to Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold and Start Me Up Niagara's Out of the Cold program. 


Junior Creative Writers Workshop: Mixed Media Memories 

Saturday, Nov. 25 10am-11am

To celebrate Canada 150 and the stories of the people who make up our community, the St. Catharines Museum is partnering with Junior Creative Writers to provide workshops on creative writing and story-telling.

This hour long multi-media workshop guides participants through the process of creating memory pages which honor their family history and traditions. Participants are encouraged to bring in photo copies of family photos spanning several generations. Copies of newspaper clippings and other ephemera are welcome. Participants will use these materials for their memory pages. 

This workshop is designed to be a family activity, children are invited to bring their family members. $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Museum at 905.984.8880 or visit ePlay to register. 



Books & Brews - Sept. 19, Oct. 17 & Nov. 21 

Books & BrewsOur ever-popular Books & Brews book club is returning for its third season this Fall 2017. 

It's a new kind of book club experience with a museum twist! Mingle, chat about books, learn new things, and experience brews in a whole new way. Visit our Books & Brews web page to learn more and to register. 

If you have any questions, please contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email 

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