Women who shaped Canada

Children's author Lisa Dalrymple spoke on the research that went into her book " Fierce: Women who shaped Canada " at the Wellington County Historical Society's meeting on April 10, 2022.



Senator Rob Black, hall of fame inductee Dr. Peter Harry Sikkema and WCHS representative Ian Easterbrook.

New inductee to Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame

On October 17, 2021, Dr. Peter Sikkema was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame. Peter has made outstanding contributions to Ontario agriculture as a researcher, teacher and extension agronomist. His research on weed management has impacted some of Ontario’s most widely-grown field crops including corn, soybeans, cereals and edible beans. He has conducted over 3,000 field experiments and has published more peer reviewed manuscripts on field crop agronomy than any professor in the 146 year history of the Ontario Agriculture College.

WCHS board of directors - Ian Easterbrook, Jude Dowling hospital historian, Ev Robson, Nikki Logan, Ron Hattle and Kathy Bouma.

Groves plaque rededicated

On September 27th, 2021, the executive of the Wellington County Historical Society attended an event to recognize the re-installing of the Groves Memorial Plaque. The original was erected by the WCHS on the entrance to the former Groves Memorial Community hospital on Union Street. The plaque was erected to commemorate Dr. Abraham Groves, founder of the hospital. The original plaque plus an additional small information plaque is now placed at the entrance to our new Groves Memorial Hospital.


Newly discovered book manuscript by Stephen Thorning

The Wellington County Historical Society needs your help to bring it to the world!

Make your tax-deductible donation by sending a cheque to the Wellington County Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Fergus, ON N1M 2W7 or donate online to the Stephen Thorning Book Publication Project at Canada Helps.

Armed with an insatiable curiosity about the village he called home, renowned local historian, Stephen Thorning, began researching and writing the history of Elora in the late 1970s.

Having traced its development as a planned community in the 1830s to its growth as an industrial centre in the 1920s, he set aside the unfinished manuscript for over thirty years.

In that time, Thorning earned first a Masters degree then a PhD in History, and served on Village Council. But he is most well-known for his weekly column, “Valuing our History,” delving into the events and characters of Wellington County’s past, and cementing his reputation as its most prolific historian.

Rediscovered after he passed away in 2015, Stephen Thorning’s meticulously-researched manuscript is now in the hands of the Wellington County Historical Society. We need your help to bring it to the world!

The Model Village

A model of 19th-century town-planning, of village qualities, and a model for other towns to emulate, Thorning explains how for Victorians, Elora was planned, promoted, and understood as: The Model Village.

Turning his eye to 19th-century urban development in southwestern Ontario, Stephen Thorning examines the interconnectedness of politics, industry, government, and economics in shaping the evolution of a small village with large aspirations.

It reveals how world events, optimism, ingenuity, and egos propelled and, at times, thwarted the development of the Model Village.

For more information about the project contact Kathy Bouma: kebouma@gmail.com 519.843.7703