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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.


A look back at Guelph serial killer 'The Bedroom Strangler'

A look back at Guelph serial killer 'The Bedroom Strangler'

Russell Maurice Johnson found not guilty by reason on insanity for three murders, later confessed to seven more as well as 17 sexual assaults
Get to know two of Guelph's lesser-known composers and poets

Get to know two of Guelph's lesser-known composers and poets

Roberta Geddes-Harvey and Lydia Frances Williamson contributed as individuals and collaborators
When Guelph and area was a 'central point' of Fenian activity

When Guelph and area was a 'central point' of Fenian activity

Even locally there were Fenians fighting for the cause to rid Ireland of British rule
The last curtain call: When a legendary actor gave his final performance at the Guelph Opera House

The last curtain call: When a legendary actor gave his final performance at the Guelph Opera House

Imagine if a present-day celebrity were to make their final public appearance on a Guelph stage? It would be an event worthy of national, perhaps international, attention
'Women's beer parlors are a curse!' Remembering Guelph's two-room taverns

'Women's beer parlors are a curse!' Remembering Guelph's two-room taverns

Some saw' Ladies and Escorts rooms' as a 'threat to motherhood and to morality in general'
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