There’s oh so much to find out about the Forest City’s past…

Whether you’ve wondered about the history behind the Victoria Park monuments, how Call the Office and The Richmond have stood the tests of time, or about the Eldon House ghost stories, there’s lots to learn at the screening for Histories of London, ON: A Mini-Documentary Series.  

Fuse Contributors Emily Stewart and Jason Plant and the team behind MC Spirit Studios have captured the essence of the history behind some of London’s beloved spaces.

What is the Mini-Documentary Series?

The project showcases London’s history and a community-wide appreciation for it. These short docs also add to LondonFuses’ collection of heritage-driven content.

Funding for the project was provided by the Community Heritage Investment Program (CHIP)CHIP is an initiative that is administered by the London Heritage Council and funded by the City of London. The grant supports non-profit heritage and cultural heritage organizations and their workers… just like us! 

What will each video be about?

Each five-minute video will look at a different aspect of London’s heritage.

Relive your Forest City summer memories of idle days spent in the great outdoors. Two of the features will explore Labatt Park and traditions on the world’s oldest continually-operated baseball diamond. Another takes a look at the histories of Victoria Park and Harris Park. 

From sights to sounds… London has plenty of small communities brought together with music. 

A History of London: A Mini-Documentary Screening. The Richmond Tavern in London, Ontario.
The Richmond Tavern is one of the oldest surviving bars in London, Ontario. Come find out why at the mini-documentary screening!

The series also explores the community and history behind some of London’s oldest surviving bars, as well as the heritage of two London churches and their music programs. 

A History of London: A Mini-Documentary Screening. Cleveland Brownlee of the London Majors signing autographs for fans in Labatt Park on Canada Day in London, Ontario.
The screening will also look at London’s long standing tradition of baseball at Labatt Memorial Park.

Lastly, just in time for Halloween, one video will explore London’s most iconic ghost story at Eldon House as well as some of the history behind Woodland Cemetery

Where will the screening be?

The venue for the screening, The Baker’s Dozen, has some explicit ties to London’s past. The building was the former Lilleys Corners that has now been restored to house 20 artisans and independent shops, becoming quite the community hub in so doing. 

If you want to know more about London’s past and present, then stop by the Baker’s Dozen on Thursday, October 25, and enjoy five short documentaries about London’s heritage, mingle with fellow history enthusiasts, and then enjoy some light food and drinks!

What are the details?

What: A History of London: A Mini-Documentary Series

When: Thursday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: The Baker’s Dozen, 613 Dundas Street

How Much: Free admission. 

Tickets: Space is limited so reserve your spot right here.

For more information, please contact Nicole Borland, executive director, at 519-614-7125 or nicki@londonfuse.ca. 

And check out the Facebook event right here.

Feature photo by Jason Plant

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