St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre Events

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Virtual Education Programs and Experiences

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Virtual Education Programs and Experiences

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is offering free lesson plans, activities, resources and programs for all students, teachers, or at-home educators. Please reach out to us if you have comments, questions, or would like information or activities on a topic we have yet to cover.

For more information please visit our Museum Programs page.

Ongoing Virtual Public Programs and Experiences

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is moving public programming and exhibitions online. Check our social media channels, blog, and website often for the schedule and updates. Public programming and exhibits to watch for include:
  • Daily social media series featuring artifacts from our collection posted across all our platforms. Check out the programming schedule.
  • Facebook Live videos, talks and lectures, and activities on
  • Podcasts and blog posts available at
  • Temporary exhibitions available online, including 'Victorian Tweets', 'Coming Home: St. Catharines and the End of WWII', and more. Please visit our Exhibitions page for more information.

Virtual Family History Workshop - Oct. 24 & Nov. 7

family history workshop

The Family History Workshop that has been so well-received over the last few years has now been reformatted for virtual delivery! 

Now offered remotely through Zoom, this two-day workshop will cover useful knowledge and tools needed to effectively, and efficiently, care for and preserve your family history.

Expert Museum Staff will lead you through tutorials on how to properly organize and preserve family photographs and records, care for family heirlooms, and record family stories through oral histories interviews and written documentation. We are also pleased to have the Mayholme Genealogical & Historical Research Centre join us to offer valuable tips and tricks for conducting genealogy. 

Join us virtually for this two-day workshop, held on Saturdays, October 24 and November 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $50.00 investment per participant. Each participant will receive a professionally printed workbook.

Pre-registration is required. Register by October 5 to receive your workbook by mail. Otherwise, workbooks will be available for pick-up at the Museum ahead of the workshop. 

Call 905-984-8880 or email for further inquiry and to register. 

Virtual Museum Lecture Series - Fall 2020 

We are thrilled to have our Virtual Museum Lecture Series return for the Fall 2020 season! 
Discover your local history from the comfort of your home, with fascinating new stories and fresh takes on St. Catharines' past. These engaging talks are led by our Museum historians and feature expert special guests from the community.
Mark your calendars and join us alternate Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., starting September 15, 2020. See the drop-down menu below for the full line-up. 

All lectures are available by donation and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Send us an email to sign-up and we will send you a secure, private link to access the online lecture.

October 27 at 7 p.m. - Lost and Forgotten: The Third Welland Canal

Visitor Services Coordinator and public historian Adrian Petry will present a talk about the somewhat lost and mostly forgotten Third Welland Canal.

VMLS - October 27


November 10 at 7 p.m. - Stories from the Front

Museum staff and volunteers will present their emotional and deeply touching First World War series 'Stories from the Front' to mark Remembrance Day. The program includes stories from the Museum's collection about experiences at home in St. Catharines and at the Front.

VMLS - November 10

November 24 at 7 p.m. - The Howe Report

Visitor Services Coordinator Adrian Petry and Public Programmer Sara Nixon will present a talk on the influential and revealing 'Howe Report'. Commissioned in 1863 by the United States Congress Freedman's Inquiry Commission and written by Samuel Gridley Howe, the report reveals the conditions of Freedom Seekers in St. Catharines. Local interviews with both Freedom Seekers and recognizable names of the City's established businessmen opens up new histories we aren't used to hearing.

VMLS - November 24

December 8 at 7 p.m. - Marking Time: The Fashion and Textiles of Life's Milestones

Supervisor of Historical Services and Museum Curator Kathleen Powell will discuss the Museum's new exhibit 'Marking Time' and feature textiles and fashion from the Museum's collection that help us mark life's significant milestones.

VMLS - December 8

Daily Social Media Content

We post daily museum content across our social media channels to keep you and your family engaged and learning!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

You’ll find videos, interactive polls, podcast episodes, blog posts, photos from the Museum Collection, and so much more!

Where's the Pig? Virtual Adventure Series

Where's the Pig?

While our Where’s the Pig? virtual adventure series is now wrapped up, you can watch all the episodes online! Follow along with Sara in her search for a mischievous pig missing since 1945 and explore historic spots in downtown St. Catharines along the way!

Watch the episodes on FacebookInstagramYoutube, and on our blog!

Virtual Exhibitions 

Victorian Tweets

Victorian Tweets Virtual Exhibit

What if the Victorians had Twitter?

Victorian Tweets juxtaposes daily Victorian life found in newspapers, diaries, letters, and ephemera from the Museum’s archival collection against the modern Twitterverse.

Click here to explore the digital version of this exhibition by clicking on the category pages below. Scroll through Tweets and photographs to view the exhibition.

Coming Home, Commemorating the End of WWII

Coming Home Virtual Exhibit

The Second World War officially began for Canada on September 9th, 1939 when Parliament voted to support the British and French against the German incursions in Poland.

The war ended for many Canadians on May 7, 1945 with Victory in Europe, while fighting continued in the Asian theatre for a few more months and ended on August 14, 1945 with Victory in Japan.

September 1945 saw the beginning of the return of men and women combatants from St. Catharines.

This virtual photo exhibit captures the poignant moments that were a part of coming home.  Using the unique on-line features of History Pins. we are able to create a picture map of the relevant locations throughout the City of St. Catharines and in some case we can even see specific locations then and now.  (Look for the images with the little yellow person graphic in the lower left corner.)

Click Coming Home to launch this interactive photo exhibit.


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