UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Historical Centre recently added a new exhibit, outlining the history of Uxbridge over the last 150 years.
The exhibit is to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and will highlight local history, from 1867 to 2017. It is currently located in the Victoria Corners Lodge Hall, a building from the 1800s that houses a different themed exhibit each year.
Kathleen Vahey, Collections Management Assistant at the Uxbridge Historical Society, said the exhibit shows the development of Uxbridge from a small farming community to the thriving city it is now.
“We tried to do a nice general history looking at overall themes from the town. How it started from a small community and grew into what it is today,” Kathleen said. “It is an overall general history of the area with some things people might not know.”
The exhibit is full of unique artifacts, and some of the themes that Kathleen tried to cover through the exhibit include: agriculture, business, industry, medicine, war, school and religion. The exhibit includes many prominent figures from Uxbridge, including: Joseph Gould, Alma Dale Gould, Thomas Foster, Lucy Maud Montgomery, David Milne, Nellie Kydd, and many others.
“This really just showcases a lot of what we have in our collection and is very reflective of Uxbridge as a whole. It also shows what the museum has to offer.”
The exhibit shows how much Uxbridge has advanced throughout the years, and how vastly technology has changed, although, the exhibit also shows how a lot of things within Uxbridge are still the same, according to Kathleen.
“Uxbridge has been here for 150 years since confederation, it has changed a lot, but there is still a lot of similarities. We still have that small town feel, and agriculture is still a big thing here.
We still have a lot of local business, so I think it reflects the history at the core and heart of Uxbridge,” she said.
The exhibit will be available to visit up until September 24th. The Uxbridge Historical Centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arrangements for group tours can be made outside of regular hours. Anyone looking for more information about the new exhibit or museum in general can send an email, to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (905) 852-5854.