Heritage & Culture

Creative Culture In Minto

Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum

The Palmerston Railway Station was one of the first buildings in Palmerston and was built as a one story structure in 1871. The rail business progressed so quickly that a second story was added in 1876 and a round house and car sheds were erected in the same year in the railway yard. In 1882 the Grand Trunk Railway bought out the Wellington Grey Bruce Railway Company and was immediately faced with competition from the Government-backed Canadian Pacific Railway. The result was an upgraded railway station with towers and a vaulted ceiling added in 1900.

The Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum Association has turned the station into a museum of railway memorabilia for the GTR/CNR our of Palmerston. Almost all of our displays have been donated by railway workers or their families. The museum is also home to the Town of Minto Heritage Association, which has research materials available for genealogical research.

The station is home to the famous handcar races and the handcars are available for rides. The Museum is open daily May to September and by appointment the rest of the year, our phone number for appointments is 1-519-343-3435 or 519-343-4014.

Minto Heritage Gallery

Minto Arts Council

The Harriston-Minto Heritage Gallery is a non-profit volunteer-run art gallery founded in 1996 and opened on May 22, 1997 in the upper floor of the historic Harriston Carnegie Library. The gallery is committed to showcasing local and distant artistic talent collections, along with historical and educational displays.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Basement Cafe Concert Series

The Basement Café is a three times yearly coffee house style concert sponsored by the Minto Arts Council, and is held in the lower level auditorium of the Harriston Public Library, located at 88 Mill Street, Harriston, Ontario. Held for the last ten years, the Café is growing into a much talked about and anticipated local event.

This concert event has featured wonderful Canadian performers such as James Gordon, Ian Tamblyn, Richard Knechtel, Juanita Wilkins, Katherine Wheatley, and Wendell Ferguson to name just a few.

Held in an intimate setting, these concerts offer an opportunity for the audience to experience an "up close and personal" performance from top-notch Canadian musicians, and likewise, gives performers a venue to really communicate with an enthusiastic and attentive crowd. It is a real treat for everyone involved, all around.

For information contact musical director Gordon Duff at 519-338-2497


Town Hall Theatre

Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild

A community theatre group, the Grey-WellingtonTheatre Guild is an all-volunteer group based at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. The theatre building is wheelchair accessible by elevator and boasts professional-quality lighting, sound and staging facilities. The guild has been staging both well-known favourites andinnovative modern shows for more than three decades. The Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild stages productions each spring and fall. For more information please call Peggy at 519-338-3681

For tickets, information or for other events happening at the theatre, call
e-mail gwtg@wightman.ca, or visit www.wellingtonarts/gwtg.com

Norgan Theatre

Norgan Theatre, Palmerston
In 1947, George Norgan, a successful Vancouver businessman with roots in Palmerston, recognized the lack of leisure opportunities in his home town. He addressed this situation with a personal donation of $50,000 for the construction of a movie theatre, the Norgan Theatre which bears his name. The theatre opened August 18 1947 with 5,000 people attending various events. For six decades, the Norgan has served its community, bringing Al Jolson, Ginger Rogers, Elvis, Luke Star Wars and countless other attractions to area film fans.
Show Times:
Friday & Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 p.m.

A variety of special performances are also held at the Norgan Theatre including, the monthly film festival, comedy nights, concerts and seminars.

For up-to-date venue information please visit www.norgantheatre.com or call 519-343-3640

Harriston Historical Society

Harriston Historical Society

The Harriston Historical Society, is dedicated to the preservation of the unique heritage of the town of Harriston and Minto Township (Ontario, Canada) through archival collections of vintage pictures, documents and artifacts.

Archibald Harrison, the first Reeve of Minto Township, was one of four brothers who were amongst the first settlers of the area.

Harriston was incorporated as a village in January 1873, with Alexander Meiklejohn as the first Reeve. In 1878 Harriston achieved status as a town, with Mr. Meiklejohn as the first mayor. With a population in the 1880s of close to 2000, the town boasted grist and saw mills, six hotels, blacksmiths, carpenters and several dry goods stores.

With hundreds of family histories-photographs and countless other indexed resources; you will find the Harriston Historical Society collection to be a treasure trove of valuable information and materials.

New material on display monthly. www.harristonhistoricalsociety.com