Monday, December 17, 2007

Last week of book signings before Christmas!


Wed. Dec. 19, (2 - 4 p.m.) - Coles Burlington Mall, Burlington (Gary Evans)
Wed. Dec. 19, (7 - 9 p.m.) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)

Thurs. Dec. 20, (12 - 2 p.m.) - Coles Jackson Square, Hamilton (Gary Evans)
Thurs. Dec. 20, (3 - 5 p.m.) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)
Thurs. Dec. 20, (6 - 8 p.m.) - Coles Burlington Mall, Burlington (Gary Evans)

Fri. Dec. 21, (12- 2 p.m.) - Coles Jackson Square, Hamilton (Gary Evans)
Fri. Dec. 21, (3 - 5 p.m.) - Coles Eastgate Square, Hamilton (Gary Evans)
Fri. Dec. 21, (7 - 9 p.m.) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)

Sat. Dec. 22, (10 a.m. - 12) - Coles Burlington Mall, Burlington (Gary Evans)
Sat. Dec. 22, (1 - 3 p.m. ) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)

For more information on these book signings, please e-mail info@canadianheritagebooks.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Twelve Days of Christmas Sale!


We're having another sale! Buy any book from our website www.canadianheritagebooks.com from Dec. 5-16 and save 30%! These twelve days are the perfect time to finish (or start!) your Christmas shopping!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

More book signing dates!


Fri. Dec. 7,
(12 - 2 p.m.) - Coles Jackson Square, Hamilton (Margaret Houghton)
Fri. Dec. 7, (3 - 5 p.m.) - Coles Eastgate Square, Hamilton (Gary Evans)
Fri. Dec. 7, (6 - 8 p.m.) - Coles Limeridge Mall, Hamilton (Gary Evans)

Sat. Dec. 8, (10 a.m. - 12) - Coles Burlington Mall, Burlington (Gary Evans)
Sat. Dec. 8, (1 - 3 p.m.) - Coles Limeridge Mall, Hamilton (Margaret Houghton)
Sat. Dec. 8, (1 - 3 p.m.) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)

Thurs. Dec. 13, (7 - 9 p.m.) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)

Fri. Dec. 14, (3 - 5 p.m.) - Coles Eastgate Square, Hamilton (Gary Evans)
Fri. Dec. 14, (7 - 9 p.m.) - Coles Mapleview Centre, Burlington (Gary Evans)


For more information on these book signings, please e-mail info@canadianheritagebooks.com.

Friday, November 16, 2007

We're having a sale!

Buy any book, calendar or poster from our website, canadianheritagebooks.com between Nov. 17-25 and save 30%! This is an excellent opportunity to start your Christmas shopping!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Book Signings!

We are in the process of updating our list of book signings for November and December! If you were unable to attend the Vanished Hamilton III book launch, or wish to buy a book from our Prints series and have the author sign it, this is your chance to do so! Our books make unique gifts!

November dates:

Sat. Nov. 10, (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) - Waterdown Book Fair, St. James United Church, 306 Parkside Dr., Waterdown, ON. (Gary Evans and Margaret Houghton)

Fri. Nov. 23, (12 - 2 p.m.) - Coles Jackson Square, Hamilton (Gary Evans)
Fri. Nov. 23, (1 p.m. - ?) - Titles Bookstore, McMaster University, Hamilton (Margaret Houghton)


For more information on these book signings, please e-mail: info@canadianheritagebooks.com.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Vanished Hamilton III book launch a success!


Thank you to everyone who attended and helped out at the launch of Vanished Hamilton III. It was a great success! If you were unable to attend the event yesterday, in the coming days we will be posting a list of book signings at local bookstores where you can purchase the book and have editor Margaret Houghton sign it for you!

Unsigned copies can also be purchased from our online store and from Chapters/Indigo.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Vanished Hamilton III book launch date is announced!



Please join us at the book launch for Vanished Hamilton III and meet editor Margaret Houghton and some of the other authors of this third book in the popular Vanished Hamilton series.

Please click on invitation for a full size image.

