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 View original historical documents and photographs dating back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
Call 519-631-1460 ext. 193 for further information.