Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Images of Burlington

Images of Burlington
is now available in local book stores and from our

Please contact info@canadianheritagebooks.com for more information.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

First Here - chapter excerpt

Log cabin used to house tavern as early as 1796

The first tavern that is known to have existed in present-day downtown Hamilton was a log building located at the northwest corner of King and Wellington streets. Its original name appears to have been Smith's Tavern and it was in operation by 1796, about 20 years before Hamilton was founded.

By the mid-1830s a number of other taverns and hotels had been erected along King Street. One of these was Andrew "Yankee" Miller's Steamboat Hotel, a two-storey frame building located at the northwest corner of King and James streets. Adjacent to it, along the west side of James Street, was an orchard of apple trees. The Steamboat Hotel was destroyed by fire on Nov. 16, 1832, but Miller quickly rebuilt and he was back in business by January, 1833.

One of the first brick buildings to be constructed in downtown Hamilton was the Mansion House Hotel located at the southwest corner of King and John streets.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

First Here - chapter excerpt

Staunch monarchist sparked the idea for Empire Day

The term "Empire Day" is one which much seem quaint and somewhat foreign to those who populate Canada in the 21st century. However, 100 years ago, Empire Day was a very important event in the life and times of early 20th century Hamilton. Specific people and events sparked the idea of celebrating all that was British within the wide expanse of the British Empire.

The originator of this special day was someone who identified herself both physically and spiritually with Queen Victoria and who, like the Queen, dressed in black with white accents.

Clementina Trenholme Fessenden, who was born in 1884, married the Rev. Elisha Joseph Fessenden in 1865. After serving a parish in Chippewa, the couple moved to St. John's Anglican Church in Ancaster in 1893.

As staunch monarchists, Clementina and her husband were concerned with the threatened loosening of Canada's ties with the British Empire because of the close proximity to the United States. Popular talk of continentalism and annexation led them to discuss ways to strengthen ties with Britain through public events such as a flag day or empire day.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Images of Burlington

Early view. Brant Street has changed dramatically since this photograph of lower Brant Street was taken in the early part of the 20th Century.

The photographer was standing at the intersection of Brant and what is now Lakeshore Road shooting north past the Royal Bank building up just beyond Pine Street.

As well as the early car off at left centre, there is a horse and buggy in the distance, and instead of parking meters, there are fancy hitching posts all along the street.

Images of Burlington will be available in local bookstores and from our website on Oct. 29.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fall Preview!

In the coming weeks, we will be previewing two of our new books to be released this October!

Images of Burlington is the 14th book in our popular 'Prints' series of books, with photographs of what Burlington used to look like - many years ago.

First Here is a collection of stories of when things first happened in Hamilton. Firsts such as the fact that Hamilton was the first city in Canada to implement Daylight Savings Time and the first Miss Canada contest was held in Hamilton.

For more information about these books, or when they will be available, please e-mail info@canadianheritagebooks.com or visit our website at www.canadianheritagebooks.com.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

About the author...Bill Manson (Getting Around Hamilton and Footsteps in Time series)

Bill Manson is a retired educator and amateur historian. He is the author of four books on local heritage, Up and Down Locke Street South, Getting Around Hamilton: A History of Transportation in Hamilton, Footsteps in Time: Hamilton's first heritage neighbourhoods Beasley, Central, Corktown and Durand (Vol. 1) and Footsteps in Time: Hamilton's Historic Port and North-End Neighbourhood (Vol. 2).

Born, raised and educated in Hamilton, Bill lived much of his life on Locke Street South, and has spent much of his time observing a half-century of change in his hometown.

As an historian, Bill was intrigued by how well our Hamilton ancestors seem to have coped with change. To his bemusement, he found that, in many instances, they were better able to deal with the challenges of change than we do today. He came to realize how influenced we all are by Hamilton's geography, and how creatively our predecessors dealt with its challenges as the city developed into a major North American industrial and transportation centre.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Footsteps in Time Sale! *Sale Extended Until June 21*

Get out and see Hamilton on foot! Footsteps in Time Volume 1 will take you on 18 downtown walking tours of Hamilton's first heritage neighbourhoods (Beasley, Central, Corktown and Durand). Volume 2 includes 5 walking tours of Hamilton's historic Port and North-End neighbourhoods.

From May 22 until June 21, buy Footsteps in Time Volume 1 and get Volume 2 for free!

Please see our website:
www.canadianheritagebooks.com for more information on these books!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Read about us in The Toronto Star!

Toronto writer Jerry Langton has written a story about our company's Facebook page! Please visit the following link to read more about us in The Toronto Star!


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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mother's Day Sale!

It's time to celebrate Mom! Why not buy her something different this year, one of our books! From May 1 - 11, books in our 'Local History Books' section are 30% off! This includes Brant Inn Memories, Vanished Hamilton III and The Prints of King! Please visit us at www.canadianheritagebooks.com.

Monday, April 28, 2008

About the author...Margaret Houghton (Vanished Hamilton series and Hamilton at War)

Margaret Houghton is employed as the archivist in the Special Collections Department of the Hamilton Public Library. Born and educated in Hamilton, Margaret has been employed by the library since 1978.

She is past president of the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society. She was involved in their projects to rebuild the Gore Park Fountain and to erect a memorial to the MacNab family in Hamilton Cemetery.

