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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.


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
Guelph's Sutherland sisters earned fame, notoriety

Guelph's Sutherland sisters earned fame, notoriety

One a steamy romance writer, the other a fashion designer whose creations are featured in Downton Abbey
Remembering Guelph's pugilistic past

Remembering Guelph's pugilistic past

First Canadian world heavyweight champion, Tommy Burns, brought exhibition bouts to the city
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