Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 23, 2018

Chuck Charlebois – Mr. Renaissance

Our followers may be interested in these political campaign items, which give some insight into Chuck Charlebois’ personal involvement in the community from years ago.

Our condolences to Mr. Charlebois’ family on his passing.

Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | February 22, 2018

Your Museum: Five Year Review


Your Community Museum:
Some Five Year Facts & Figures

Since 1954 the City of Cornwall in partnership with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Historical Society have proudly worked together to preserve and promote Cornwall’s rich and proud heritage.  The City maximizes this partnership with the Historical Society by contracting them to operate a Museum in the City-owned Wood House at a substantial saving every year through staffing and management and by using the Society’s ability to attract grants from senior levels of Government (12 in the last five years along and over 160 in the last 40 years).  The Historical Society is also able to attract substantial financial support from the community at large.  In addition the Society “lends” the collection to the City for our Community Museum.

As a result of this positive partnership, the Historical Society has been able to raise our museum to National Museum status and build a collection of provincial and national significance.

City Funding: $536,613
Society and Senior levels of government: $115,417

The Historical Society has contributed 21%.
Including the value of volunteers and in-kind, the Society’s contribution rose to 29%.
Add in the value of the artifacts, the Society contribution soars to 41%.

Volunteers: 177      Hours: 1879       Donors: 320       In-kind: $24,000

Over these Past Five Years there were 50 + Partnerships including:
1812 Alliance Group, Canada 150 celebrations, Condo Board (former YM/YWCA), Cornwall Arts Board, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Cornwall General Hospital Nursing school alumni, Cornwall Lions Club, Cornwall Rotary Club, Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Cornwall Tourism, Cornwall Waterfront, Cotton Mill Project, Downtown BIA, Economic Development, Friends of the Cornwall Public Library, Heart of the City,Group Renaissance, Jane’s Walks, Kinsmen Club, Kinette Club, Le Village B.I.A., Lift-off committee, Newcomers Club, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Sears Employees, Seaway Valley Quilters’ Guild, South Dundas, Sunrise Rotary; Transition Group, United Counties of SD & G, Winter Carnival

Historical Societies/Archives Partners these Past Five Years:

  • Brant County HS
  • Dalkeith HS
  • Glengarry HS
  • Glengarry Archives
  • Heritage Cornwall
  • Lennox & Addington
  • Lost Villages
  • Soc. Gen. St. Laurent (Cornwall)
  • National Museum-Ottawa
  • Ontario Heritage Foundation
  • Ontario Historical Society
  • Ottawa HS
  • Public Archives
  • SD & G Highlanders Museum

Recent Partnerships:
During the summer of 2017, we happily shared some space:
Educational Outreach:Slide10
Books were published to benefit the community:
We Couldn’t do it without the community:

To show your support and interest in preserving our rich and proud heritage, you may express your interest in the City’s budget feedback page by clicking on this LINK and completing their survey, asking to retain the current level of Museum Funding. In Question 10 (maintain service level). We truly appreciate your vote of confidence!

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 12, 2018

Cornwall and area history for sale – Heritage Fair.

Along with out of print histories with have books such as Donald Stuart’s book of poems.  Signed.  Now only $5 reduced from $12.

This work and many others will be offered at the 2018 edition of the Heritage Fair, to be held on Saturday Feb. 24, at the Cornwall Square from 9 am to 5 pm.  Only available at the SD & G Historical Society’s table.

Here is a rare copy.  The many historic sites such as Inverarden Museum, listed in this book, may no longer be open making it an ideal purchase for anyone who wants to see what we have lost due to Government negligence, lack of public support and general inertia.

Along with listing former historic sites, the book talks about the Lost Villages, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the McIntosh Apple, the arrival of the Holstein Cow to Eastern Ontario, Glengarry County, the fur trade Chesterville and SD & G’s hinterland.

Only one copy:  was $15, now $5.

Now $10.

This rare postcard would cost as much as $20 on ebay, it will be available for $5.

Note the Royal Bank on the left hand side.

This first day cover celebrating the official opening of the Seaway and Royal Visit will be offered for $1.

This cover with the 1984 Loyalist stamp and the Cornwall Bicentennial logo will be offered for $1.

What local library could be considered complete without this volume?  At this year’s Heritage Fair for a mere $5.  Really you owe it to yourself.

Please note for most of these books, stamp covers and postcards we only have one copy, so first come first served.

Also we only take cash, or cheques – not credit or debit – we are still struggling to enter the 20th century!

See Don at the SD & G Historical Society’s table at the Heritage Fair Sat. Feb. 24 from 9 pm to 4 pm.


Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | February 11, 2018

SD&G Historical Society Newsletter

Our newsletter is sent to Members of the Society. However, in light of the exceptional year that we’ve experienced, in no small measure thanks to our supporters and community partners, we are publishing a version of the current newsletter online for the benefit of anyone with an interest.

If your browser has a pdf plug-in you may view the document online. By using the free Adobe viewer software, you may download it for offline reading.


Newsletter_2018-02_non-member edition

Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 9, 2018

Historic Cornwall Postcards and books for sale at Cornwall’s Heritage Fair.

A black and white postcard showing a section of Pitt looking north across from the old Palace Theatre during the great fire of August 7, 1933.  This rare postcard will be on sale far below ebay prices at $5 at the Cornwall Community Museum’s table at this year’s Heritage Fair, Cornwall Square, Sat. Feb. 24, from 9 am to 4 pm.

An Edwardian era postcard of Cornwall’s High School.

The card is interesting but the stamp on the back may be of even more interest to the stamp collector.

The card with stamp will be sold to the first customer for only $4.

Remember all items are HST free.

1940s era postcard of the Cornwall General Hospital, 2nd St. E.  $2.

The Nurse’s residence is on the right.

Did you ever wonder how Reg Kyte got into the stationary business?  Learn all about one of Cornwall’s most beloved stores, in author Joan Levy Earle’s book THE LEGACY OF CW KYTE for only $20, available the the Cornwall Museum’s table at the Heritage Fair to be held at the Cornwall Square Sat. Feb. 24 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Remember we are a historical Society and take cash only, we still haven’t caught up with the 20th century, let alone the 21st!

You will find more than local Cornwall history at the Museum’s table at this year’s Heritage Fair.  This second hand biography of Sir John A. Macdonald is available for $5.

1940s era postcard of the Cornwall Canal at the foot of Augustus Street.  The right hand side or south side of the  postcard is now occupied by Lamoureux Park.  As you can see much of the present park is landfill.  Cost:  $2.

This is just a small selection of books, postcards and other ephemera that will be on sale at the SD & G Historical Society’s table at this year’s Heritage Fair.

Please note, for most of these books and postcards we only have one copy, so don’t delay!





Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 8, 2018

Book Fair at Cornwall’s Heritage Fair

Printed in 1982, this sofcover book is available at a steal for $5. (SOLD)

Visit the Sat. Feb. 24th book fair and heritage fair at the Cornwall Square, 9 pm to 4 pm.

And remember there is no tax on any books you buy!

Printed in 1999 and originally selling for $25, this lightly used copy will be for sale for $15.

This volume deals with the history of the boondoggle about the Cornwall Aces, begging the question – Is Cornwall still a hockey town; our military and religious heritage, the story of Pitt St., recreation and more.

I have often been asked if I ever wrote Vol. II.  The answer is yes, the CORNWALL SCRAPBOOK, now sold out – but you can still obtain copies of my third volume THE LIVING RIVER – SECRETS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE – FROM MONTREAL TO CORNWALL TO PRESCOTT, regularly $30, but at the Fair only $27.

While I am telling you about our discounts, UNFOROTTEN MARY MACK, CORNWALL’S FIRST LADY, by Ginette Guy will sell for $13, $2 off the regular price at the Fair.

Originally selling for $25 this history will be available for $10.

Remember for many of these books we only have one copy!

Ignore the price tag – this column will be on sale for $10.

1940 era postcard of Cornwall’s first Hotel Dieu on Water St. W., only $2.

We will also have a small selection of local postcards well  below ebay prices.

Watch this blog for more Fair specials!

Remember to visit the SD & G Historical Society’s table at Cornwall Square on Sat. Feb. 24th from 9 pm to 4 pm.  Also remember all purchases are cash only, we are a historical society credit cards didn’t exist when we were formed!



Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | February 7, 2018

Local History Book Sale – Heritage Fair, Cornwall.

RUNNING DOWN THE RAPIDS – an illustrated history of running the Long Sault Rapids by boat is just one of the many local histories that will be on sale at the SD & G Historical Society/Cornwall Museum booth at the Heritage Fair to be held on Saturday 24th at the Cornwall Square from 9 am to 4 pm.  Cost for this slightly used copy $10.

A postcard showing the steamship “Algerian” running the Long Sault Rapids, circa 1900.  The vessel was known at the “Algerian,” the “Bavarian” and the “Cornwall,” it ended its career as a tugboat.

The booklet RUNNING DOWN THE RAPIDS has photographs of more than 30 riverboats, as well as a short history of Richelieu and Ottawa Navigation Co., and the Montreal and Cornwall Navigation Co.