She has been the president of the Players' Guild of Hamilton (the oldest continuous little theatre group in North America) and has been an active member of that society since 1979.

Margaret has edited several books including: Vanished Hamilton, Vanished Hamilton II and Vanished Hamilton III as well as Hamilton at War: On the home front

Thursday, April 3, 2008

About the author...Stewart Brown (Brant Inn Memories)

Stewart Brown was born May 3, 1938, in Hamilton, Ontario, where his dad was playing saxophone with the Jack Faerigan Orchestra at the Royal Connaught Hotel.

Stewart played dance-band drums during university days at McMaster, before beginning a reporting career that lasted 42 years at The Hamilton Spectator.

More than half that time was devoted to entertainment writing - live theatre, movies, pop music - plus a spell in the sports department covering the Tiger-Cats, Blue Jays and curling.

About the author...

As a new feature, we will now be posting 'About the author' information on some of our popular authors and contributors. The first author to be in the spotlight will be Stewart Brown, author of Brant Inn Memories.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We've added an extra week to our Spring Sale!

We are celebrating the arrival of spring by having a sale! All books in our "Local History Books" section will be 30% off from March 20 - April 4th. This sale also includes our new and extremely popular Brant Inn Memories book! Please visit us at www.canadianheritagebooks.com.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Brant Inn Memories - chapter excerpt

Brant Inn was swinging during the Dirty Thirties
The stock market crash of 1929 ushered in the "Dirty Thirties", hardly a decade conducive to making whoopee. Yet the Great Depression nurtured a yearning for something - anything - to ease the pain of hard times.

The Grand Theatre in Hamilton, for instance, offered an entertainment schedule that ranged from legitimate theatre and dance recitals, vaudeville and burlesque shows, to boxing, wrestling and dance marathons. Something for everyone.

The Brant Inn stuck mainly to Ontario dance bands in the early Thirties, often looking to London for orchestras led by Arch Cunningham, the Wright Brothers - Bill, Ernie, Don and Clark - from the University of Western Ontario, Ken Steele from the Hotel London, and the man with the fancy moniker, La'Pierre Muir, also from Western.

Then, in May, 1933, the Brant brought in McKinney's Cotton Pickers, the first American band to play the Burlington nightspot in almost four years. Though the Brant, like other area dance halls and movie theatres, had lowered admission prices for Depression patrons (50 cents per couple Wednesdays through Fridays and $1.10 on Saturdays), the tariff for the McKinney band was $2 for two tickets.

The next year - 1934 - saw Murray Anderson, restrauranteur Cec Roberts and Roberts' accountant, Clifford Kendall, team up to rent the Brant Inn from A.B. Coleman. The Swing Era was percolating......

Friday, January 18, 2008

Brant Inn Memories is finally available!

We have just received the shipment of the nostalgic new book on Burlington's famous old Brant Inn! Be one of the first to relive those wonderful old memories today!

To purchase your copy of Brant Inn Memories, please visit our website at www.canadianheritagebooks.com.

For more information, please e-mail info@canadianheritagebooks.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Book Launch date for Brant Inn Memories!

Please come and join us on Sunday February 3, 2008 for the official book launch for Brant Inn Memories! The launch will be held at the Burlington Central Library, in the Centennial Room from 2-4 p.m. This is your chance to purchase Brant Inn Memories, meet author Stewart Brown and have him sign it for you! This book will make a wonderful Valentine's Day gift!

*NOTE** Due to a tremendous interest in this event, advanced confirmation of attendance has resulted in the Centennial Room reaching capacity. However, Stewart Brown will be in attendance at the library for the Heritage Seminars on Sat. Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Please see the library's website for more details.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Brant Inn Memories

The nostalgic new book on Burlington's famous Brant Inn and its entertainers, Brant Inn Memories will be available in a few weeks. For now, here's an excerpt from one of the chapters.

For more information about this book, please e-mail info@canadianheritagebooks.com or visit our website at www.canadianheritagebooks.com.

A night at the Brant Inn was a night to remember

Whatever the decade, a night at the Brant Inn was something special. Indeed, it was usually a special occasion - a birthday, an engagement, a chance to hear a name American band - that prompted a visit.

The Brant, most of all, was a dancing place that attracted a dancing crowd: fox trots and waltzes and the occasional polka and maybe a Latin move like the rumba. You went in couples. You dressed up. No tie or jacket? Well, then, you'd have to rent them from the checkroom stockpile.

Whether it was the indoor Lido Deck or the outdoor Sky Club, your anticipation of the evening had been whetted by the Saturday night remote broadcasts on CBC radio that made the Brant Inn a familiar name across Canada and into the United States.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

This month in local history: Jan. 1 - Jan. 31

Jan. 01, 1957: City of Hamilton takes over beach from Burlington Beach Commission

Jan. 08, 1833: Act to incorporate the Town of Hamilton

Jan. 14, 1879: Modern fire department comes into existence

Jan. 16, 1847: Colin Campbell Ferrie elected first mayor of the City of Hamilton

Jan. 18, 1854: First Great Western Railway train arrives in Hamilton

Jan. 25, 1884: Temperature plunges to -30.6 C

Jan. 30, 1826: Desjardins Canal Company incorporated

source: 2008 Hamilton Heritage Calendar