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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Dietrich Law as part of our Community Leaders Program.


When Beatty Bros. brought music to the ears of Fergus

When Beatty Bros. brought music to the ears of Fergus

In this Then and Now feature, Ed Butts looks at when Beatty Brothers paid to have a bandmaster come to town to run its 'well-organized factory band'
Elora town crier was also its official bill-poster

Elora town crier was also its official bill-poster

'Professor' David S. Ritchie also brought first motion pictures to town ... in 1906
Christmas dinner has evolved since early days of Elora, Fergus

Christmas dinner has evolved since early days of Elora, Fergus

While some food has changed, some things remain key to celebrating custom
Remembering some of those who lost their lives during war

Remembering some of those who lost their lives during war

Brief insights into some of the people behind the names on the Elora and Fergus cenotaphs
Born in Elora ... the Canadian khaki military uniform?

Born in Elora ... the Canadian khaki military uniform?

Volunteer Rifle Company of Elora found a fawn-coloured cloth (what we now call khaki) was 'the least conspicuous and the most economical'
HMCS Fergus honoured Centre Wellington's 'sailor's town'

HMCS Fergus honoured Centre Wellington's 'sailor's town'

The HMCS Fergus served the country proud during World War II
Treasure buried along the Irvine River? So the tale goes

Treasure buried along the Irvine River? So the tale goes

Salem resident Arthur Shafer believed there was
A look at the history of St. Andrew's church in Fergus

A look at the history of St. Andrew's church in Fergus

At one point, it was the only church between Guelph and Georgian Bay
Elora's John Connon developed one of the first panoramic cameras

Elora's John Connon developed one of the first panoramic cameras

Early 20th century photographer shot scenes in Elora and Fergus, along the Grand and Irvine rivers
Fergus is home to Ontario's oldest, continuous curling club

Fergus is home to Ontario's oldest, continuous curling club

'There’s nae game like curling. It’s an honest sensible game. It’s an honest couthie game is curling,' said William Weems