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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! - Contest is now closed. 

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.


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

Wednesday, April 19, 10:00am, Turner Park Branch (Register at 905-546-4790)

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00pm, Red Hill Branch (Register at 905-546-2069)


Discover your Family History

This workshop is designed for those just beginning to research their family. Using resources available at the Hamilton Public Library, come and learn how to discover your family history.

Presented by Local History & Archives

Thursday, May 11, 2:30pm, Sherwood Branch (Register at 905-546-3249)

Thursday, August 17, 2:30pm, Valley Park Branch (Register at 905-573-3141)


Hamilton: Royal Connections

From a young Edward VII to the future King of Canada, Charles, Prince of Wales (possibly to be George VII) Canadian monarchs have visited Hamilton! Why did George VI laugh at City Hall? When did Prince Philip open Central Library? A talk and film about when 'The Crown' has visited. More times than you think!

Presented by Robert Oldham, member Monarchist League of Canada

Register at 905-546-3408.

Saturday, May 13, 1pm, Central Library


Tragedy and Triumph: The Real Story of the McQuesten Family

Join us for tea at Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historical Site to learn about the McQuesten family and their tragedies and triumph as one of Hamilton's prominent families. Tours of the house will follow the talk. Free copies of the book Tragedy and Triumph by Mary Anderson for all who attend.

Register at 905-546-3408.

Thursday, June 8, 1pm, Whitehern National Historic House & Garden



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

Register at 905-546-3408.

Friday, June 9, 10:00am, 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

Register at 905-546-3408.

Friday, June 9, 2:00pm, 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.

Register at 905-546-3408.

Thursday, June 8, 10:00am, Central Library

Monday, July 10, 2:00pm, Central Library

Friday, August 25, 10:00am, Central Library





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