Lambton County Archives Blog
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:00 AM
[IMAGE]The Newton Hat Shop interior photograph from the Sarnia location
[IMAGE] Sarnia Canadian Observer March 14, 1919
Throughout Lambton County's history some businesses have ignited the public imagination and left an interesting legacy. The Newton Hat Shop is one example, a local business first established in Sarnia and eventually moved to Petrolia, owned by Katherine N. Newton. The Lambton Room is fortunate to have some interesting documentation from Newton's business.
Newton was a milliner...
Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:00 AM
I'm conducting research for the Lambton Heritage Museum's 2013 exhibit, Shine: Spotlight on Women of Lambton. I've been looking for good examples of women making positive change in their communities and beyond through formal organizations. In the Lambton Room's vault I found some really interesting material from the Inwood Red Cross Society, not an entirely female society but one with many female members. The Inwood Red Cross Society was established just after the outbreak of WWII to support...
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:00 AM
Doors Open Lambton County has just closed its first year. I had the chance to visit lots of sites over the last two days (but not all of them, too many to see in one weekend!) Here's some of the highlights of my Doors Open weekend. I'd love to hear any comments about places that other people visited and what they saw!
[IMAGE] Charlie Fairbank, fourth generation owner of Fairbank Oil Properties, takes the reins of the horse-drawn wagon tour of his oil property. Charlie took us through the oil fields...
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:00 AM
The County of Lambton is proud to be celebrating its first county-wide Doors Open event this year on September 29 and 30! Doors Open events are celebrations of community heritage that take place every year all across Ontario, Canada and the world. These events provide residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy the sometimes hidden and always interesting places and spaces in Ontario cities, towns, and villages - all free of charge!
Ninety-one sites from across the...
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012 12:00 AM
With Electro-Motive making waves in the media recently, I settled on a locomotive theme to start off the year. In September of 1891, Sarnia made international waves with the opening of the St. Clair Tunnel. The tunnel was a marvel of technology and a symbol of our relationship with our neighbours to the south.
[IMAGE] Cutting the tunnel
The Port Huron Daily Times released a special "International Tunnel Opening" edition on September 19, 1891. Here are some of the key excerpts from that lengthy and...