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Heritage Centre Galleries & Exhibits

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The exhibits at the Heritage Centre are designed to provide an educational and entertaining experience that people of all ages will enjoy. Featured in the galleries are:


Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, February 17 - Saturday, May 9

Travel back to the 1800s to learn about the Underground Railroad and the challenges freedom-seekers faced along their journey to the promised land.




THE COLLECTION

Historic Artifacts and Art
Indoor Polo TrophyRichmond Hill holds the collection in public trust for the education and enjoyment of the general public. The collection consists of more than 4,000 artifacts including:

  • The Phyllis Rawlinson Estate;
  • The Langstaff Collection; and
  • The Richmond Hill Historical Society Collection.

    Artifacts represent the mid 19th Century to the present day, ranging from building artifacts, home furnishings, tools, textiles, recreational artifacts and much more.


    Archives
    Working with the Richmond Hill Public Library our archival collection contains:

  • Municipal records such as Council Minutes, Assessment Rolls, Voters' Lists, and documents detailing
    significant municipal policies, decisions, and activities; Richmond Hill Heritage
  • Historic photographs documenting changing landscapes and architecture, leisure and work, personalities and special events;
  • Maps, plans, and architectural drawings from the 1850's to the 1980's;
  • Records of local organizations past and present; and 
  • Papers of individual residents or former residents.

    For more information on the Archival Collection and to view the Richmond Hill Library’s local history photographic collection, click here.


    Archaeology
    The Town of Richmond Hill is also proud to house an extensive prehistoric and historic Archaeology Collection. In 1988, the Town’s Planning & Development Department (now Planning & Regulatory Services Department) adopted the Archaeological Master Plan produced by Archaeological Services Inc. It has been a beneficial tool to the Archaeological Community and the Town. A total of 119 archaeological sites throughout the Town have been identified, researched, and excavated to a satisfactory level, since 1988.

    The following four sites, McGaw, Lake Wilcox, Murphy-Goulding/Orion and the Vanderburgh House, stand out as intriguing, exceptional and unique examples of local history. These sites range from a pristine pre-contact First Nation site to a EuroCanadian farmstead that shed light on a period where there was an absence of archival information, not just in Richmond Hill, but in what became the province of Ontario.


    Donations
    Richmond Hill collects significant artifacts related to its social, political and economic history as represented by the past, present and future of the community. For organizations and individuals interested in donating artifacts, archival material or art to the Town of Richmond Hill Collection, please contact the Arts and Heritage Coordinator at (905) 737-8985, ext. 6007 or mmackenzie@richmondhill.ca.

    Richmond Hill is also proud to house an extensive prehistoric and historic Archaeology Collection. In 1988, the Town’s Planning & Development Department (now Planning & Regulatory Services Department) adopted the Archaeological Master Plan produced by Archaeological Services Inc. It has been a beneficial tool to the Archaeological Community and the Town. A total of 119 archaeological sites throughout the Town have been identified, researched, and excavated to a satisfactory level, since 1988.The following four sites, McGaw, Lake Wilcox, Murphy-Goulding/Orion and the Vanderburgh House, stand out as intriguing, exceptional and unique examples of local history. These sites range from a pristine pre-contact First Nation site to a EuroCanadian farmstead that shed light on a period where there was an absence of archival information, not just in Richmond Hill, but in what became the province of Ontario.The Town of Richmond Hill collects significant artifacts related to its social, political and economic history as represented by the past, present and future of the community. For organizations and individuals interested in donating artifacts, archival material or art to the Town of Richmond Hill Collection, please contact the Arts and Heritage Coordinator at (905) 737-8985, ext. 6007.


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