TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Next week, communities across the province are hosting special events and activities in celebration of Ontario Heritage Week 2018, which runs from February 19 to February 25.
Heritage Week is an opportunity for Ontarians to explore the rich and diverse heritage of their communities and the province by visiting historic sites and museums; participating in events, lectures and workshops; going to exhibits, tours and performances; and more.
Each year, the Ontario Heritage Trust sets a theme for Heritage Week and its coming year of commemorative activities. In 2018, the Trust is exploring 100 years of women's suffrage in Ontario – the women who led the movement, what it meant for those who became enfranchised and, crucially, what it meant for women still excluded.
Ontario Heritage Week is also when many communities host ceremonies to recognize volunteers and organizations for contributions to preserving, protecting and promoting local heritage. At the provincial level, the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards – which recognize exceptional achievements in heritage conservation – will be presented at a Queen's Park ceremony on Friday, February 23.
"As we observe the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is a fitting time to reflect on the tremendous change that occurred in the post-war era. There are examples of oppression and exclusion, but we also find inspiration from those who won hard-fought battles for equal rights. I hope you will come out to celebrate Heritage Week 2018 and join us throughout the year as we explore these important milestones, which have shaped the province we live in today."
— Harvey McCue, Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust
"Heritage Week is a wonderful opportunity for Ontarians to explore the history of their communities and to learn more about the rich and diverse heritage of this province. It's also an ideal time to celebrate the many volunteers and organizations who have worked hard over the year on projects to help conserve Ontario's heritage – I applaud them for their outstanding achievements and contributions to our province."
– Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- See the Ontario Heritage Trust's list of Heritage Week 2018 events and activities happening across the province.
- Find out more about the Ontario Heritage Trust's programs to recognize achievements in heritage conservation – the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards and Young Heritage Leaders.
The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.
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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust
For further information: CONTACTS: Catrina Colme, Ontario Heritage Trust, 416-325-5074, firstname.lastname@example.org