The Flamborough Heritage Society started nearly 50 years ago by members
of the community coming together to preserve local history. With the
acquisition of donated materials, they were able to open a community
archives in 1991. Thanks to community involvement, further donations,
and the help and dedication of our volunteers, the collection has grown
and is able to give back to the community.
What kind of things are we interested in? The following are just
a few examples.
Help us preserve and share the history of Flamborough.
Images in all their forms (photographs, slides, postcards, negatives)
are a great resource to see the changes of a local area through the
years, from early settlement through to modern day. Whether it be
featured front and centre or in the background, glimpses of details from
the past are a wonderful way to reminisce about how things were as well
as document changes over time. History is not static, and what may seem
permanent today may change drastically in the future.
Family snapshots help document history – pictured is Gatesbury Park in Waterdown c.1985
Shared by Amy Towarnicki
Our recorded heritage encompasses a diverse range of topics.
Documents include letters, diaries, documents related to land and taxes,
and so much more. Documents give insight into local economics, land
ownership, personal relationships, family fortunes and tragedies, the
beginnings of community groups, and the origins of local landmarks.
Wartime correspondence can show how large events affected the small communities and the lives of the people who lived there.
Much of our knowledge of local businesses comes from advertisements
in newspapers, including the Flamborough Review. While this is a good
start, ads don’t give insight into the business owner, when it opened,
or sometimes even where the business was located. There’s been a lot of
business in Flamborough over the years – some remain to this day while
others are a part of our memories. Our business listing includes over 1600 entries, and we’re constantly updating it. If you
have information or images of a business you used to own or visit, we’re
Tip Top Canners delivery truck in North Bay, Ontario, delivering from Greensville c.1959. Many
thanks to George Kush for sharing so much of Tip Top Canners history as
well as his family history on our Facebook Community page.
Communities within and around Flamborough were built and thrived
throughout history due to people that immigrated to an unfamiliar place,
raised children, made a living, and applied their entrepreneurial
spirit to build business. There are families that have been here since
the first land grants were offered, while others have impacted and
shaped their community arriving later on in the timeline. To know the
unique stories of the families who influenced our history, even in what
might seem the smallest of ways, helps us understand and frame the
people that built the community in which we live.
Best of Friends in Lynden – Emily and Donna, undatedShared by Brenda Mordue-Humphries
We’ve shared a lot of information and images over the years, in
addition to answering research requests at the Archives. While we have a
lot of material that showcases Flamborough’s history, there are still
gaps in the timeline. Have a story, a memory, or photographs to share?
How things used to be, your experiences in a part of Flamborough, a
business you used to own? We’d love to hear from you.
Things that may seem mundane can be very important in capturing
Flamborough’s history by reflecting the heritage of those that came
This is only a small sample of things that may capture moments of
Flamborough’s past. We’re interested in preserving all history, and it
is often surprising where information can be found. Consider donating
your own story to the Flamborough Archives to help the Flamborough
Heritage Society continue to preserve and share local history.
You don’t have to permanently donate an item – pieces can be on loan
to the Archives for as long as you feel comfortable or copied and
returned to you.
Want to share your history? You can share with us on our socials, email our archivist , or message us through our contact page.
The archives is also open to the public with temporary hours, Monday
to Friday from 1:00 – 4:00PM. Researchers are asked to please make an
appointment as our maximum occupancy is 3 people, including the
volunteers. Looking forward to seeing your history, from whatever era it
Want to give in a different way? You can volunteer with us, or check out our donations page to see what we’re raising funds for. Thanks so much for your support.
The Flamborough Archives will be closed on Monday, May 24. Happy Victoria Day, and see you soon!