Questions can be e-mailed to us at: info@canadianheritagebooks.com for more information about this launch.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Vanished Hamilton III - Mills stores

Vanished Hamilton III should be available in a few weeks, but until then, here is an excerpt from the first story.

Mills stores
From fine china to hardware

James Mills came to Canada in 1793 at the age of 19 to trade furs with the natives. He visited the area around the southwestern end of Lake Ontario called the Head-of-the-Lake, finally settling in what would become Ancaster in 1800.

In 1816, he and his family moved to what would be the area of Hamilton around Queen and Main streets, thus laying the roots for what would become one of Hamilton's most notable retail establishments.

In 1888, three of his descendents, Robert, Edwin and Stanley, started Stanley Mills & Co. The store was located on the corner of John and Jackson streets and was originally a hardware store. In 1896, they added dry goods, clothing, groceries and notions as well as other merchandise making it the second department store in Hamilton after The Right House. Consumers were pleased by the convenience of the store and it was always busy.

The department store became particularly known for its china department which was run by Robert Mills, a noted china connoisseur....


Monday, September 10, 2007

Vanished Hamilton III


Vanished Hamilton III is at the printers! We are still expecting to have the book available for an early October launch. Details of the book launch venue and chapter excerpts will follow in the coming weeks.

Vanished Hamilton III will be featured on our website at
www.canadianheritagebooks.com. It can be purchased through the website or from any of the Hamilton and area bookstores as well as on-line at www.Indigo.ca for $21.95.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Brant Inn Memories

It’s been gone from the landscape for almost 40 years, and yet the Brant Inn is still fondly remembered as one of Canada’s leading nightspots.

Situated in the heart of Burlington at the edge of Lake Ontario, the Brant Inn attracted most of North America’s famous entertainers - entertainers such as Satchmo Armstrong, Liberace, Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo and many, many other famous stars.

In fact, during the heyday of the Brant Inn, this was the in place for entertainers, performing, depending on the season, on the Lido Deck or the Sky Club, where at one time the waters lapped underneath the stage area.

The Brant Inn was famous for not only the entertainers it attracted, but also for hosting the Miss Canada pageant, and for its weekly broadcasts aired across the country which helped put Burlington on the entertainment map. And it was famous for its exotic food, served in the Hale Kai Restaurant, food ranging from Polynesian to Chinese to Western.

North Shore Publishing is now going to help readers relive those nostalgic days as a new book is being published, Brant Inn Memories, just in time for the Christmas season.

The book is being written by former Spectator writer Stewart Brown, who has a long – and deep – connection with the Brant Inn as his dad played there for many years, providing the writer with an intimate knowledge of the establishment and the stars.

Stewart has interviewed many individuals who have had a connection with the Brant Inn over the years, and through many of these people, he was able to secure a great number of fascinating photographs – of the inn, the stars, those associated with running the inn, and guests enjoying the opportunity to dance the night away to the sounds of some of the world’s most famous entertainers.
Brant Inn Memories will be filled with nostalgia, bringing back fond memories for ever so many people.

Brant Inn Memories will be available for $24.95 at Chapters/Indigo, as well as many other bookstores, Chapters Online, and directly from North Shore Publishing. Additional ordering details will be released as the launch date approaches.


Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This week in local history: July 30 - Aug. 5

Aug. 1, 1958: Princess Margaret presents new regimental colours to Highland Light Infantry of Canada.

Aug. 2, 1879: Providence picnic held as a fund-raiser to purchase the former Coleman residence.

Aug. 3, 1915: Ewart's Dam collapses after major storm and is never rebuilt.

Aug. 4, 1931: St. Paul's Church destroyed by fire.

source: Vanished Hamilton and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Monday, July 23, 2007

This week in local history: July 23 - July 29

July 24, 1872: Senator Donald McInnes buys Dundurn Castle for $27,000.

July 25, 1875: George Rolph, one of Dundas' wealthiest landowners, dies.

July 26, 2005: First Citizenship Court held in Dundas.

July 28, 1847: Dundas officially incorporated as a town by an Act of Parliament.

source: Vanished Hamilton and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This week in local history: July 9 - July 15

July 9, 1916: 205th Tiger Battalion parade to GTR station for trip overseas.

