Former students of Lord Elgin High School (1970 to 2004) will be holding their 50th Reunion celebration on June 20th, 2020 at the Burlington Polish Hall (2316 Fairview Street, Burlington, Ontario L7R 2E4) from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am. Tickets will go on sale February 15th, 2020 on the Eventbrite web site, $30.00 per ticket.
In 50 years, what would you want people to know about your life? We take for granted that the common place will always remain the common place. With global warming, will my children or grand children know winters like the ones we had as kids. With millions of people moving into the GTA, will open fields and wide blue skies still be something you can experience?
The Elizabeth Gardens Community Art Project is my effort to translate your memories, photos, and experiences into artwork. The goal is to collect as many of your photos and stories as possible and find the common elements that tell the history of East Burlington. I am interested in hearing from people who lived or worked between the Lake and the highway; and between the Burloak Drive and Apply Line.
I expect the project to take at least two years to completed. My goal is to create a body of artwork that will first be displayed in the community and then later shown at a regional art gallery like the Art of Burlington.
At the moment, my particular focus is the local high school (RBHS/LEHS) which will be closing in June 2020. Given the tight time frame, I would love to hear your stories about this unique institution while the school is still operating. There is a difference about telling a stories about the present versus the past.
I can be reached by most types of social media or by email.
Tuesday, Sept 4th, 1959 – Elizabeth Gardens Public School open its doors for the very first time.
There are many ways to mark the birth of a community: first
settlers(1812); breaking ground for new subdivisions (1956); or when
Burlington annexed Nelson Township in 1958.
In my view, the heart of a community is a school, particularly in the
1950s and 1960s when the entire project of building homes was for new
families. Elizabeth Gardens even predates the opening of the St.
Elizabeth’s Anglican Church which held it first services at the school.
As I ready to send my kids off to a small elementary school with
declining enrollment, parents in 1959 faced a different reality.
Burlington’s public elementary schools were expecting 7,730 students; a
1,000 student increased from Sept 1958. To teach these kids, 260
teachers had been hired to teach those students.
There were no
portables in those days, with only the front facing portion of Elizabeth
Gardens being constructed. With a surging student population, the
Board quickly decided to build an extension and it open 2 years later.
In the meantime, subdivisions continued to spread west and north, with
Prospect Gardens subdivision opening it’s model home during the summer
of 1959. However, for a brief moment in time, the community of
Elizabeth Gardens was the center of the world.
In many ways, the birth of Elizabeth Gardens also marked the birth of modern Burlington.
To help people follow the the Community Art Project, a newsletter will be started shortly. Once up and running, you will be able to sign up and get newsletters sign to your email account. In addition, social media accounts have been created on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube using the name EGArtProject.
The Elizabeth Gardens Community Art Project is an artistic effort to capture the growth and change that has occurred in one community from the early 1950s to the present. The area under study is bounded by Lakeshore Road, QEW, Burloak Drive, and Appleby Line.
The Project’s aim is to collect photos, stories and oral histories from current and former residents and business owners. Using these reference materials, a body of art work will be created (informed by a sense place, meaning, and identity).
Once completed, the goal is to display the art within the community and then at a regional art gallery. At the end of the project, original reference materials (photos, written documents, and oral histories) will be donated to an archive collection (if possible) in order to preserve the community’s history.
The EGArtProject website will be the primary source for updates.
If you are interested in participating in this project then please send me an email at email@example.com.