Burlington Heritage Month

You are invited to learn more about the events and issues that have shaped Burlington and Canada by attending the informative sessions planned by The City of Burlington’s Heritage Committee throughout the city during the month of February. Topics and events include Black history, First Nations, Freeman Station, Burlington architecture, movies, panel discussions, stories and more. Burlington Public Library is very pleased to work with our community partners and offer a number of events at the library and in partnership with the community organizations listed below. Events at the library are free though some require registration. Check the listings below for more details. 

Events at the Library

List of Burlington Heritage Month events at the Library

Burlington Room Open House:

Every Thursday in February from 2 to 4pm, drop by the local history room at Central, 2nd floor, for a talk featuring special guests, and to browse our fascinating collection of heritage resources.

  • Feb 7, 2pm - Professional storyteller Pauline Grondin speaks on the Indigenous farm workers of Aldershot.
  • Feb 14, 2pm - Hear about local pioneer families presented by Joan Downey of the Burlington Historical Society.
  • Feb 21 - Get to know the library's local history collection. Browse old yearbooks, scrapbooks, maps & more!
  • Feb 28, 2pm - Author Zig Misiak presents a talk on Joseph Brant.

Local Heritage Displays:

Throughout the month of February, heritage groups display information at Central branch, 2nd floor, outside of the Burlington Room.

Feb 1 to 8 - Beach Canal Lighthouse Group & Burlington Historical Society  
Feb 8 to 15 - Bronte Creek  
Feb 15 to 21 - Scouts Canada & Museums of Burlington
Feb 22 to Mar 1 - United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Hamilton Branch

Art Gallery of Burlington

Black History Month Exhibition
Jan 31 to Feb 26
Art Gallery of Burlington, RBC Community Gallery

Family Open Sundays
Sundays: Feb 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 1-4pm
Free activities for the whole family in the GWD DeGroote Creative Hub.
Art Gallery of Burlington

The Joseph Brant Museum Expansion
Fri Feb 8 | 10.30-11.30am
Kimberly Watson, Curator of Museums of Burlington, shares exciting plans for future exhibits and events.
Art Gallery of Burlington, RBC Community Gallery

Tombstone Tales with Dorothy Kew
Wed Feb 13 | 2-3pm
Take a virtual "walk” through the cemetery of St. Luke’s and discover some of the early settlers of our city.
Art Gallery of Burlington

Beach Canal Lighthouse Group

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Burlington Public Library

City of Burlington Heritage Advisory Committee

Burlington Historical Society

2nd Annual Winter Downtown Burlington Heritage Walk
Sat Feb 2 | 10.45-11.30am
Alan Harrington, a volunteer with Burlington Historical Society and Friends of Freeman Station, brings old stories of Burlington to life.
The Tourism Burlington on Locust St. is the starting point for the walking tour of Burlington`s history. Rain, snow, or shine!

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

In Concert with Anne Lederman & Ian Bell
Sat Feb 16 | 6.30-7.30pm
Songwriters/storytellers Anne Lederman and Ian Bell, celebrate Canadian life past and present, through traditional and original songs, stories, and instrumental music.
Donations to the Friends of Freeman Station are welcome for this free musical performance. Register through the link provided below.
Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre.

Friends of Freeman Station

Freeman Station Open House - CANCELLED
Sat Feb 16 | Shows at 10am, 11am & noon
Experience the 1/24 scale model diorama of Burlington in the 1920s, complete with rolling stock locomotives, miniature historic houses, animation, and sound. Free 30-minute show.
Freeman Station

Halton Regional Heritage Services

Heritage Burlington

Museums of Burlington

Burlington Heritage Month Launch
Fri Feb 1 | 1-4pm
Kate Almeida of the Museums of Burlington, talks about the Ireland family and Burlington's agricultural heritage. Reception to follow at the Ireland House Museum tour and reception follows.
Register at: arabellagore@gmail.com
St. John’s Anglican Church, 2464 Dundas Street

Heritage Skills: Bread Making
Sun Feb 10 | 1-4pm
Make and bake bread on an 1830s Rumford hearth in the 1850s-era kitchen. Limited to 10 adults. $20/person
Call 905.332.9888 or email kate.almeida@burlington.ca to attend.
Museums of Burlington – Ireland House Museum

Family Day Open House
Mon Feb 18 | 1-4pm
Tour the historic house, watch baking demonstrations on the historic hearth, and create a family keepsake to take home. $15/family (2 adults/seniors and up to 4 children)
Museums of Burlington – Ireland House Museum

Heritage Skills: Jam Making
Sun Feb 24 | 1-4pm
Make jam the old-fashioned way in an authentic 1850s kitchen. Limited to 10 adults. $20/person
Call 905.332.9888 or email kate.almeida@burlington.ca to attend.
Museums of Burlington – Ireland House Museum

Ontario Black History Society

Royal Botanical Gardens

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera

United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada (UELAC), Hamilton Branch

United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Hamilton Branch Meeting
Thu Feb 28 | 7.30-9pm
Guest speaker: Natasha Henry, President of the Ontario Black History Society
St Matthews on the Plains, 126 Plains Road East

Burlington Heritage Month events at the Library

Burlington Heritage Month Community Event Calendar (PDF)

Event: In Concert with Anne Lederman & Ian Bell

Guest Author: Gary Evans

Guest Author: Zig Misiak

Guest Storyteller: Pauline Grondin