In the autumn of 1865, 150 years ago, a lot at Wellington and Queen Streets in St. Thomas, just opposite the Elgin County Courthouse, was being prepared for the winter. The land was being levelled, a well was being sunk, and a shed to house the pump was being built. As soon as the weather was right, this would become the new rink of the St. Thomas Skating Club.
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Elgin County Museum To Show “There Never was an Arrow” on Avro Arrow “Black Friday” Anniversary Feb 20th
Railway Heritage panels have appeared in recent months over the east-side windows of the MCRR locomotive repair shops in St. Thomas – the makeover which has attracted appreciative attention is just a hint of the transformation planned for the building in the next five to ten years.
It has been an exciting twelve months for the Elgin County Railway Museum (ECRM) which is based in the shops, with the 25th anniversary of that organization last year and the MCRR shops 100th anniversary celebration on September 20th, 2014. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, special guest speakers, music and silent auction along with some significant announcements.
The Elgin Historical Society presented "Digitizing the Tweedsmuirs" on April 23rd at the Elgin County building. Helen Van Brenk, WI Tweedsmuir Curator, and Mary Clutterbuck of Boxall Women’s Institute explained how the books came about and provided highlights of their colourful contents. Elgin County Archives digitization assistant Krista Taylor provided background on how they have been digitized.
The Port Stanley Terminal Rail (PSTR) marked their 30th anniversary in 2013 and also brought their train into downtown St. Thomas for the first time. It was another milestone in a long list of PSTR achievements, and one which has them excited about expanding their horizons into the future.
Read about the history of the PSTR and plans for future co-operative ventures with the newly reconstructed L&PS Station in downtown St. Thomas in Relish Elgin Magazine Early Spring 2014
Pride and appreciation pervaded the mood at a reunion, ceremony and parade which marked a homecoming for the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment on Saturday Sept 10th, 2011. Read more and see a photo slide-show covering the afternoon which saw the Kangaroos find a home in St. Thomas with the "Elgins"...