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Inniskillin Wines

This exhibit examines the founding and expansion of Inniskillin winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake and their pioneering role in the development of Canadian wineries .


As part of its 2020-2021 programming, the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture will curate a virtual space on the theme of interiors, interiority, and confinement, the role they play in collective life and/or how they may be contested. The exhibit will seek to explore the shifting boundaries of intimacy and domesticity in a dynamic virtual space, presenting mutli-disciplinary content and critical engagement.

James A. Gibson, Brock University's Founding President

This is an exhibit highlighting the man who became Brock University's founding president, James A. Gibson

Lachlan McCallum

This exhibit explores the highlights of the life and career of Lachlan McCallum (1823-1903), a Canadian politician who served as a Member of Parliament and Senator. Some political issues of the time are examined in a series of correspondence between himself and Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald.

Lake Lodge School, Grimsby, Ontario

Lake Lodge School was located in Grimsby, Ontario

Laura Blackwell De Turczynowicz

The musical career of Laura Blackwell DeTurczynowicz

Loretto Academy, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Loretto Convent/Academy was located above the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls Stereo Cards

This exhibit showcases stereo cards featuring Niagara Falls and the Niagara River, including the rapids, whirlpool, observation points, and bridges. Some related tourist attractions are also featured.

Niagara in Winter

This exhibit explores some of the history of Niagara related to winter, including the ice bridge below Niagara Falls, the collapse of the steel arch bridge in 1938, ice jams in the Niagara River, and local winter sports.

Niagara Symphony Orchestra

In 1948, The St. Catharines Civic Orchestra was founded by Jan Wolanek who was also the first conductor. Initially, this was a community orchestra and in 1963 its governing body assumed the name St. Catharines Symphony Association. In 1978 the name was again changed, this time to The Niagara Symphony Association to reflect regional responsibilities. The Niagara Symphony continues to entertain the citizens of Niagara and beyond. It is now a fully professional orchestra. This site is a brief history of the orchestra and its various accomplishments.


This exhibit examines the varied uses of postcards using examples from Archives and Special Collections.

Preserving Niagara's Unique Landscape and History

This exhibit examines some of the groups and individuals committed to preserving Niagara's unique lands, waterfalls, rivers, and history.

Rebellion of 1837-38 in Niagara

This exhibit explores the events of the Rebellion of 1837-38 in Niagara and the lingering effect this had on the relationship between the United States and the British Colony of Canada. William Lyon Mackenzie's retreat to Navy Island after his failed rebellion in Toronto, and the ensuing events that brought Canada and the United States to the brink of war, are examined.

Reconstructing Port Dalhousie

Port Dalhousie, today, is popular for its beaches, the carousel and the colourful Lakeside Park. “Reconstructing Port Dalhousie” will focus on Port Dalhousie as an important shipping harbor as well as how it became known for its recreation. This online exhibit features collections that date back to the 18th century and are from Brock University Archives, St. Catharines Museum, and Ontario Archives.

Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff (1894-1918)

Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff went off to World War One in 1916. He was killed in action on the July 13, 1918 as a member of the 116th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). His grave is in Wailly Orchard Cemetery. Wailly is a village about six kilometers south-west of Arras in France.

Samuel Jarvis

This exhibit examines some of the highlights of Samuel Jarvis' life and career, using material found in Brock University Archives and Special Collections.

Sean O'Sullivan

This exhibit examines the highlights of the political career of Sean O'Sullivan (1952-1989), who entered public life at age twenty. The influence that Canadian Prime Minster John Diefenbaker had on O'Sullivan's political aspirations and career is also explored.

Shopping with the Woodruff Family in St. Catharines

This is based on receipts from the Woodruff Family Fonds. The receipts are dated from 1876-1888. We follow the Woodruff family as they shop and do business in the core of downtown St. Catharines, Ontario.

So Many Catharine's

The city of St. Catharines has a unique spelling. There are many theories about of the origins of the spelling. The most interesting one is that the city was named in honour of a woman. This exhibit highlights the many early female inhabitants of the city that also used this unique spelling of their name.

Stamford Ontario Tourism and Trade

Stamford, Ontario was an idyllic village in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Businesses and tourist trade were integral to its development. This is a brief history based on the Stamford area focusing on the Stamford Green Plaza and the Town and Country Plaza as well as other relevant businesses.

The Diary of Winnie Beam - 1900

Winnie May Beam was born in St. Catharines on January 7, 1889. The pages of her diary held in this website were penned by her in 1900 at the age of 19. Each day she wrote a few brief lines chronicling her life and the life of St. Catharines for this one brief year.

The Friends and Relations of George and Elizabeth (Smith) Field

The George Field fonds in the Archives at Brock University Library contains a great assortment of photographs from the mid to late 19th century. Who were these individuals and what and how are they connected to George and Elizabeth Field? Some questions may be answered and others will remain forever a mystery.

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