Trafalgar Township Historical Society

“Recognizing, documenting, educating and celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of North Oakville,Trafalgar Township”

Lake Ontario Swim Marathons

On Tuesday October 12, our featured speaker was Richard Jordan on Marilyn Bell and Marathon Swims Across Lake Ontario.

In 1954 the Toronto Telegram sponsored a famous American marathon swimmer in an attempt to become the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She failed, but Marilyn Bell, an unknown Toronto teenager, managed to complete the feat and captured the heart of the city. Richard spoke about how swim marathons started as part of a U.S. phenomena. He explained the whole history of CNE marathon swims and some of the other people who conquered the lake, like Vicki Keith.

More detailed account of Speaker Night will be covered in the next Member’s Newsletter.

Open Archives

PLEASE NOTE: We have resumed our Open Archives. In accordance with Provincial regulations, face masks are REQUIRED and capacity limits will be effect.

We host our Open House at the heritage Palermo School House. Check the calendar below for the next scheduled day.

Meet our archivist, search our archives, research township family history or just come to reminisce. You’ll never know who will show up with a fascinating new piece of local history.

Admission FREE but voluntary donations are welcome.

 

Upcoming Events

Dec
7
Tue
7:00 pm Guest Speaker (Dec 2021) @ Palermo Schoolhouse
Guest Speaker (Dec 2021) @ Palermo Schoolhouse
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In 2010, an Ottawa building was demolished that revealed a sign (G.A. Snider, Photographer) painted on the side of a 3-story, red-brick building at the northwest corner of Bank and[...]
Jan
21
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Jan 21 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce. In accordance[...]
Feb
18
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce. In accordance[...]
May
20
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
May 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce. In accordance[...]