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 in a regular feature called The Way We Were.
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Image of the Month: Vaughan Township Junior Farmers, January 1938
Members of the Vaughan Township Junior Farmers Short Course, pictured in January of 1938. From left to right: Back Row- Gilbert Agar, unknown, Howard Kitchener, Howard Coles, Wilfred Bowes, M. Chas, B. Fines, unknown, Lawrence Fines, Gordon Avery, Jim Craib, Harold Lund, Clark Peters, Muriel Casley, Vera Kerr, Doris Ireland, Margaret Brownlee, Gordon Bagg, Mae Kersey, Clarence Graham, Clarence Coles, Norma Wylie, Bert Livingston, Wilbert Hadwin. Second Row – Henry Bishop, Lorne Castator, Howard Heacock, Bruce Keffer, Lonne Kellam, Gordon Orr, Carman Livingston, Aubrey Robinson, Bruce Watson, Everard Kellam, Russel Rowntree, Cameron Boake, Bert Bagg, unknown, Edna Keffer, Mrs. Roy Stevenson, Ruth Edwards, Ruth Wiley, Reva Nattress, Sadie Windas, Evelyn Espey, Evalene Bagg, Mrs. William Watson. Front Row – Norah Bagg, unknown, Mary Kerr, Helen Bowes, Katherine Brownlee, Irene WIlliams, Vera Gibbons, Jean Hadwin, W. Moff, F. Cockburn, J.W. McCalla, Laurena Graham, Edith Jackson, Irene Hadwin, Betty Keffer, Doris Cook, Agnes Watson, Phyliss Hamilton, Ruth Smith.
Collection of the Month: Woodbridge Seniors’ Club Fonds
Established in 1979, the Woodbridge Seniors’ Club (branch number 515), was formed as part of a larger network of seniors’ clubs under the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO). Although the USCO primarily advocates on behalf of seniors for better government services and programs, the Woodbridge Senior’s Club (WSC) mainly functioned as a social club, organizing and supporting various community events. Most notably remembered for their involvement in the Woodbridge Fair, the WSC also took part in hosting member trips around the province as well as to the U.S. Over time, membership in the club began to decline and in October of 2012, the remaining members voted unanimously to close the WSC, holding their final meeting in December of the same year. The fonds spans the years of 1972-2013 and consists of textual records, photographs and artifacts detailing the existence of the organization. Items include minute books, financial statements, newsletters, correspondence, as well as certificates, cribbage boards and a wooden mallet.
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