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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

The Amazing World of Clifford Pennock: Coming soon a narrated video compilation of selected photographs of renowned Elgin area photographer Clifford Pennock. Details to follow.

CONGRATULATIONS EAHS. This year, 2023, is the 20th Anniversary of the Elgin & Area Heritage Society. The board is busy developing plans to celebrate this milestone. We will post information as it unfolds, so check in often and don't miss any of the exciting anniversary events. SUMMER HOURS. The RBS will be open for visitors every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during July and August (10 Weeks)

How Quebec’s Greatest Authors Were Brought to English Canada

This article was first published in The Walrus Nov. 21, 2017 and updated Dec 3, 2019. As the article was published over five years ago, and updated over three years ago, some information may no longer be current. EAHS acknowledges both the Walrus magazine and the article’s author Derek Webster. For Sheila Fischman, translation represents …

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A Jewish Kid at Christmas

The following is a personal story by Sheila Fischman https://eahs.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Sheila-F.-My-Christmas-Story.pdf

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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