MEETINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS:
The Society usually holds its monthly meetings at 7:15 for a 7:30 p.m. start in the Rousseau Room at Swansea Town Hall on the first Wednesday of October, November, December, February, March, April, and May, with a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker, light refreshments and time to reminisce. Our Annual Walk is always held on the first Saturday in June.
We are sorry to have to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel all meetings of the Swansea Historical Society for the remainder of 2021. We trust you will understand the need to take this extreme step, which we had been delaying in the hope that more progress might have been made by now in the battle against COVID-19. However, new infections and new deaths continue to be reported daily, and there is widespread concern about the likelihood of a “second wave” in the fall. The Swansea Town Hall is still closed to the public, and scheduled events there are subject to stringent restrictions. Many of us are uncomfortable participating in indoor events at this time, and our October speaker has asked to be rescheduled to 2021. (We will not even be holding face-to-face meetings of the Executive for the foreseeable future).
As you may know, we already had to cancel the Swansea Historical Society meetings for April and May, 2020, as well as the annual historic walking tour in June 2020. We will be working to reschedule all of the speakers whose presentations have been disrupted by COVID-19, with the hope that we will be able to resume our normal meeting schedule in the new year, starting with Wednesday, February 3, 2021. (Traditionally, the Swansea Historical Society does not hold meetings in January). Of course, all arrangements must be treated as tentative at this time, given the uncertain future trajectory of the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the Archives will also remain closed to the public until further notice. We will advise you when regular Wednesday opening hours can be resumed. For now, we will do our best to respond to email or telephone requests for information, although our answers may be delayed somewhat because we have limited access to our files at the Swansea Town Hall.
In the meantime, we invite you to continue following our activities through the Society’s website www.swanseahistoricalsociety.ca and the website of the Swansea Town Hallwww.swanseatownhall.ca. You can also to follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Swansea_History or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/swansea_history .
If you wish to contact us, the Society’s mobile telephone number is 647-859-3901, and you can send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the SHS website. Our mailing address is 95 Lavinia Avenue, Box 102, Toronto ON M6S 3H9. Your comments and suggestions are always most welcome.
We are always looking for donations of old photographs and memorabilia and are interested in any stories or historical information you may have of the Swansea area, so please contact us!
Please call or email us for an appointment!
To the right are a few pictures from our archives … click here for more background explanation of each picture!