Virtual Literary Collectors' Night · July 28 · 7 PM
In partnership with the Collingwood Public Library.
Has your interest in a specific book, series or genre resulted in a personal collection? Big or small, we want to hear about it!
Perhaps you collect, comics, works by a specific author, or memorabilia related to books? Do you have a Hogwarts-themed room in your home, a bottle of raspberry cordial in your pantry, or every edition of The Hobbit on your shelf? This event is for you!
Interested in joining but don't have an item to share? As a viewer, you'll have the ability to ask questions and join the conversation without the pressure of being on screen. (Viewers must still register to access the Zoom session.)
The event will be hosted on Zoom, a user-friendly video conferencing platform that is presently being used by Town of Collingwood for staff, committee, and council meetings.
Pre-registration is required and please note that the number of collectors sharing an item will be limited for timing purposed, but don't worry! We are hoping to offer this program on a recurring basis.
Each collector will have up to 5 minutes to share one item of their choosing. A schedule will be shared with participants ahead of the event.
Collecting for Collingwood: COVID-19
Collingwood residents have a long and impressive history of actively collecting and telling the stories of our community. In good times and bad, residents have documented local and global events that have changed the way we live, work, and play.
The COVID-19 Pandemic is a historic global event that we are experiencing both together and apart. The routines of daily life, business operation, school life, and community interactions have been dramatically altered. In 100 years, what do you want the residents of Collingwood to know about the challenges we are facing today and how we are overcoming them?
The Collingwood Museum wants to hear how COVID-19 is impacting you. We understand that your stories may be challenging to tell due to the traumatic reality of the virus and we thank you for taking the time to assist in documenting this event for future generations.
All content submitted to this collection may be used by the Collingwood Museum for future research and reference, education, exhibitions, programs, marketing, reproductions and promotional purposes.
How can I contribute to this collection?
- Submit your experiences and photographs online by completing this form: https://forms.gle/dt96b61ruPHQhiKA6. (Google Account required)
Don't have a Google Account? Use this online form to submit your experiences: https://forms.gle/tcbzucFc4bCybukH9
Online forms can be submitted multiple times to capture changing experiences. Contributors must read and understand the informed consent release form.
- Keep a physical or digital journal documenting your daily/weekly/monthly experiences for submission after the outbreak. Use these journaling prompts to help you get started.
- Donate a physical object that best represents COVID-19 in Collingwood. Please note that this collecting effort does not intend to take away resources from our community and front-line workers.
Enjoy some of the museum’s most popular research resources from home as we all practice self-isolation and physical distancing.
Collingwood was, and still is, directly affected in many ways by the marine history of the community. From the very early years of the 1850s when the harbour was used primarily for boat building, through its era as a vital east-west link across the continent, to its importance as a shipbuilding town, Collingwood maintained strong marine roots.
The Collingwood Museum has made it possible for you to explore the Town's shipbuilding heritage at virtualmuseum.ca with more than 100 photos, detailed text and audio in their virtual exhibit titled "Hulls on Hurontario: Collingwood's Maritime Legacy"
About the Collingwood Museum
Step inside a modern take on Collingwood’s 1873 train station, but don’t let the exterior fool you! The Collingwood Museum’s collection stretches far beyond Collingwood’s transportation history.
Popular curiosities include a razor-sharp bill from a sawtooth shark and a twisted piece of metal recovered from the Halifax Explosion. You’ll also find paintings by local artists who trained under the Group of Seven, as well as a 140-year-old statue carved by Sir Sandford Fleming’s brother.
The sounds of Collingwood’s shipbuilding legacy ring through the gallery as a ship is side launched into the harbour on a loop of vintage film. Try your hand at turning a brass ship’s wheel, and get up close to models of Collingwood’s most famous ships, including the Chi-Cheemaun. Exhibits range from the evolution of local business and industry to the region’s First Nations people who inspired the establishment of the museum’s predecessor, the Huron Institute, in 1904.
The museum also houses an archival collection that is accessed by researchers from around the world. Photographs of Great Lakes vessels, Collingwood’s historic homes, downtown, and early industries are amongst the most popular items. Research may be conducted by appointment.
No visit is complete without browsing the museum’s quaint gift shop. It’s a popular stop for visitors and locals alike. You’re also just steps away from an extensive trail system that runs along the shores of Georgian Bay, so why not pack a picnic lunch and start your day at the museum! Bike parking and accessible washrooms are available.
Service & Rates
The Collingwood Museum offers the following:
- admission by donation
- research services (by appointment)
- image reproductions (by appointment)
- a gift shop full of unique gifts, books, clothing and more.
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Become a Member of the Collingwood Museum and help support our efforts. In addition to free admission to the Museum and discounts in the gift shop, Members receive monthly e-newsletters that keep you up-to-date on museum projects and events.
To become a member, please print out the attached form and submit it to:
The Collingwood Museum
P. O. Box 556
Please contact Museum Staff if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Member benefits include:
- Free Admission to the Museum – all year round!
- 20% discount in our gift shop*
- 20% discount on photographic services
- Free access to the archival and research collections (by appointment)
- Invitations to special events and exhibit reception
Museum Membership Form (fillable PDF)
First known as Hen and Chickens Harbour, with Hurontario Mills and the mill pond located at the east side, Collingwood was renamed in 1854 to honour one of Britain's most noted naval heros, Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, second in command to Admiral Horatio Nelson. By 1843 settlers had arrived and located on the shores of Georgian Bay near to where Collingwood is now situated.
A saw mill and a flour mill were erected on the shores of the bay by 1846 near the mouth of the Pretty River on the east side. The mills were a blessing to the settlers, since previously they had to carry their wheat and grains for grinding on their backs to Barrie, a distance of more than 36 miles.
While the townships around Collingwood were sparsely populated with few immigrant families as early as 1832, the settlements were far apart, with miles of dense woods between them. Although there had been talk for years of connecting Collingwood and Toronto by railway, it wasn't until 1851 that a company was formed and money obtained to begin the actual construction work after Collingwood was chosen as the northern terminus for the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railway line (later the Northern Railway of Canada) out of Toronto.
It was the arrival of the railroad in 1855 that cemented Collingwood's worth as a centre for shipping and shipbuilding, since the rail line offered the ability to transport goods, materials and people easily and efficiently through the Great Lakes and points west.
Shipping began to gain importance with Collingwood being an early transfer point for emigration to the United States or western Canada. Freight and passenger traffic between American ports and the town was so heavy at one point, that Collingwood boasted a United States consulate. Shipping by water meant that local wooden boat building flourished during the 1850's and 1860's.
Following the completion of the Queen's Dry Dock at the foot of Hurontario Street in 1882, corporate shipbuilding industry prospered. By the turn of the century Collingwood was fast gaining an international reputation for consistent quality work and innovative design under the banner of the Collingwood Shipbuilding Company.
Shipbuilding continued to play an important role in the fabric of the community's economy, with more than 1,000 employed during peak periods. While the closure of the Yard in 1986 dealt a serious economic blow to Collingwood, recovery was swift and stable.