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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 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.

Stories From The Front - Nov. 1-3 & 6-10

Stories From The Front

Join the St. Catharines Museum for our special programming in honour of Remembrance Day. Stories From The Front is an original dramatic production featuring local stories and music from the First World War. We will honour the St. Catharines men who fought overseas during the First World War as well as those they left behind at home. 

School Groups: This special programming is offered for school groups November 1-3 & 6-10 at 10am. Teachers interested in participating are asked to contact the Museum at 905.984.8880 or

Public Performance: We are opening this special program to the public on November 10 at 1:00 pm. Admission is $5. 00/person. Please contact the Museum at 905.984.8880 or to reserve your seat. 

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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