People and Places Exhibit Explores Nostalgia and the Urban Space in St. Catharines, Ontario

News from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

Posted June 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Architecture from St. Catharines’ past will soon be on display as part of a new exhibit at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

People and Places highlights the landmarks and stories behind some of the City’s most famous buildings and landscapes. Items in the exhibit include window pediments from the Russell House Hotel, the May-Clark-Seiler house doorway, the Henry Furs sign from King Street, the YMCA sign from its former location on Queen Street, plus other photographs and objects from the Museum’s collection.

The Russell Hotel in downtown St. Catharines/Niagara, circa 1950s

“This exhibit is about remembering the past and exploring how it fits into the changing landscape of a growing city,” said Adrian Petry, visitors services coordinator with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. “Life-long residents will certainly experience nostalgia for the sites and stories, but newer residents will get an appreciation for how St. Catharines has evolved over the years.”

People and Places is on display at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre in History Hall and the Burgoyne Room until March 20, 2019. 

Staff at the St. Catharines Museum is also working with the website History Pin to create an online version of the exhibit so the public can upload their own photos and stories to crowd-source additional material to expand upon the People and Places narrative. 

Admission to the exhibit and the Museum is by donation. The Museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Tuesday hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. are in place until Oct. 2. The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre is located at 1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.

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