Steering wheel from the S.S. Filgate.  The print to the right shows the vessel running the Lachine Rapids, from the Canadian Illustrated News, May 31, 1879.

The steering wheel from the Filgate was donated to the Cornwall Museum in 1972.

This vessel is one of the many shown in RUNNING DOWN THE RAPIDS, one copy only is available at the Cornwall Square On Feb. 24th, for $10.

Here is a rare local history, available at the Heritage Fair at the Cornwall Museum’s stand for only $20.

For the Heritage Fair only this book is available for $27.

The book covers local river lore, the building of the Seaway, the creation of the Lost Villages, military history and much more.  Over 150 photographs, many never seen before.

Do you like antiques, but can’t afford them?  This richly illustrated book written by Royal Ontario Museum curator Donald Webster, shows you some of the finest in Ontario.  Printed in 1979, it has not been replaced by any other work.  Well worth $20, and available along with other books at the Cornwall Community Museum’s table at the Heritage Fair, Sat. Feb. 24th, at the Cornwall Square, 9 am to 4 pm.


Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | January 21, 2018

Walter’s Meat Market – in the Square Mile Town

Recently we were paid a visit by Richard Vinet and son, whose father / grandfather operated a mom and pop grocery store / butcher shop in Cornwall. They brought us a donation of 14 relevant vintage photos.

Walter Vinet purchased the brick structure at n.e. corner of Fourth Street West at Bedford Street, taking over the F. Gosselin Market located in the west corner unit. This photo is circa 1951.

At different times the Vinet family lived beside and above the store in the complex which is home to a handful of families today. Today the units bear the addresses of 235, 237, 239 a and b and 241; all units are now residential.

2018-3.1g_Walters Mt Mkt_int_1_webVinet sold the business to Norman McCrimmon, while the Vinets continued to live upstairs at 239  a. We see evidence of this change in the 1959 City Directory. In 1963 much of the building was vacant. Other retailers later took their turn occupying the store, including a reptile house.

Vinet also purchased the apartment building directly across Bedford Street, which is of the same architectural style and vintage; that building continues to be home to families, but the exterior has since been sided over.

Previously, for a time in the 1940’s, Vinet’s store was located on Montreal Road, visible behind this early delivery vehicle.

This photo is believed to depict the Maple Leaf Meat operation in Montreal, where Walter learned the butcher trade.

The Vinets later purchased the duplex (later triplex) at 20-22-24 Lawrence Avenue from the Viatorian Fathers, which the clerics had utilized as the beginning of what became the Classical College prior to the development at Wind Mill Point. The above photo is from our existing collection.

Your Museum and Archives is delighted to receive this photo donation and asks that you consider sharing with us any photos that you have of historic Cornwall businesses, etc.



Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | January 11, 2018

St. Lawrence High School Yearbooks

Recently the Museum and Archives received a donation from Sue Makinson which included three St. Lawrence High School yearbooks, which had belonged to her mother, Dorothy (Anderson) McDonald.




We are pleased to include these in our selection of yearbooks which, for St. Lawrence High School, includes 1959, 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 67, 71, 72, 75 and 2000 from both the old and new schools. We also have booklets from commencement exercises and course calendars.

These yearbooks and others from several area schools are accessible at your Museum and Archives during regular hours.

Thank you, Sue, for being our first official donor of 2018!


Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | January 6, 2018

Changes to Pitt Street North – Pt 2

Continuing on  from where we left off in Part 1 of this series …

1447 Pitt Street is now home to an automobile repair shop.

1503 Pitt right next door now houses two restaurants.

The convenience store across the street now operates under a different brand.

Further north, the car dealership at 1515 Pitt Street has been replaced by a fitness centre, which has expanded the footprint.

Right next door at 1525 Pitt, the home renovation center has been replaced by a furniture chain store.

Further along the street at 1613, the natural gas company office has been transformed into a popular dining spot.

Next door, the once popular Bob Auline chicken and rib eatery has witnessed a series of restaurants/pubs come and go. It is now home to a Thai restaurant.

Across the street, the service station has become the base of operation for an hvac company. And across Emma, while the soda shop/convenience store remains, the used car dealer is now an automobile accessory shop.

To the north of that complex, Surgeson Electric has moved to Tyotown and been replaced by a wine and beer kit store. Across Pitt Street, another tool rental company has taken over the Atlas site.

Follow this LINK to see some businesses which previously operated at the foot of this overpass.

The SD&G Historical Society colour photographs on this page were taken in September of 1989.


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