Author and family have long, deep association with fire department

Sarnia Fire Chief John Kingyens, left, history writer Phil Egan, and Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Van Gaver, right, at the Clifford Hansen Fire Station on East Street, where a public open house is planned July 15. Cathy Dobson Cathy Dobson Sarnia Fire Rescue will unveil its latest educational tool at [...]

2018-02-03T21:00:06+00:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

January Meeting with Bob McCarthy Recap

Bob McCarthy is a local author, historian and retired teacher working to compile 150 stories from across Lambton County, stories that highlight the county's history.  He has written 11 books on local and family history. Bob discussed his latest project with us at our last Sarnia Historical Society meeting, which [...]

2017-01-24T17:30:25+00:00January 16th, 2017|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

TurnerMoore 100th Anniversary Vimy Dinner

MEDIA RELEASE Sarnia Historical Society & The Royal Canadian Legion Announce Plans for TurnerMoore 100th Anniversary Vimy Dinner The Sarnia Historical Society and The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 are planning a special cenotaph ceremony and commemorative dinner to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The [...]

2017-01-12T22:04:09+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Sarnia At War: Special from The Sarnia Journal

Written in The Sarnia Journal on November 11th, 2016 “Lest we forget” is a phrase heard often this time of year. Essentially, it’s a plea to remember the sacrifices that have been made before so that we may live in peace and freedom today. In that spirit, The Sarnia Journal [...]

2016-12-04T02:59:25+00:00December 4th, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Debra Majer: March Guest Speaker

At our March 15th, 2016 meeting Debra Majer from the Diocese of London gave a talk entitled: Bishop in the Trenches: A Journey Through Bishop Fallon’s WWI Diary." Major told a fascinating story about Bishop Fallon and his service in WW1.  Fallon wrote a daily journal and expressed his hopes while presenting [...]

2016-10-19T00:24:18+00:00March 15th, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

An Inquiry from England – The Anthony Grant Story

INTRODUCTION In June, 2015 the Sarnia Historical Society received a request for assistance from a Mr. Anthony Grant of London, England. Mr. Grant was inquiring about the late Derrick Wilfred Haney of Sarnia who perhaps was the father Grant never met.  The correspondent was hoping that the S.H.S. might be [...]

2016-10-19T00:24:18+00:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments


MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <January 5, 2016> Sarnia, ON –   A group of local volunteers is busy collecting stories of Lambton’s past from those who witnessed them firsthand. The Lambton County Oral History Project, a joint venture between the Sarnia Historical Society and the Lambton County Historical Society [...]

2016-01-05T18:07:35+00:00January 5th, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Errol: The city that never was

The registered plan of Errol, from 1856. shows the street configuration for what was envisioned to become a major city. Image courtesy of the Lambton County Archives, Wyoming. 9ID-A. Phil Egan            Special to The Sarnia Journal It was there, and then it wasn’t. Today, travellers setting out from Christina [...]

2016-10-19T00:24:30+00:00January 3rd, 2016|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Remembrance Day 2015

The Sarnia Historical Society partook in the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Sarnia.  We marched with other wreath bearers  and were honoured to have Tom Slater and his father Oliver Slater lay a wreath on our behalf. "The laying of the wreath was a tremendous honour for both of us" says Tom Slater. [...]

2016-10-19T00:24:30+00:00November 15th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments

Big Tom Returns Home to Veteran’s Park

To read more details about the cannon, visit "Big Tom" Cannon. Download this Media Release in a PDF. Lou Giancarlo had a feeling that something was out of place. He couldn’t help wondering what the cannon known to generations of Sarnians as “Big Tom” was doing in Canatara Park. Eight [...]

2016-10-19T00:24:30+00:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: The Blog|0 Comments