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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.


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
Almost 100 years later, the Lilac Bush Murder remains unsolved

Almost 100 years later, the Lilac Bush Murder remains unsolved

Twice tried for murder, Alwynne Edgar Thompson was found not guilty
Guelph hosted troops from the Netherlands during World War II

Guelph hosted troops from the Netherlands during World War II

Dutch royalty visited the troops while they were stationed here
A look back at 75 years of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

A look back at 75 years of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

75th anniversary chair says the festival's enduring success is "a testament to the folks that started it and have kept it going"
John Wilkinson: Puslinch's forgotten hero of a forgotten war

John Wilkinson: Puslinch's forgotten hero of a forgotten war

John Wilkinson was a decorated casualty of a long-forgotten conflict who went on to contribute in several ways to the area
All in the name of liberty; a jailbreak attempt thwarted by chief jailer's young son

All in the name of liberty; a jailbreak attempt thwarted by chief jailer's young son

Weeks in the works, escape plan involved removing larges stones from wall