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Brockville Museum

Book a History Talk

Due to COVID19 this service is currently suspended, however, a virtual presentation may be an option. Please contact our Interpretation & Public Program Coordinator, Peggy at to discuss options.

Brockville Museum "History Talks"

Designed as 45 minute*, stand-alone interpretive programs, the Brockville Museum is pleased to offer our "history talks".  These illustrated talks are available to groups of any age or size.  Some include hands-on activities and all are designed to generate discussion.  A wide variety of interesting topics are available all focusing on our local history and the people and events that were involved. 

Programs are not only available on-site at the Brockville Museum, but are also available to service clubs, tour groups, and seniors’ homes at locations convenient to them.

Included is a list of our most popular programs.  Programs on other topics of general interest are possible as we are always looking for new ideas!

*Programs can be shortened (or lengthened) to best fit your itinerary

Booking a Program:

Off-Site:  To arrange for a guest speaker at your next meeting or event, contact the Interpretation & Public Program Co-ordinator at  We will require a small table for the projector as well as a screen.  The rest of the equipment we will provide.

On-Site:  Programming is available for groups visiting the museum as part of a tour or other outing.  Presentations are held in either the Carriage Hall or Classroom at the Brockville Museum.  For more information on group rates and services for in-coming tour groups click here.

Program Themes Available:

Specific to Brockville:

  • 200 Years of Printing History: The Recorder & Times
  • Automatic Electric
  • Brockville Architecture (how downtown Brockville has changed over the years)
  • Brockville's Automotive Industry
  • Brockville's Confectioneries
  • Brockville’s Crimes & Criminals
  • Brockville's Dairy History
  • Brockville Hotels
  • Brockville's Parks
  • Brockville's Waterfront (looking at the changes, stories & history surrounding Brockville's waterfront)
  • Churches of Brockville
  • The Country Fair (a look at the importance of local fall fairs)
  • Creating a Legacy - The Smart Plant (social history of the James Smart Plant)
  • Dance Halls - Dancing the Nights Away
  • Downtown Christmas
  • Millionaires of Brockville
  • Officer's Training Camp
  • Ogle Gowan & The Orange Lodge
  • Painting Brockville (discover how Brockville became an artistic hot spot in the 1900s)
  • Patent Medicine in Brockville
  • Phillip's Cables
  • Photography in Brockville- Capturing Brockville
  • Royal Visits (looking at the many royal visits to Brockville)
  • Shopping Downtown Brockville
  • Brockville's Social Clubs
  • Tales and Fables - The Story of Mother Barnes
  • Brockville's Waterfront
  • War on the Homefront - Brockville During the War
  • Women of Brockville (historic local women who made a mark on the city)

Other Interests:

  • All-Natural Department Store (a look at how early pioneers used native plants and remedies)
  • Sugaring Time (maple syrup history and production)