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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:


Everyday Life in Richmond Hill
Discover the everyday lives of Richmond Hill's early settlers! This exhibit will look at the hearth and home, as well as town life from the 1830s to 1880s.


Heritage Week Exhibition Open House
On exhibit Tuesday, February 18, 1 - 4 p.m.

Heritage Week offers a unique opportunity for Ontarians to celebrate Ontario's rich, unique history and to recognize the important work heritage organizations do to keep our history alive.

Exhibition Open House [PDF]


Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Sports
Tuesday, February 11 - Saturday, May 10, 2014

Canada at Play: 100 Years of Games, Toys and Sports - 02/11/14 -10/05/14The classics are alive and well! In the middle of winter or the heat of summer, outside or inside, Canadian children have always worked hard to have fun! This exhibition takes a look at favourite games and toys over the past 130 years. Despite the 20th Century’s astonishing developments in science, medicine and technology, some things have remained constant - children still play with dolls and farm sets and skating, tobogganing and playing hockey remain an integral part of Canadian winters!




COMING SOON!

Ontario’s Sporting Past
Tuesday, May 20 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Featuring images from the Archives of Ontario’s collection that celebrate Ontario's athletic heritage, along with a selection of artifacts from Richmond Hill’s own collection



THE COLLECTION

Historic Artifacts and Art
The Town of Richmond 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:Indoor Polo Trophy

  • 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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