January 15th 2014
40 Years / 40 Sagas
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the City of Mississauga
From the Museums of Mississauga
“What the city will ultimately become only time will tell. With large areas of open farmland inside its borders, and with the Credit River winding peacefully through the western half of the city it can become a city of unparalleled natural beauty, a city where scenic parkland and extensive recreational facilities are intertwined among the commercial, residential and industrial areas. Mississauga will hopefully become a “people city”, a lovely environment in which to work and play.”
-Program, Ceremonial Inaugural Meeting of the Council of the City of Mississauga, January 16th, 1974
Such was the vision of the first Council of the City of Mississauga in 1974. At the time, the City was the twelfth largest in Canada, with a population of 208,000 people. The City of Mississauga was created by the amalgamation of Streetsville, Port Credit and the Town of Mississauga. The Town had been established in 1968 when the historic communities of Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Lakeview, Lorne Park, Meadowvale Village, Malton, and Sheridan joined together.
Even today, as the City of Mississauga celebrates its 40th anniversary, the identities and uniqueness of these original communities continues to thrive within the context of Canada’s sixth largest City, with a growing, culturally diverse population of 734,000 residents and over 55,000 businesses, including more than 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
This exhibit explores a few of the highlights of the past forty years of the growth, development and planning of the Corporation of the City of Mississauga with a focus on one story or “saga” per year. Taken together, these stories give a sense of the strength of leadership shown by City of Mississauga Mayors, Council and staff as they have worked together with the community to ensure that, as the 2009 Strategic Plan Our Future Mississauga states, Mississauga will be “A place where people choose to be.”
The exhibit will be in the Great Hall at the Mississauga Civic Centre until February 18th, with more venues to follow. See the website for more information: http://40years40sagas.com/about/
January 6th 2014
John Stewart and Fred Loek of the Mississauga News head into retirement:
After covering Mississauga extensively for more than 40 years, chief photographer Fred Loek and news editor John Stewart are ready to enjoy retirement. They, and their collective eight decades of knowledge, experience and expertise, are retiring.
Mississauga News: http://www.mississauga.com/community-story/4295013-two-newsroom-legends-head-into-retirement/
Heritage Mississauga, on behalf of its members, offers our thanks to the passion, dedication and service that both have provided to the City of Mississauga over their many years of excellent work - literally as our city’s "eyes" and "ears" in the news!
Best wishes to both John and Fred in retirement, and thank you. Your fine work and inisght will be missed, and your work has left a remarkable documetary and news legacy of our city for future historians!
November 29th 2013
In the early morning hours of November 28th, fire broke out in the Fatima Grocer’s building at 28 Dundas Street East in old Cooksville, now part of the City of Mississauga, just east of Hurontario Street. The fire also appears to have damaged older building on either side, including the 1869 former Schiller Hotel building (also formerly Irwin’s Hardware), which itself had suffered a major fire in February of 2004.
For more information, please visit: http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/4243314-update-cooksville-fire-causes-over-1m-in-damage
November 12th 2013
The Mississauga South Historical Society, founded in 1963, celebrates its 50th Anniversary in style on Thursday, November 14th, 7pm, at Clarke Memorial Hall in Port Credit (161 Lakeshore Road West). The celebration includes guest speaker Alan Skeoch, a tribute to the founders and past presidents of MSHS, and much, much more! Free! Join MSHS for a fun evening and cake!
For more information, please visit the MSHS website: http://www.clients.teksavvy.com/~chessie/
November 11th 2013
PAMA RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION BY THE ONTARIO MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
Heritage Mississauga congratulates our community partners and colleagues at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) for these well-derserved awards!
(From Press Release)
On Nov. 7, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) was recognized by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) for outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community. PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation and an Honourable Mention for Excellence in Exhibitions at the 2013 Awards of Excellence ceremony in Markham, Ontario.
“We are honoured to be recognized for PAMA’s commitment to creating valuable and innovative displays and exhibitions,” said Marty Brent, Acting Manager, PAMA. “We have aspired to create a space where visitors can learn about our community’s rich culture and heritage.”
PAMA received the Award of Excellence for Innovation for the Interactive Map of Peel, a 55” multi-touch screen built into a table that provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for Peel residents. This engaging technology bridges the gap between the Region’s past and present, and provides an interactive source of heritage and cultural history for all residents.
An Honourable Mention for the Excellence in Exhibitions category was presented to PAMA for We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region. This permanent exhibition gives voice to the Aboriginal community in Peel and beyond. Through innovative presentation and authentic voice, this exhibition provides visitors with an understanding of the Aboriginal experience over the past two centuries.
The Interactive Map of Peel was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Sport and was created in partnership with Albion Bolton Historical Society, Brampton Heritage Board, Brampton Historical Society, Caledon Heritage Committee, Heritage Mississauga, Historic Bovaird House, Mississauga Library System, Museums of Mississauga, Streetsville Historical Society, and Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. PAMA acknowledges the Peel Aboriginal Network, Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Credit River Métis Council, and distinguished advisors from the community in the development of We Are Here, the Story of Aboriginal People in Peel Region.
The Ontario Museum Association’s awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community with an emphasis on innovation, to advance the museum profession in Ontario and to encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field.
PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E. in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.
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