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

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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 or visit our website at

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