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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 48 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.

A Message from Our President: Ted Dwyre

Greetings to all members, friends and supporters of EAHS. Covid-19 has forced us to Social Distance and Self Isolate which has changed the lives and routines of all and like all of you we miss the activities and experience we have shared in the past.

As all are aware, the Heritage Society has postponed or cancelled most of our public activities of 2020.Nonetheless, dedicated members are continuing to work on developing new projects, researching and preparing future exhibits and events, and maintaining on a variety of levels our mission focused on heritage and culture of the Elgin and area community.

Our “special update newsletter” of a few months ago was published to assure all that EAHS was continuing to function on a more modified approach.  We are now in a phase II of isolation and lockdown and as you might imagine without meetings and interaction and discussion, progress is difficult.

What had been planned for 2020 was postponed to 2021. We are still in a cautious mode and will be deciding soon what we can present in 2021.

We want to assure all of our members and supporters that we are anxious to return to “NORMAL”, but we certainly do not want to put anyone’s health at risk.  We look forward to returning to the Red Brick School and regular meetings and discussions. We rely on our members and supporters for feedback and ask you all to Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay in Touch with the EAHS.

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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The Dominion of Canada – 1903

One of the prized possessions of the Red Brick School (RBS) is an original map of the Dominion of Canada of 1903.  The map was issued by the direction of the Hon. Clifford Sifton, Minister of the Interior, and is dated 1903, copies of which may have hung in all elementary schools of the era.  …

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Deck the Halls

Every December the Elgin and Area Heritage Society adorns the Red Brick School (RBS) with wreaths and lights in preparation for celebrating Christmas.  Inside and out this historic landmark reflects majestic splendour to the delight of visitors and passers by. An Elgin tradition is the “Sharing the Light of Christ”. On the First Sunday of …

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The Empire Hotel and the Fahey Family

(Joe Hamilton, Elgin native and EAHS Director has written a comprehensive article entitled “The History of the Hotels of Elgin”.  This is an excerpt from that work covering the Fahey era of hotel ownership) “…A new lessor named Patrick Joseph Fahey arrived on the scene in 1893, although he didn’t acquire ownership until 1900. When …

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Creating a Community

On Aug. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Sept. 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus an additional time for a tour by school students the Elgin and Area Heritage Society hosted an exhibit at the Red Brick School in Elgin. The Creating a Community exhibit featured individual panels highlighting the family trees, …

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School Days

Each year, the Elgin and Area Heritage Society invites a group of elementary school students to visit the Red Brick School.  The students experience a sample of the wondrous school days that unfolded in a time before most of them were even born. They assemble and enter the classroom in the required orderly fashion, and …

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