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The Red Brick School

The Elgin and Area Heritage Society (EAHS) is a non-profit charitable organization formed in 2003 in the village of Elgin, Ontario, Rideau Lakes Township.

In recent years the EAHS restored the Red Brick School, at 3 Halladay St., which now serves as the Society’s home base and cultural centre.

From this historic building, the EAHS undertakes and supports historical research and preservation in the local Elgin area.

Each year the EAHS presents one major historical theme, punctuated by several smaller events such as topical speakers and grade school spelling bees.

Upcoming Events

In the Works

Two WW 1 Soldiers: Flynn & Cooper

Thanks to the Merton Burtch family who have donated items of their great uncle, Martin James Flynn, including his belt laden with over 30 badges and pins.  Also, the generosity of Bruce Cooper has entrusted EAHS with an extensive and well cared for collection of memorabilia of his grandfather, Arthur Thomas Cooper.

EAHS is unveiling a professioinally designed exhibit at The Red Brick School on November 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.

The exhibit will be on display at the Red Brick on November 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th from 10am - 3 pm. Plan on attending and honouring these two local veterans. The display will reopen in the spring.

A Story of Two WW1 Soldiers

The following article highlights the soon to be unveiled exhibit of two local WW1 soldiers, Martin James Flynn and Arthur Thomas Cooper.

Elgin Storyboards Honour Pennock

The following article by reporter Lily Bedore appeared in the October 6, 2022 edition of the Review-Mirror. EAHS thanks Ms. Bedore and the Review-Mirror for the coverage.

Storyboard Unveiling – Elgin

This is the pre-unveiling article regarding the Elgin storyboards featuring photographer Clifford Pennock. Additional informationn and pictures will be posted following the unveiling at 2:00 pm on October 1, 2022.

Why Elgin Grew in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

Researched and written by Neil Patterson Note: To scroll through the various pages, click the arrow in the upper left corner of the page beside the page number

The Amazing World of Clifford Pennock

The following glimpse into the life and photographic artistry of Clifford Pennock was researched and authored by Glen Russell. Note: To scroll through the various pages, click the arrow in the upper left corner of the page beside the page number

Annual Treasures and Books Sale

WE ARE BACK The Annual EAHS Treasures & Books Sale. Looking for that special dish, vintage material, Christmas decorations, children’ s game, or Keirstead prints? Drop by the Red Brick School on July 9 during Elgin Days. Look though a collection of vintage china and glass plates, vases, platters, check out the books, picture frames, …

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Elgin Community Hall

Elgin Community Hall By Neil A. Patterson      The sign above the second floor windows in 1924 said, “South Crosby Community Hall”. The South Crosby Municipal Records indeed show that it was the Township Council Building Committee that excepted and choose the bids as well as paying the bills for the construction. Reeve Richard Preston …

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100th Anniversary of WW1

The One Hundredth Anniversary of the First World War Presentation In 1915 a sub-recruiting and training centre was developed in Elgin using the grounds at the now historic Elgin Red Brick School. The research, copy and brochure were produced by Neil Patterson for the Elgin and Area Heritage Society. Read the amazing account recorded in …

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Halladay Quarry

EAHS thanks Neil Patterson who researched and authored this informative article, including the pictures. Neil is an outstanding source of historical information about our area and more pictures of the quarry can be found in his book: History of the Township of North Crosby and Westport.      The first Halladay family arrived in Massachusetts in …

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Free Land

Free 160 Acres. Western Canada Farm Lands. Where … And … How And All About It. Information And Facts For The Prospective Settler by Hon. Clifford Sifton, [Minister Of The Interior)     Canada had this large expanse of unsettled land in the West and the traditional immigration of settlers from Britain and the U.S. …

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