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Elgin County Heritage Centre
The Music Man lands in St Thomas

September 28, 2018 - A free brass concert will open a new exhibition at the Elgin County Heritage Centre, 460 Sunset Drive.

Famed brass instrument collector and director of London’s Plumbing Factory Brass Band, Dr. Henry Meredith will accompany the Cottonwood Band on Saturday, September 29th, at 2 pm.

The concert features arrangements of period museum performed on antique brass instruments. The four-person ensemble is a regular at the Cottonwood Mansion and has performed at other venues such as Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

The free concert coincides with the opening of a new exhibit –Brass Bands and Baseball, based on the Henry Meredith Collection of rare 19th century brass instruments. The exhibit highlights the many community bands that flourished in Elgin County around the turn of the 19th century.

Band concerts were a common pastime in Ontario of a century ago – holidays, fairs, and other events rarely passed without a band performance. Baseball was also a common pastime in towns and villages. Elgin had as many ball teams as we did bands.

Photos, equipment and instruments combine to illustrate these aspects of rural life in an earlier time.

Also – Time Travel with the Elgin County Archives

Join Elgin County Archives for a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility to learn how archival records are acquired, processed and stored to ensure preservation for future generations. View original historical documents and photographs dating back to Elgin County's inception and chat with archivists about our resources. Then head over to the Heritage Centre next door to travel back in time; choose a historic photograph, then see yourself transport to the past using Green Screen technology.

Take your photo home for FREE!

Elgin County Heritage Centre, 460 Sunset Drive, park behind the county building next door.

Call 519-631-1460 ext. 193 for further information.


Last Updated: Friday, 28 September 2018 14:26:49 PM EST

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