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Celebrate Canada 150 with Local History & Archives

Since 1914, Hamilton Public Library has been collecting and preserving Hamilton’s history. The collection continues to grow and covers a wide range of local history topics from sports events, places of worship and people, to heritage buildings, landmarks, and much more.  There are many ways to access Local History & Archives’ rich collections.

We have recently launched archives.hpl.ca, a tool to help you access the vast treasures stored within the Local History & Archives department.  Archives link the past, present and future by ensuring that the records of today are preserved for future generations to understand the life, ideas and thoughts of their original creators. 

Enter to win a historical image from the Local History & Archives collection!

The Local History & Archives department has a unique collection of over 30 million items including 3 million images chronicling the history of the City of Hamilton and surrounding areas dating as far back as the mid-1800s.  Between January 1st and July 1st, 2017 enter to win 1 of 12 framed 8X10 black and white images from this unique collection.


Join us the week of April 3rd – April 9th, 2017 as we recognize Archives Awareness Week in Ontario.

A Lemon in the Lemon Tree

Families are known to have generations of children and grandchildren with the same name. When this plays havoc in your family tree, you'll need more than the certainty of being in the right place at the right time. We will explore an example in my own English family, and the steps I had to take to disprove family lore derived from a mistake made over a century ago. Tips for researching and documenting your family history will also be provided.

Presented by Mike Quackenbush, Professional Genealogist & Research Coach

Monday, April 3 at 2:00pm, Central Library


Preserving your Family Treasures

Gain practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.

Presented by Local History & Archives

Tuesday, April 4th, 2:00pm, Terryberry Branch


What’s New in Local History & Archives!

Interested in knowing what collections are available at LH&A?  Learn how to access archival collections through archives.hpl.ca.  This session will guide individuals on how to read archival descriptions and learn the exciting new collections available for research.

Presented by Local History & Archives

Wednesday, April 5, 2:00pm, Central Library


Inside the Vaults of Local History & Archives

Curious where we keep all of our neat stuff? Come and tour the vaults and see behind the scenes of the Local History & Archives Department.  Staff will tour you through the Archives, and share some of their favorite artifacts.  Come and take a look at our unique space; there's more than meets the eye! 

Presented by Local History & Archives

Thursday, April 6th, 10:00am, 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Central Library


Digitize your Memories

Learn how to use our photo scanner to create digital images from your film negatives. We will also show you how to digitize your VHS cassettes. Upload your images and videos to the Internet to share with family and friends. Please note, this session will be limited to eight participants.

Friday, April 7, 2:00pm, Central Library




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