July 10, 1946: Canada’s first drive-in theatre, the Skyway, opened in Stoney Creek.

July 12, 1849: Sir William Osler born in Bond Head.

July 14, 1868: Hottest day ever as thermometer hits 41.4 degrees C.

July 15, 1846: First issue of Hamilton Spectator published.

source: Vanished Hamilton and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

This week in local history: July 2 - July 8

July 2, 1978: Fund-raising starts to renovate former Waterdown township hall as library.

July 3, 1826: Dundas resident George Rolph tarred and feathered.

July 5, 1950: Hamilton raffles off house to help Red River flood victims.

July 8, 1984: Dieter Brock (Hamilton Tiger-Cats), sets record throwing 58 passes against Saskatchewan.


source: Vanished Hamilton and Waterdown Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 25, 2007

This week in local history: June 25-July 1

June 25, 1906: Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, destroyed by fire.

June 26, 1913: Rotary Club of Hamilton chartered.

June 28, 1878: Hamilton District Telegraph Company incorporated.

June 29, 1947: Dundas' Centennial celebrations get off to roaring start.

June 30, 1931: Last train runs on the Brantford and Hamilton Electric Railway; the radial age ends.

July 1, 1912: Canada Day. First passenger train arrives in Waterdown after official opening of CPR line.

source: Vanished Hamilton, Waterdown and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 18, 2007

This week in local history: June 18-24

June 18, 1828: Circus comes to Dundas for the first time.

June 19, 1856: Waterworks inaugurated by HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, during the first Royal visit to Hamilton.

June 21, 1951: Clappison Drive-in officially opens.

June 22, 1911: Waterdown native W.O. Sealey invited to attend the coronation of King George the 5th.

June 23, 1966: Waterdown South Railway Station burns down.

source: Vanished Hamilton, Dundas and Waterdown Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Book Signing!

Margaret Houghton, editor of popular local books Hamilton at War, Vanished Hamilton, and Vanished Hamilton II, will be at a book signing tomorrow (Tues. June 12/07), 12 - 2 pm, at Coles in Jackson Square, Hamilton.

This is your chance to come out and meet Margaret, purchase a book and have her sign it for you! For more information or directions, please e-mail info@canadianheritagebooks.com.

This week in local history: June 11-17

June 11, 1925: First traffic lights in Canada go into operation at the Delta.

June 12, 1912: Imperial Car Co. founded, next month renamed National Steel Car.

June 14, 1853: Wentworth County is formally separated from Halton County.

June 15, 1912: Spectator holds a fly-swatting contest; winner delivers 38,900 flies.

June 16, 1849: James Belle Ewart presides over the first Town Council meeting in the new Dundas Town Hall.

June 17, 1967: Hamilton's Centennial project, the restored Dundurn Castle, opens.


source: Vanished Hamilton and Dundas Heritage calendars.

Monday, June 4, 2007

This week in local history: June 4-10

June 5, 1878: Bylaw passed incorporating Waterdown as a village.

June 6, 1913: Battlefield Monument unveiled electronically by Queen Mary.

June 7, 1946: Central Collegiate destroyed in spectacular fire.

June 9, 1955: Rotary Club of Waterdown receives its charter.

June 10, 1925: As a result of church union, Wesleyan Methodist becomes a United Church.
source: Vanished Hamilton and Waterdown Heritage calendars.

New feature!

We will now be including a new weekly feature highlighting events in local history. These historic references will be taken from our Vanished Hamilton, Waterdown Heritage and Dundas Heritage calendars.



Thursday, May 10, 2007

Gore Park Fountain

The original Gore Park Fountain was almost 100 years old when it was dismantled, shortly after this photograph was taken in 1959. After flirting with a fountain designed to look more like a flying saucer, a replica of the original fountain was later constructed on the site. That's King Street off to the right, and those stores under the Westinghouse sign are now long gone, demolished to make way for Jackson Square.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

East End Incline Railway

Hamilton's Wentworth Street Incline Railway was built in 1895 and made an estimated 20 million trips up and down the Mountain! More information and photographs about this incline railway can be found in our Prints Across the Mountain book. This photograph will soon be available as a poster-sized print!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Vanished discovered, again


With two extremely successful volumes already in the marketplace, work is now progressing on Vanished Hamilton III.

