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Edinburgh Square
Heritage and Cultural Centre

 

 

 

Contact Information

Located at:
80 Caithness Street East
Box 2056
Caledonia, Ontario
Canada, N3W 2G6
Location on Google Maps 

Phone: 905-765-3134
Fax: 905-765-3009
Email: esquare.centre@haldimandcounty.on.ca  
Curator: Anne Unyi

  Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm (year round)
Saturday: 11 am to 3 pm (Victoria Day-Labour Day)
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed
Admission
Free
 
Archival Research Fee
$9.25 per visit
 

Description 

Edinburgh SquareBuilt in 1857, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, formerly the Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up, was designed by noted architect John Turner.

Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre presents the history of Caledonia through educational and outreach activities and a number of permanent & temporary exhibits. Of particular note is the original 1857 jail cell and a permanent display highlighting the gypsum mining industry along the Grand River.

Local history or family genealogy may be researched in the Gillespie Clark Reference Library. The library contains books, files and documents relating to Caledonia’s rich history. The archive holds a collection of surviving editions of the Grand River Sachem from 1856 to the present day.

 Museum Special Events  

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Print our event schedule to keep on your fridge or bulletin board.  Or sign up here to get up-to-date information on everything happening at the museums each month.  E-blasts are sent at the beginning of each month.

Education Programs at Edinburgh Square     

Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre offers the following tours for students:

  • Our Town Hall  
    • Students will learn about the founding of Caledonia, stories of early settlement, and explore the development of the community through hands-on activities
    • Grades K – 3
    • Curriculum Connections: Our Community
    • $3.50 per student
  • In-Class Presentations 
    • No need for a bus! Let us come to you!  Three different presentations to choose from:  
      • The History of Caledonia -  Famous People and Places
      • Black History of Haldimand County - Our Story
      • Using Primary Sources for School Project
      • Flat Rate for 1-1.5hr visit - $50.00
  •  Badge Programs 
    • Custom programs available.  Call to tailor a program for your group
    • $3.50 per participant.  Leaders are free

Volunteer Opportunities 

Lots of great ways to get involved at the museum, whether you are looking to help out, have fun or learn a new skill.  We are always looking for new volunteers to help with school/children's programming, special events and programs, collection management and exhibit work.

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 About Our Archives 

The Museum houses many important documents, records and photographs of the history of Caledonia.  We can help with local family records, community history and stories of local history.  We have Grand River Sachem editions on microfilm going back to 1857!

Genealogy Contract 

For more information about Archival Research Policies and Research Contracts, please view the Genealogy Contract.

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