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Days of the Traction Line - Local History with George Thorman, Guests: W.H. Jewell and Paul Loucks

"Local History with George Thorman" series The topic is "The Days of the Traction Line", with guests W.H. Jewell and Paul Loucks.

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Karen Collard - History of Lawrence Station

Author Karen Collard shares her experiences writing the book, "A History of Lawrence Station, 1870-2009" along with Shirley Longhurst, Alice Plain and Dora McArthur.

Local History with George Thorman" series A discussion of the history of Raven's Shoe Store

Local History with George Thorman" - History of Raven's Shoe Store with Guests: Charles and Forbes Raven.1979.

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Local History- George Thorman & Nipper Scott: World War I Flying Adventures

George Thorman interviewing Norman "Nipper Scott on his role in the Royal Air Force during the First World War.

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Local History- George Thorman with Brian Sim & E.G. King: Elgin Military Museum

George Thorman interviewing Lieutenant Brian Sim & Lieutenant Colonel E.G. King of the Elgin Regiment.

Local History- Steve Peters & Peter Laing 1990

Interview with former St. Thomas Alderman and Mayor Peter Laing.

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Local History-George Thorman & Bill Stewart: Botany in Elgin County

George Thorman interviewing Naturalist Bill Stewart on Botanical Work in Elgin County. 1978.

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Local History-George Thorman & Hugh Sims: Ghost Towns of Elgin County

George Thorman interviewing Hugh Sims on the ghost towns of Elgin County.

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Local History-George Thorman & Wayne Paddon: Talbot Settlement

Historians George Thorman & Wayne Paddon discuss the early settlement of Elgin County. 1977.

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Local History-Steve Peters & George Thorman: War of 1812

Steve Peters and George Thorman discussing events that took place in Elgin County during the War of 1812. This particular segment looks at the raids that took place in the area in 1814.

Steve Peters & Don Cosens: Cameron Photographic Collection part 1 of 2

Historians Steve Peters and Don Cosens discuss the Ian Cameron photographic collection of 19th century St. Thomas.1994.

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The View from Dutton Dunwich - John Kenneth Galbraith

An interview with economist John Kenneth Galbraith from 2001 reflecting on his early life in western Elgin County

"Neutral Indians" - Local History with George Thorman, Guests G. Connoy and R. White

"Local History with George Thorman" series Topic is "Neutral Indians", Guests G. Connoy and R. White.1974.

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1952 Elgin County Centennial Pageant

Film reel of Elgin County's Centennial Pageant which took place at Athletic Park in St. Thomas in August of 1952.

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An Interview with John Parsons at the Elgin County Railway Museum

Railway veteran and long time Museum volunteer, John Parsons, explains some of the workings in the Michigan Central Railroad shops in St. Thomas, Ontario, during the steam age.

EHS Sports Night - History of Golf with Jack Pullen

Long time local golf pro, Jack Pullen, discusses the history of golf in general, and the development of the game in the St. Thomas-Elgin area. 

Recorded September, 2014.

Elgin County Pioneer Museum 30th Anniversary 1987

An Allview cable program on the 30th Anniversary of the Elgin County Pioneer Museum in St. Thomas.

Michigan Central Bridge
Elgin History Vignette #1 - Michigan Central Bridge

A short film on the 140 year history of the Michigan Central Railway Bridge over Kettle Creek at the west end of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Jumbo the Elephant
Elgin History Vignette #2 - Jumbo the Elephant

A short history of the life of Jumbo the Elephant, from The French Sudan to his tragic death on the railway tracks in St.Thomas, Ontario.

Elgin History Vignette #3 - WW1 Bomb Plot, CASO Station, St Thomas, Ontario

On July 4th 1915 the CASO railway station in St. Thomas, Ontario was the intended target of a bomb attack. Learn how close St. Thomas came to being on the front lines of the First World War.

Elgin History Vignette #4 - Dell Henderson, Prince of Comedy

St. Thomas native and motion picture pioneer Dell Henderson was an actor, writer and director in the earliest days of the movies.

Elgin History Vignette #5 - 1887 Rail Disaster

On July 15th 1887 a London & Port Stanley Railway train collided with a Michigan Central Railroad train at the diamond at Centre and Moore Streets in St. Thomas, Ontario.

George Thorman Night - Elgin Historical Society

The Elgin Historical Society celebrated the life of local historian George Thorman at the St. Thomas Public Library where the local history room is named in his honour.

