BORDEN, ON, Feb. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust hosted a special event at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden to launch the province's annual celebration of Heritage Week, which runs from February 17 to 23.
Today's event focused on the theme - Remembering the First World War: Ontario in Transition - exploring the social and political situation in Ontario at the outbreak of conflict in 1914.
Museums and heritage organizations across the province are hosting Heritage Week activities, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca/hw2014 for event listings. Many of the Ontario Heritage Trust's sites - including Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Fulford Place in Brockville, Parliament interpretive centre in Toronto and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre in Toronto - are offering special activities for the week. In addition, the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will present the annual Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards in partnership with the Trust at Queen's Park on Friday, February 21.
Throughout 2014, the Ontario Heritage Trust will be hosting events and activities based on the theme "Remembering the First World War: Ontario in Transition," to honour key people, places, events and stories from this era in a provincial context and to commemorate this important chapter in Ontario's history.
"Heritage Week presents an important opportunity for us - as a people and as a province - to reflect on the events that have shaped our shared history and inform our collective identity today. The 100th anniversary of the First World War is a chance for us to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of our past generations while educating our youth and newest citizens on these events that made Canada the place we celebrate today."
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"The Great War and its aftermath unequivocally transformed Ontario. During this year's Heritage Week, and throughout 2014, I hope that Ontarians will reflect on the province as it was leading up to 1914, and consider the changes that impacted its identity and development - both during the First World War, in the years that followed up to the present day."
— Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust
- Heritage Week takes place every year in the third week of February.
- Led by the Ontario Heritage Trust, the week-long celebration recognizes the important work of heritage organizations and volunteers across the province.
Find out more about Heritage Week 2014 events and activities happening across the province at www.heritagetrust.on.ca/hw2014.
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
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For more information about Heritage Week 2014, contact Catrina Colme at 416-325-5074 or [email protected]