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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.


The foundations of Guelph's rich Black history

The foundations of Guelph's rich Black history

'When we have the spirit of brotherhood, it means everyone is equal to anyone, without regard to their color, their nationality or their religion'
The sad tale of a murderous war hero

The sad tale of a murderous war hero

In this edition of Then and Now, Ed Butts tells us about William Moir, a decent man until the bottle took control
The story of The Blacksmith statue, a Guelph fixture for 135 years

The story of The Blacksmith statue, a Guelph fixture for 135 years

He's been relocated twice and restored once, but the Macdonell Street statue has survived it all
Pandemic reminds us of the battle against tuberculosis

Pandemic reminds us of the battle against tuberculosis

In this Then and Now article, Ed Butts looks at how other contagious diseases, namely tuberculosis, affected us years ago
Optimism abounds in 1907 Guelph

Optimism abounds in 1907 Guelph

'There are no legitimate signs in the heavens that the hey-day of our prosperity has passed,' we hear in this installment of Then and Now
Christmas 1945 saw Guelph trying to return to normal

Christmas 1945 saw Guelph trying to return to normal

In this edition of Then and Now, Ed Butts takes a look at the first Christmas after the end of World War II
Remembering 'The Guelph Flyer' Fred Meadows

Remembering 'The Guelph Flyer' Fred Meadows

This week's Then and Now takes a look at one of Guelph's greatest athletes, distance runner Fred Meadows
Life was a stage for Terry Doyle, one of Guelph's finest actors

Life was a stage for Terry Doyle, one of Guelph's finest actors

Today we launch a new monthly feature, Then and Now, where noted Guelph historian Ed Butts will bring you stories about people, places and events from the past and their significance today