Join Historian Matthew Wilkinson for a special episode of “Ask A Reenactor” on August 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. on our YouTube channel.

This week Matthew interviews Omar El Sharkawy, a Private in the 2nd Regt. of York Militia – Thompson’s Company, to explore how reenactors are drawn to the world of reenactment, the challenges and joys of #LivingHistory, and the incredible experience of suspending your disbelief and experiencing the life of an 1812 soldier.

Omar El Sharkawy is a recent graduate of the history program at the University of Toronto as well as a Research Assistant at Heritage Mississauga.

His interests are in the histories and historiographies of the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and world revolutions, with particular attention to themes of decolonization.

#ApartTogther we explore and celebrate the history and comradery of the 2nd Regt. of York Militia – Thompson’s Company.


You are invited to email us questions you have about Mississauga and we encourage you to send a short (less than 1 minute) MP4 video of your question, which we may feature in one of our “Ask a Historian” videos.

Any questions not featured in our videos will receive a written response from Matthew.

We would also love to feature questions from young Mississauga residents who are curious about their city and will feature a dedicated video to these inquisitive kids.

Send your questions to us at: info@herit