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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Local legend of Jesse James visit to Wellington County has another chapter

Local legend of Jesse James visit to Wellington County has another chapter

Man claims great-great grandmother gave him gold coin from notorious outlaw before she passed
Gene Autry performances cleared Guelph streets in 1950

Gene Autry performances cleared Guelph streets in 1950

Just about everyone was at the show at Memorial Gardens
Christmas presents cost a lot less 100 years ago

Christmas presents cost a lot less 100 years ago

A look back at advertised prices in Guelph during the 1921 holiday season
The legend of outlaw Jesse James made its rounds in Wellington County

The legend of outlaw Jesse James made its rounds in Wellington County

James said to have used a $20 gold piece at a Guelph Township tollgate
'This Withering Disease of Conflict:' Letters home from a Guelph soldier

'This Withering Disease of Conflict:' Letters home from a Guelph soldier

Letters from Herb Philp compiled into book titled 'This Withering Disease of Conflict'
City's founding began with one felled tree

City's founding began with one felled tree

What became of its wood? Guelph Museums has a plaque allegedly made from it
William Philp elevated the sweet sounds of Guelph Musical Society

William Philp elevated the sweet sounds of Guelph Musical Society

Celebrated musician, conductor brought international praise to the city
Search for escaped German POW made its way to Guelph during Second World War

Search for escaped German POW made its way to Guelph during Second World War

Lieut. Siegfried Schmidt was believed to have escaped with six others from a POW. camp in Gravenhurst
Prime Minister proved popular during 1904 visit to Guelph

Prime Minister proved popular during 1904 visit to Guelph

Crowds gathered at City Hall and the Opera House to hear from Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Let there be light: Special 1908 event saw downtown illuminated with electric light for first time

Let there be light: Special 1908 event saw downtown illuminated with electric light for first time

Various festivities, competitions and entertainment also part of Old Home Week