Free Land

January 3, 2021 / 0 Comments

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

January 3, 2021 / 0 Comments

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

January 3, 2021 / 0 Comments

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

October 4, 2020 / 2 Comments

(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

October 4, 2020 / 0 Comments

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

October 4, 2020 / 0 Comments

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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