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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.


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
Elora train derailment of 1916 cost retired church minister his life

Elora train derailment of 1916 cost retired church minister his life

Charles E. Stafford died from his injuries three days after a passenger car tipped over
Fergus native 'Bucko' McDonald made his presence known in the NHL

Fergus native 'Bucko' McDonald made his presence known in the NHL

Hard-hitting defenceman won three Stanley Cups, played in the longest game and coached a young Bobby Orr
Legendary actor Charles Meakins finished his days in Elora

Legendary actor Charles Meakins finished his days in Elora

After many roles on stage, including as Prince Danillo in 'The Merry Widow,' Meakins retired to the Elora community
Remembering Centre Wellington's Titanic victim

Remembering Centre Wellington's Titanic victim

'We are changing ships and coming home in a new, unsinkable boat'
Elora is no stranger to Christmas movie shoots

Elora is no stranger to Christmas movie shoots

Town stood in for New Hampshire settlement in 'An American Christmas Carol'
How the Fergus cenotaph came to be ... it's not what you may think

How the Fergus cenotaph came to be ... it's not what you may think

Dr. Norman M. Craig wrote and produced a musical in order to fundraise for it in 1933
Elora teacher David Boyle became Canada's first professional archaeologiest

Elora teacher David Boyle became Canada's first professional archaeologiest

In this Then and Now feature, we look at a man instrumental in promoting archaeology as a science, not just something done by amateurs
Former slave, soldier settled land that's now part of Fergus

Former slave, soldier settled land that's now part of Fergus

In this Then and Now feature, we look at the life of Richard Pierpoint, granted 100 acres of land along Grand River in Garafraxa Township in recognition to his efforts during the War of 1812