History of Talbot St. St. Thomas 1 of 2 - Local History with George Thorman with Guest Don Cosens

Local History with George Thorman with Guest Don Cosens part 1 of 2

History of Talbot St. St. Thomas 2 of 2 - Local History With George Thorman Guest: Don Cosens

Local History with George Thorman with Guest Don Cosens part 2 of 2

Local History with George Thorman & Don Cosens: Old Port Stanley

Historians George Thorman & Don Cosens discuss historic images of Port Stanley.

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Local History with George Thorman - Steve & Joey Peters, Bottle Collection, 1980

Steve & Joey Peters displaying their early bottle collection, 1980.

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Local History- George Thorman & Brian Sim: Elgin Military History

George Thorman interviewing Lieutenant Brian Sim of the Elgin Regiment on Elgin County's early military history. 1978.

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Local History- George Thorman & Sabu the Elephant Trainer: Jumbo

George Thorman interviews the elephant trainer and historian Raymond "Sabu" Moreau on the life and death of Jumbo the Elephant. 1981.
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Local History- George Thorman with Doug Carrie & Nipper Scott: World War I Flying Adventures

George Thorman interviewing Dr Doug Carrie & Norman "Nipper" Scott who both served in the Royal Air Force during the First World War. 1982.

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Local History-George Thorman & George Walker: Vimy Ridge

George Thorman interviewing George Walker on his time serving in the Canadian Army during the First World War as well as George's later life in St. Thomas.

Local History-George Thorman & Harvey Jay: History of Elgin Handles

George Thorman interviewing Harvey Jay on the history of Elgin Handles in St. Thomas. 1979.

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Local History-George Thorman & John Ker: Colonel Thomas Talbot

George Thorman & John Ker discussing the life of Colonel Thomas Talbot. John Ker lived on the original Talbot estate.

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Local History-George Thorman & John Nickelson: Fashion Design

George Thorman interviewing fashion designer John Nickelson. John was the chief assistant to famed New York fashion designer Oscar De La Renta.1981.

Local History-George Thorman & Marshall Field: Hawk Cliff

George Thorman interviewing St. Thomas Parks Superintendent Marshall Field on the Hawk Migration that takes place every year at Hawk Cliff in Port Stanley. 1979.
 

Local History-George Thorman & Roderick D. Macdonald, Industrialst 1979

George Thorman interviewing industrialist Roderick MacDonald. Rod was the president of both the Weatherhead and Jaeger Machine companies in St. Thomas.

Local History-George Thorman & Shine Palmer: The Industrial Commissioner of St. Thomas

George Thorman interviewing the Industrial Commissioner of St Thomas Shine Palmer on the industrialization that has taken place in the city in the last decades. 1979.

Local History-George Thorman & Wayne Paddon: Colonel Mahlon Burwell

George Thorman and Wayne Paddon discussing Colonel Mahlon Burwell. The surveyor of the Talbot Roads. 1976.

Local History-Steve Peters & Hugh Sims 1990 Part 1 of 2

Steve Peters interviewing Hugh Sims on the many stories and events on Elgin County that Hugh researched over the years.

 

Local History-Steve Peters & Hugh Sims 1990 Part 2 of 2

Steve Peters interviewing Hugh Sims on the stories and events that Hugh has researched over the years.

Local History-Steve Peters & Ross Galloway: Boxing Champions

Steve Peters interviewing famed St. Thomas boxer Ross Galloway on his career as a professional boxer. Also discussed in the interview is the many other boxing legends who came from St. Thomas.

Paul Baldwin talk on St. Thomas Architect, John T. Findlay

Local historian Paul Baldwin speaks to the Elgin Historical Society on Architect John T Findlay at the Elgin County Museum.

Railways of St. Thomas-Elgin: The Four Major Lines

A Short History of the four major Railways of St. Thomas - Elgin in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.

Sam Vary - Heritage Port Stanley

Sam Vary remembers his childhood and recalls some of the Port Stanley characters that gave the village its unique flavour. Recorded April 26, 2012 at Heritage Port Stanley.

Sinking of The Bessemer - Local History with George Thorman, Guest: Frank Prothero

Sinking of The Bessemer - Local History with George Thorman, Guest: Frank Prothero

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The Fulcrum of the Arts: Canadian Culture and Alma College 1881-1939

Dr Susan Butlin discussing the role and impact Alma College faculty and students have had on the Arts and Culture in Canada in the past decades.

War of 1812 Sites in Elgin County

A tour of sites relating to the War of 1812 in Elgin County, Ontario, Canada.