The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage […]

Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Ontario

On April 12, 1917, the Ontario legislature voted in favour of women’s suffrage, officially granting women in the province of Ontario the right to vote in provincial and municipal elections. In Canada, the suffrage movement began in the late 19th century with demonstrations and campaigns for voting rights occurring all across the country. In Ontario, […]

Commemorating Vimy Ridge

April 9 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The battle was fought in France between April 9 and 12, 1917. Innovative tactics, painstaking planning and superior training resulted in a great victory for the Canadian Corps.  However, the Canadian achievement came at a very high price: 3,598 troops were killed and […]

#2017AAW: Thoreau MacDonald’s pencil sketches (Thornhill)

On each day of Archives Awareness Week 2017, the City of Vaughan Archives is highlighting five unique objects representing each of the city’s five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill. The Vaughan Archives has 41 pencil sketches drawn by Thoreau MacDonald. Born in Toronto in 1901, Thoreau was the son of Group of Seven […]

#2017AAW: John Thompson’s Second World War Military Apparel, 1940-45 (Woodbridge)

On each day of Archives Awareness Week 2017, the City of Vaughan Archives is highlighting five unique objects representing each of the city’s five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill. This image features a pair of boots (left), a pair of galoshes (right) and a belt with a gun holster and ammunition pouch worn […]

#2017AAW: Advertisement for Aaron Oster’s Farm Sale, 1919 (Concord)

On each day of Archives Awareness Week 2017, the City of Vaughan Archives is highlighting five unique objects representing each of the city’s five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill. This here is a broadside, or large poster, created by auctioneer J. H. Prentice, which advertises the credit sale and auction for Aaron Oster’s […]

#2017AAW: Pierre Berton’s bow ties (Kleinburg)

On each day of Archives Awareness Week 2017, the City of Vaughan Archives is highlighting five unique objects representing each of the city’s five major communities: Maple, Kleinburg, Concord, Woodbridge and Thornhill. Pierre Berton was a noted Canadian author and a well-known journalist and television icon. Born in the Yukon in 1920, he started his career […]