The Vanished Hamilton series spotlights aspects of Hamilton that have vanished from the landscape, such as the incline railways, the Sunken Garden at McMaster University, popular old theatres including the Capitol or Palace, the famous old Neilson's sign at Wolf Island, the Crystal Palace, and yes, the Beach Amusement Park.
Hamilton, for instance, had two incline railways, both dating back into the 1890s, and both closing down before the start of the Second World War.

The inclines offered much easier access up and down the escarpment, providing sufficient space for farmers and their wagons, and in later years, automobiles. They were fast, scaling the 300-foot escarpment in 90 seconds, efficient, and cheap, with a ride up the Mountain costing all of one cent at one time.
And then they were gone.

It was intended that Vanished Hamilton would be a one only project, but new story ideas blossomed as soon as volume one was completed, leading to Vanished Hamilton II.

The response, once again, was overwhelming with copies of the book flying off the bookshelves. As with the VH I, VHII featured scores of things nostalgic, things that have vanished - a huge school, the Studebaker plant, a Carnegie Library, and even the Studebaker plant.

Vanished Hamilton III will also be filled with nostalgia - Mountain access routes, swing bridges, the old Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, the School of Nursing, even Hamilton's armored car, built to protect the city during the Second World War.
A large number of authors are already at work, researching their stories; pictures are being secured, and already the format is rounding into shape.

Like the other two books in this series, Vanished Hamilton III will be edited by Margaret Houghton, archivist at the Special Collections Department, Hamilton Public Library. The authors include members of the eight historical societies in the Greater Hamilton area, offering their unique talents as writers of Hamilton's history.

It is expected that Vanished Hamilton III will be ready for an early October launch. The book will be featured on our website at www.canadianheritagebooks.com. It can be purchased through the website or from any of the Hamilton and area bookstores as well as on-line at www.Indigo.ca for $21.95.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rare photograph

This rare photograph is a fascinating treasure that we found for our soon to be released book, The Prints of King.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Prints of King

If you have taken a look at our website, or if you have been to any of the books store in the Hamilton/Burlington area, or even looked at the Indigo website, you will know that we have already published 12 books in the Prints series.

And yes, we are already working on yet another in the series, one with a title which is sure to turn a few heads.

The Prints of King has been in the works for a number of years, but it seems that many other projects have stepped in the way. Now, The Prints of King is well under way; in fact, we have scanned in more than 100 photographs for this latest nostalgic look at Hamilton.

Many people have been confused by our title for this series: confusing the Prints of with the Prince of, and of course this has been deliberate. The books have nothing to do with royalty, but everything to do with photographs - old nostalgic photographs which bring back memories of another era.

And, we suspect, that Prints and King in the same title will be even more confusing. And that's good, and at least in this case.

The Prints of King is about a street; perhaps the oldest street in Hamilton, one that starts at the McMaster campus, travels through the downtown core, out through Stoney Creek until it finally ends many miles from its starting point. The photographs in this book, some dating back more than 100 years, will show many neighborhoods along the street, even the fact that it at one time went right through the McMaster campus, right past Highway 102 (Cootes Drive) in fact. The expansion of the campus changed all that but we have been able to uncover photographs to show what was, so many years ago.

As with all the Prints books, the latest in the series will be filled with nostalgia as many of the scenes are long gone, including many of the old downtown buildings. Imagine the heart of the city with no traffic lights, the Birks Building with its Clock of the Charging Horsemen, two-way traffic, magnificient theatres, a fortress for a bus station, a park in the middle of the downtown core, the Red Hill Valley before major construction. And more.

Our selection of photographs is fantastic, but if you happen to have a gem showing King Street from another era, please let us know. We can always make last minute switches.

Welcome!

This is the official blog for www.canadianheritagebooks.com. Canadian Heritage Books Blog is designed to encourage discussion and interest about the history of Southern Ontario, specifically the Burlington/Hamilton area.

We will be previewing some of our upcoming book projects, discussing issues relating to the history and heritage of our community and testing your knowledge with local trivia!

Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome!