September 19, 2017
HANOVER, ON – The Town of Hanover Heritage Committee will launch two special initiatives during the community’s Culture Days being held September 29th to October 1st. Established in 2010, one of the roles of the Heritage Committee is to educate residents and visitors regarding Hanover’s history and heritage.
During a Launch Ceremony on Friday, September 29th, the Committee will unveil their Building Recognition Sign initiative and launch their Hanover Heritage Story Map. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm in Heritage Square and public members are welcome to attend.
Four building recognition signs will be unveiled in the first phase of a multi-year project. The Heritage Committee has documented the physical property inventory of over 30 properties deemed by the Committee to be historically important. Almost 80 properties have been identified by the Committee to be documented. The intent is to ‘tell the stories’ of the buildings for the awareness of future generations.
The Building Recognition Sign project acknowledges the historic importance of the building relative to its date of construction, original owner and their occupation. The initial four signs are: Temptations, Lyons & Co, Dutch Deli and Optical Gallery buildings. The signs will be displayed on the exterior of the building and are purchased cooperatively by the building owner and the Town.
‘Sharing our Town’s physical property history is important to ensure future generations are aware of our community’s past’ stated Al Morrow, committee chairperson.
To tell the stories of these properties, the Committee will launch their ‘Hanover Heritage Story Map’. Created in cooperation with the County of Grey, the Story Map is a web based virtual tour of our past. The buildings are plotted on a map and includes a photo from the past and a story about the property. The Story Map can be access from the Town website www.hanover.ca/history-and-heritage.
The Launch Ceremony is one of the events the Heritage Committee is hosting during Culture Days. The archives room will be open Friday, Sept. 29, 7 to 9pm and Saturday, Sept. 30 1 to 4pm. The Story Map will be available, as well as an opportunity to view photos, memorabilia and artifacts. The archives room is located at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at the corner of 11th Avenue and 9th Street.
The Committee is always curious about the hidden treasures in people’s houses that pertains to Hanover’s past. Their ‘artifacts roadshow’ will be held during the archives room hours noted above. Individuals are encouraged to bring their treasures that may be a photo, written document or artifact. Bring the item or a photo of it, if it is too large to transport, to be viewed and recorded by a Heritage Committee member.
‘Keeping our past alive through initiatives such as the new sign and Story Map projects, as well are our ongoing collections of artifacts is a passion of our Committee’ noted Morrow. ‘I encourage our residents to join us during the Culture Days weekend for a glimpse into our past.’
For more information on the lineup of events for Culture Days, please go to www.hanover.ca.
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Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture
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